The In Crowd

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Ramsey Lewis staked his claim to fame with The In Crowd, an instrumental version of Dobie Gray's Top 40 hit. He also was one of the first soul jazz icons of the mid-'60s, based on the strength of the sales of this recording, done over three days during a club date at the Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C. What is not readily acknowledged over the years is that bassist Eldee Young is really the star of the show. He's the one who gets the crowd revved up with his vocalizing in tandem with the notes he is playing. It's on his Ray Charles-like take on "Tennessee Waltz" and a similar treatment of Gale Garnett's minor pop hit "You Been Talkin' 'Bout Me Baby" that gets the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Ramsey Lewis staked his claim to fame with The In Crowd, an instrumental version of Dobie Gray's Top 40 hit. He also was one of the first soul jazz icons of the mid-'60s, based on the strength of the sales of this recording, done over three days during a club date at the Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C. What is not readily acknowledged over the years is that bassist Eldee Young is really the star of the show. He's the one who gets the crowd revved up with his vocalizing in tandem with the notes he is playing. It's on his Ray Charles-like take on "Tennessee Waltz" and a similar treatment of Gale Garnett's minor pop hit "You Been Talkin' 'Bout Me Baby" that gets the patrons off. Of course the quintessential hip shakin' introductory title track gets the groove in motion, but it's Young that lights the fuse. His stellar work with drummer Redd Holt bolsters the style of Lewis, and takes it further for the upbeat bossa "Felicidade." Of course, Lewis is the bluesy centerpiece on "Since I Fell for You," another cover of a pop hit that at the time Lenny Welch did so well. The variant is the dramatic "Theme from Spartacus," which has an up-and-down dynamic more suited for a concert hall than a smoky nightclub. This is the moment where Lewis shined the brightest, the "in crowd" at the club was verbally into it, and the time for this music was right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517448247
  • Catalog Number: 000978702
  • Sales rank: 1,467

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ramsey Lewis Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Track Performer
Eldee Young Bass, Cello
Redd Holt Drums
Ramsey Lewis Trio Track Performer
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Gale Garnett Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Esmond Edwards Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Alex North Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Billy Page Composer
Barry Alfonso Liner Notes
Jeremiah Clarke Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
Ray Rivers Composer
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