Very Best of Ramsey Lewis

Very Best of Ramsey Lewis

by Ramsey Lewis
     
 

This collection represents the "very best-of Ramsey Lewis" on GRP only. The "very best-of Ramsey Lewis period" would require several discs and would indeed include entire albums -- so prolific has the man been throughout most of his career. The material included here was recorded between 1992 and 1998 for Dave Grusin's label and includesSee more details below

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This collection represents the "very best-of Ramsey Lewis" on GRP only. The "very best-of Ramsey Lewis period" would require several discs and would indeed include entire albums -- so prolific has the man been throughout most of his career. The material included here was recorded between 1992 and 1998 for Dave Grusin's label and includes Lewis' smoothest sides. Literally. This isn't so much the funky Ramsey Lewis, or the fieriest Ramsey Lewis, but the Ramsey Lewis who pursued the groove in smooth jazz as the genre was being solidly defined. Unlike many other performers in this category, Lewis is a jazz musician first and foremost, and it shows in every note he plays. The best material from this 11-track collection includes "Baile del Alma (Dance of the Soul)," from the album of the same name issued in 1998, his revamped "Sun Goddess 2000" -- aping his biggest hit recorded for Columbia in 1974 -- from Between the Keys in 1996, "Les Fleurs" from the same set -- these track feature a huge band -- and "Who Are You," from 1993's Sky Islands. While the GRP period may not have been Lewis' most creative or memorable, these tracks narrow it down and prove that a soul-jazz musician from the '60s could make the transition to the more radio-friendly format in the '90s, and still keep his funk.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0602498884195
catalogNumber:
000597302
Rank:
66395

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ramsey Lewis   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes
Art Porter   Alto Saxophone
Tony Carpenter   Percussion
Steve Cobb   Percussion,Drums
Orbert Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sheila Fuller   Background Vocals
Adrian Gola   Violin
Keith Henderson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Frayne Lewis   Synthesizer
Clara Lindner   Violin
Michael Logan   Synthesizer
James Mack   Conductor
Alejo Poveda   Percussion
Arnie Roth   Concert Master
Brenda Stewart   Background Vocals
Morris Stewart   Background Vocals
Grover Washington   Soprano Saxophone
Pat Ferreri   Acoustic Guitar
Robert Swan   Viola
Marlou Johnston   Viola
Alan Rostoker   Cello
Lori Ashikawa   Violin
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Kevin Randolph   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Ramsey Lewis   Composer
Bill Cantos   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Frayne Lewis   Arranger,Composer,drum programming,Audio Production
Jon Lind   Composer
James Mack   String Arrangements
Dianne Reeves   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Allan Tucker   Mastering
Hollis King   Art Direction
Kevin Randolph   Composer
Ryan Cohan   Composer

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