The Very Best of Ramsey Lewis

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602498884195
  • Catalog Number: 000597302
  • Sales rank: 60,064

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Julia (5:16)
  2. 2 Les Fleurs (5:10)
  3. 3 Sky Islands (4:22)
  4. 4 Jackson Park (4:45)
  5. 5 A Night in Bahia (5:17)
  6. 6 Who Are You? (7:19)
  7. 7 Baile del Alma (Dance of the Soul) (6:35)
  8. 8 Sarah Jane (4:29)
  9. 9 Love's Serenade (4:30)
  10. 10 Cante Hondo (Deep Song) (7:33)
  11. 11 Sun Goddess 2000 (7:30)
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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 Jr. 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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