Time Flies

Time Flies

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by Ramsey Lewis
     
 

The fourth album on Narada Jazz from Ramsey Lewis, Time Flies is in effect a contemporary redo of his career. The themes that have been important in his music over the decades are each given some room (thus, there are classical, gospel, R&B, and straightforward jazz pieces here). At the same time, older songs are reworked with aspects of contemporary styles.See more details below

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The fourth album on Narada Jazz from Ramsey Lewis, Time Flies is in effect a contemporary redo of his career. The themes that have been important in his music over the decades are each given some room (thus, there are classical, gospel, R&B, and straightforward jazz pieces here). At the same time, older songs are reworked with aspects of contemporary styles. Finally, the third dimension of changes here is the span of old Lewis classics, covers of other artists, and a few new items penned specifically for Time Flies. The album opens with a bit of Brahms, which subtly morphs along the way into some smooth jazz reminiscent of a Bobby McFerrin composition in some ways. Similarly, a bit of Bach makes its way into straight jazz piano and perhaps a bit of a bossa nova later in the album. "Second Thoughts" is a new number, taking cues (perhaps coincidentally) from Piazzolla's tango aesthetic. The classic "Wade in the Water" is given a reworking in rhythm (courtesy of Ramsey's son Frayne), as is "The In Crowd," which gets a jumping round of percussion and clapping that could almost pass as "Got to Give It Up" to a casual bypasser. "Open My Heart" and "Hosanna" let Lewis go somewhat easier on the piano as he complements the gospel numbers with a grand dose of choir singers. Moving back to straightforward jazz piano, listeners get treats in the originals "Hide & Seek" and "Last Dance," both of which showcase his still-present chops in fine light. There's a little something for everyone on this album, making a fine stand at covering the multitude of styles and moods covered by Lewis over the past four decades or so. Fans of Lewis should pick it up as something other than a standard greatest-hits album, and newcomers to his sound may find it a worthwhile single-disc introduction to the variety encompassed by his catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724357689526
catalogNumber:
76895
Rank:
115409

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ramsey Lewis   Primary Artist,Piano,Piano (Grand)
Buddy Fambro   Guitar
Larry Gray   Bass,Flute,Electric Bass,Cello,Acoustic Bass
Bobby Lewis   Vocals
Alejo Poveda   Percussion
Juliette Lewis   Vocals
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Leon Jr. Joyce   Drums,Hand Drums
Jackie Cross   Vocals
Miriam Berry   Vocals
Valerie Houston   Vocals
Veronica Houston   Vocals

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Ramsey Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Yolanda Adams   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Kirk Franklin   Composer
Larry Gray   Arranger
Danny Leake   Engineer,Digital Editing
Frayne Lewis   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer
David Nichtern   Composer
Trevor Sadler   Mastering
Billy Page   Composer
James Harris   Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Composer
Kevin Randolph   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Lambert Waldrip   Programming

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