Urban Knights III

Urban Knights III

by Urban Knights
     
 
Most artists' idea of giving back to their communities involves some sort of charitable work or financial contribution. On Urban Knights III, legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis reaches deeper, forgoing the the all-star jam concepts of the first two Urban Knights projects (which featured everyone from the

Overview

Most artists' idea of giving back to their communities involves some sort of charitable work or financial contribution. On Urban Knights III, legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis reaches deeper, forgoing the the all-star jam concepts of the first two Urban Knights projects (which featured everyone from the late Grover Washington, Jr. to producer Maurice White), and cultivating some of Chicago's most deserving local R&B and jazz talents. Most of the featured players have deals with Lewis' Ivory Pyramid Productions. These core band members consist of keyboardist Kevin Randolph, bassist Sharay Reed, drummer Calvin Rogers, and percussionist Alejo Poveda, as well as the all-female vocal group the Staples (cousins of the famed Staple Singers) and vocalists Tammi and Hardeman. Despite his attempts at being just a supporting member of the band, Lewis can't help but stand out with his glittery, high-register glissandos on the moody "Until We Meet Again" and his crisp ivory improvisations off the kindly melody of "You're the One for Me." Just when you think he's settling in for too many pleasantries, he starts jamming with his able charges on the retro-minded, percussion-aggressive "Far and Away" (with Lewis banging away on electric piano) and on the autobiographical, throbbing bass-driven "Sweet Home Chicago." "Strung Out" isn't the most original R&B ballad in the world, but Lewis makes a great discovery in the towering vocalist Hardeman. With such great young players, one wonders why Lewis couldn't resist the commercial potential of having Dave Koz simmer on "Dancing Angels" and having Earl Klugh and Fareed Haque engage in the playful, steel string-classical guitar duel "Gypsy." Great tunes, but they're bound to take the focus off the kids.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724384849825
catalogNumber:
48498
Rank:
73184

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Urban Knights   Primary Artist
Fareed Haque   Acoustic Guitar
Earl Klugh   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Koz   Saxophone
Yvonne Gage   Background Vocals
Ramsey Lewis   Piano (Grand)
Keith Henderson   Rhythm Guitar
Alejo Poveda   Percussion
Jeff Morrow   Background Vocals
Sharay Reed   Bass
Calvin Rodgers   Snare Drums
Tami   Vocals
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Staples   Vocals
Hardeman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ramsey Lewis   Executive Producer
Danny Leake   Engineer
Frayne Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Randolph   Producer,drum programming
Charles Bibbs   Illustrations
Mark Ruffin   Liner Notes

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