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Urban Knights III

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/29/2000
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724384849825
  • Catalog Number: 48498
  • Sales rank: 103,987

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
The Staples Vocals
Hardeman Vocals
Technical Credits
Ramsey Lewis Executive Producer
Danny Leake Engineer, Mastering
Frayne Lewis Arranger, Producer
Kevin Randolph Producer, drum programming
Charles Bibbs Illustrations
Mark Ruffin Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent !!!!!

    It is an excellent Cd that gives a unigue blend of jazz and baseline R&B. I suggested this Cd to several of my friends who are into a smooth contemparay jazz sound.

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