Ramsey Lewis: Milestones Of A Legend (1958-1960) 10CD-New $46.99


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Ramsey Lewis

Pianist Ramsey Lewis is among the elite few jazz musicians to have landed pophits
with songs like “The In Crowd“, “Hang On Sloopy“, and “Wade In The Water“.
Born in Chicago in 1930, he learned to play the piano at the age of four and
began his professional career as a fifteen-year-old in the band “The Cleffs“. His
career is reminiscent of that of his five year older colleague, Ahmad Jamal, who
had begun to make a name for himself in Chicago since 1950 and led his own
trio early on, instead of playing piano in many different bands. That is why there
are so few recordings featuring them as sidemen.

His trio with Issac „Redd“ on drums and Eldee Young on bass, the former core
of “The Cleffs”, remained active until 1966. Following their debut „Ramsey Lewis
and his Gentle-men of Swing“, they mastered their success formula, which
consisted of a more grounded approach with strong blues and soul elements
as opposed to the more intellectual Ahmad Jamal. Occasionally the trio was
supported by strings and winds, to make the continuous production of the trio
more varied. But also the few Sideman recordings of Lewis show that he was
a great talent at the piano, no matter in which context. With the vibraphonist

Lem Winchester there was an interesting sound comparison to the modern
jazz quartet in the same cast. Also the very rare recording in the project of the
Ellington bassist Jimmy Woode is a real jewel. That the singer Lorez Alexandria
never made the big breakthrough remains an eternal puzzle, because their
production with Ramsey Lewis can be heard today with great joy. As a versed
hard-bop pianist, Lewis shines in the high-caliber band of drummer giant Max

Video: Ramsey Lewis I’ll Remember April 1957

1-1 Carmen
1-2 I’ll Remember April
1-3 The Wind
1-4 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
1-5 My Funny Valentine
1-6 Fantasia For Drums
1-7 Dee’s New Blues
1-8 Tres
1-9 Limelight
1-10 Delilah
1-11 I Get A Kick Out Of You
1-12 Please Send Me Someone To Love
1-13 Brother John
1-14 Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair
1-15 It Ain’t Necessarily So
1-16 Seven Valleys
1-17 On The Street Where You Live
2-1 Joy Spring
2-2 Where It Is
2-3 Sandu
2-4 Once In A While
2-5 Jordu
2-6 It Could Happen To You
2-7 Easy To Love
2-8 A Message From Boysie
3-1 Dark Eyes
3-2 Come Back To Sorrento
3-3 Soul Mist
3-4 John Henry
3-5 Greensleeves
3-6 We Built It
3-7 Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
3-8 Suzanne
3-9 Billy Boy
3-10 Decisions
3-11 Around The World In 80 Days
3-12 Since I Fell For You
3-13 Hello Cello!
3-14 I’ll Wait For Your Love
3-15 Volga Boatmen
3-16 Blues For The Night Owl
3-17 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
3-18 Autumn In New York
3-19 Gonna Set Your Soul On Fire
4-1 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
4-2 C.C. Rider
4-3 Love For Sale
4-4 I Had The Craziest Dream (I Know Why)
4-5 It Ain’t Necessarily So
4-6 I Love Paris
4-7 The Way You Look Tonight
4-8 Song Of India
4-9 Consider The Source
4-10 The Ruby And The Pearl
4-11 Walls Of Jericho
4-12 Angel Eyes
5-1 Old Devil Moon
5-2 What’s New?
5-3 Carmen
5-4 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
5-5 I’ll Remember April
5-6 Deliah
5-7 Folk Ballad
5-8 But Not For Me
5-9 C.C. Rider
6-1 The Ripper
6-2 I Got Plenty Of Nothing’
6-3 Water Boy
6-4 Thanks For The Memory
6-5 Celito Lindo
6-6 You Just Don’t Care
6-7 Never On Sunday
6-8 You’ve Changed
6-9 The Breeze And I
6-10 Exactly Like You
6-11 Your Cheatin’ Heart
6-12 St. Louis Blues
6-13 Blueberry Hill
6-14 Country Meets The Blues
6-15 Memphis June
6-16 High Noon
6-17 I Need You So
6-18 I Just Want To Make Love To You
6-19 Tangleweed ‘Round My Heart
6-20 My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
7-1 Sound Of Spring
7-2 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
7-3 Blue Spring
7-4 Spring Is Here
7-5 Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
7-6 Spring Fever
7-7 It Might As Well Be Spring
7-8 Soft Winds
7-9 There’ll Be Another Spring
7-10 Truly, Truly Spring
7-11 Merry Christmas Baby
7-12 Winter Wonderland
7-13 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
7-14 Christmas Blues
7-15 Here Comes Santa Claus
7-16 The Sound Of Christmas
7-17 The Christmas Song
7-18 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7-19 Sleigh Ride
7-20 What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
8-1 Samba de Orpehus
8-2 Maha de Carnaval (The Morning Of The Carnaval)
8-3 A Criancinhas (The Children)
8-4 A Noite Do Meu Bem (The Night Of My Love)
8-5 O Pato (The Duck)
8-6 Generique (Happiness)
8-7 Roda Moinho (Whirlpool)
8-8 Cara de Palhaco (The Face Of The Clown)
8-9 Canacao Para Geralda (A Song For Geraldine)
8-10 Early In The Morning
8-11 Don’t Explain
8-12 So Long
8-13 Good Morning, Heartache
8-14 Trouble Is A Man
8-15 I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues
8-16 Baby Don’t You Cry
8-17 Rocks In My Bed
8-18 I’m Just A Lucky So And So
8-19 I Almost Lost My Mind
9-1 Li’l Liza Jane
9-2 This Is My Night To Dream
9-3 Scarlet Ribbons
9-4 Here ‘Tis
9-5 My Ship
9-6 Put Your Little Foot Right Out
9-7 Solo Para Ti
9-8 These Foolish Things
9-9 When The Spirit Moves You
9-10 A Portrait Of Jennie
10-1 Falmouth Recollections
10-2 The Way You Look Tonight
10-3 The Man From Potter’s Crossing
10-4 Foofy For President
10-5 Dance Of The Reluctant Drag
10-6 Empathy, For Ruth
10-7 Crackle Hut
10-8 Audio Blues
10-9 C.M.
10-10 Four-X

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