Monday, March 1, 2010
The Ramsey LEWIS Trio - The In Crowd 1965
If Ramsey should pull a Grover Washington Jr. today, he would forever be known for this album and "Sun Goddess" with Earth Wind & Fire.This truly a classic. The grand piano he plays comes flowing out of my Bose speakers with so much soul and inspiration.Eldee Young's bass and cello solid to the core.Like the brother wrote the book with Ray Brown. Red Holt's drumming is right there every time you expect it to be.A must have for the collection. Jazz at it's best.
By Russell Fellezs.
This is the record that put the legendary Ramsey Lewis on the map. Lewis is known as an incredible stylist on piano, comfortably adapting almost any kind of music into his own jazz fusion vision. Film scores, pop, light classical hall fit comfortably into his music, and this album is an excellent example of his vision. But, it's not only Lewis alone. His absolutely fabulous rhythm section of Red Holt (drums) and Eldee Young on (basscello) frame all of Ramsey's performances with funk and grace and a superior forward momentum. Aside from the groovin' hit The in Crowd, the album contains fantastic readings of Duke Ellington's Come Sunday and the Love Theme From Spartacus. This album is one of the places where Afro and funk-jazz started, and aside from it's historical significance, it's a stone groove.
By Matthew Greenwald, All Music Guide.
Eldee Young- Bass, Cello
Red Holt- Drums
Ramsey Lewis- Piano
A1. The 'In' Crowd 5:47
A2. Since I Fell For You 4:04
A3. Tennessee Waltz 5:53
A4. You Been Talkin' 'Bout Me Baby 2:56
B1. Spartacus (Love Theme From) 6:10
B2. Felicidade (Happiness) 4:25
B3. Come Sunday 4:42