Songs from the Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey
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- Released: September 29, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - p.56"The funky 'The Spark' sinks in so immediately it seems you've known it for years; ditto the lithe bossa-nova 'Rendezvous.'"
Uncut (magazine) - p.863 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ven at his most baroque, Lewis's playing has that delicious gospel pulse that utterly wins you over."
- 1.To Know Her Is To Love Her
- 2.Touching, Feeling, Knowing
- 3.Clouds In Reverie
- 4.The Spark
- 6.The Way She Smiles
- 8.The Glow Of Her Charm
- 10.Long Before She Knew
- 11.Sharing Her Journey
Personnel: Ramsey Lewis (piano).
Audio Mixer: Seth Presant.
Liner Note Author: Ramsey Lewis.
Ramsey Lewis is not only thriving in his golden years, but continues to refine his approach within the tried-and-true piano-bass-drums trio format. Alongside his longtime bandmates featuring the very talented bassist Larry Gray and drummer Leon Joyce, Lewis has chosen to present an all-original program inspired by his collaborative concert stage work with the Joffrey Ballet Company, or the Turtle Island String Quartet. With elegance, panache, and a little bit of soul, Lewis and his group breeze through these selections, and while the pianist has his own approach to shadings and lyricism, there's no doubt he is also reflecting the muse and sage wisdom of another great jazz player who made his mark in Chicago, Ahmad Jamal. Lewis crafts lovely themes shaded in little or no drama via the light bossa nova dance traipse of "Touching, Feeling, Knowing," the easygoing contemporary funk of "The Spark," or the tango, soul-jazz inflected "The Way She Smiles." Not all laid-back, the trio is led by the irrepressible Gray, who pushes through "Exhilaration" all the way through, runs through an ostinato bassline on the driving, Brazilian, Jamal-styled beats of "Rendezvous," and uses a bouncy, hip, 6/8 mode for the classy, bouncy "To Know Her Is to Love Her," accented by the chiming piano of Lewis. While the backbone of these recordings is the sophistication of the piano player in the ensemble tracks, there are four solo pieces that further illuminate this grand dame concerto concept. "Clouds in Reverie" perfectly reflects its title, "Conversation" is an elegiac, epic, musical love tale in the class of "Exodus" or "Spartacus," "The Glow of Her Charm" reflects delicacy but merges into some forceful moments, while "Watercolors" uses up-and-down dynamics, not normally the strong suit of the pianist. Of the many watered-down commercial efforts and overproduced music Ramsey Lewis has offered on big commercial labels, this one could easily be his most accessible to a legitimate jazz audience. It certainly is his very best recording in the last two decades of his star-studded career, and can certainly be recommended to all lovers, dreamers, and mainstream jazz listeners in general. ~ Michael G. Nastos
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