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Ramsey Lewis - Wade in the Water (1966)

HD Tracks & Vinyl, Jazz | Author: artmuss | 10-05-2015, 10:55
Ramsey Lewis - Wade in the Water (1966)
Artist: Ramsey Lewis
Title Of Album: Wade in the Water
Year Of Release: 1966
Label (Catalog#): Cadet Records [LPS-774]
Country: United States
Genre: Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Quality: FLAC (tracks,vinyl,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 44.1kHz/24bit]
Time: 34:37 min
Full Size: 211 mb / 395 mb

With Cleveland Eaton II (bass) and Maurice White (drums) replacing Eldee Young and Red Holt in the trio, Ramsey Lewis alters course just a bit from his handclapping soul-jazz idiom that was so popular at the time. The two new sidemen are relegated more to the background, and some punchy big band charts by Chicago's Richard Evans share the spotlight with Lewis' gospel-blues-drenched piano. Nevertheless, the old swinging fervor is left intact this time, as Lewis and company purvey a set of ten pop hits, with a few others worked in. They even got a large-scale hit (number 19 on the pop charts) out of the old gospel tune "Wade in the Water" (the photo of the tall, pretty model doing so on the cover might have struck some as being sacrilegious). The best cut of the bunch is the hard-swinging, down-home treatment of the Stevie Wonder hit "Up Tight," that got almost as much airplay as the title track. Like The In Crowd, this record evokes its era indelibly.


01. Wade in the Water
02. Ain't That Peculiar
03. Tobacco Road
04. Money in the Pocket
05. Message to Michael
06. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
07. Hold It Right There
08. Day Tripper
09. Mi Compasion
10. Hurt So Bad

John Avant - Trombone
Cleveland Eaton - Bass
Richard Evans - Director
Ramsey Lewis - Keyboards
Maurice White - Drums
Bob Kidder - Recording engineer

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