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Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Eight years after Ramsey Lewis gave him his first big break, Maurice White returned the favor to Lewis by lending his talents to an album that put Lewis back in the public spotlight.

Dr. John, “Jungle Strut” from Ramsey Lewis’ Taking Another Look: Deluxe Edition (2015)

Dr. John, “Jungle Strut” from Ramsey Lewis’ Taking Another Look: Deluxe Edition (2015)

The eminent Dr. John plays Ramsey Lewis’ “Jungle Strut,” a deep groove that originally graced Lewis’ classic 1974 funk-jazz album ‘Sun Goddess.’

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, it seems, can make anything listenable, even transcendent.

Ramsey Lewis, jazz legend: Something Else! Interview

Ramsey Lewis, jazz legend: Something Else! Interview

Ramsey Lewis discusses his signature hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” and a breakthrough collaborative moment with Earth Wind and Fire.

Ramsey Lewis – Ramsey, Taking Another Look (2011)

I skipped right to this album’s new edit of “Sun Goddess,” a timelessly accessible 1970s R&B fusion number — already singing the familiar wordless chorus from the original by Ramsey Lewis with Earth Wind and Fire

Half Notes: Ryan Cohan – Another Look (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Pianist and composer Ryan Cohan follows up his highly acclaimed One Sky (2007) with another slate of mostly originals, Another Look. Though Cohan is an exceptional composer (Ramsey Lewis has recorded many of his tunes), Cohan sought to make his latest record more performance-oriented. He supplements his quartet (Geof Bradfield, woodwinds; Lorin Cohen, bass; Kobie Watkins,Read More

Ramsey Lewis – Songs From The Heart: Ramsey Plays Ramsey (2009)

by Pico Chicago’s own Ramsey Lewis is part of a surprisingly sturdy fraternity of major jazz pianists who first started making records more than half a century ago. Like Horace Silver, Cecil Taylor, Hank Jones, Ahmad Jamal and Paul Bley, Lewis’ resilient popularity comes from doing things he’s done for a long, long time. So, OK, maybe Lewis has crossedRead More

One Track Mind: Ramsey Lewis "Sun Goddess" (1974)

One Track Mind: Ramsey Lewis "Sun Goddess" (1974)

Like Ahmad Jamal, Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley, Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist who first emerged in the 1950s and is still with us today. Unlike those other cats, though, Lewis was never accused of challenging the existing conventions of jazz. With crossover hits like “The In Crowd” and “Hang On Sloopy,” both from 1965, Ramsey undoubtedly reached aRead More

One Track Mind: Ronnie Laws "Always There" (1975)

One Track Mind: Ronnie Laws "Always There" (1975)

No serious conversation about old school funk-jazz can leave out this gem. “Always There” is a essentially a two chord vamp, but damn, it’s a two-chord vamp that hits squarely in the center of funk’s sweet spot. The song’s co-creator Ronnie Laws spent the first half the seventies lending his soprano & tenor sax skills to the bands of QuincyRead More

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