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Ramsey Lewis Trio Time Flies

1 rating: 3.0
2004 audio CD release

   The fourth album on Narada Jazz from Ramsey Lewis, Time Flies is in effect a contemporary redo of his career. The themes that have been important in his music over the decades are each given some room (thus, there are classical, gospel, … see full wiki

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A nice change of pace.

  • Dec 23, 2008
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In the interest of full disclosure let me begin by stating that I have absolutely no qualifications to review a jazz album.  I do not seem to have an ear for jazz.  I don't understand it and for the most part I don't enjoy it.  I hate improvisation.  Having said all that I found that I really did enjoy the music of Ramsey Lewis during his heydey in the 1960's.  I bought many of his great Chess singles and still play his Greatest Hits collection from time to time.  So when I came across  his 2004 CD "Time Flies" a few years ago I thought it might be fun to give it a listen.
 
There are 11 tracks on "Time Flies" offering a wide variety of musical styles.  Two classical pieces are included here as well as several of Ramsey's own compositions.  While I enjoyed the classical pieces they were not my favorite tracks by a long shot.  It is not surprising that the two Lewis compositions I enjoyed most were "Open My Heart" and "Hosanna".  These tracks have a definite R&B/gospel influence and were backed by stunning vocals from the Chicago Gospel Voices.  An A+ on both of these tracks!   What really prompted me to purchase this disc however, was the chance to hear brand new arrangements of two of the Ramsey Lewis Trio's biggest hits.  While I enjoyed "Wade In The Water" I think I prefer the original version.  However, I did find the new version of "The In Crowd" to be superb.  Obviously it is different but it is every bit as good as the original.  Overall I would say that "Time Flies" was not quite what I expected.  It is quite a bit more mellow than I thought it would be.  I anticipated more uptempo stuff.  Nevertheless,  I really enjoyed hearing the music of Ramsey Lewis once again more than forty years after he came onto the scene.   Recommended!
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July 13, 2009
Nice review on Mr. Lewis. It's now on my list of things to buy, (along with all the rest of the books and CDs). I swear, I keep all of these stores out of the red. I'll let you know what I think, and by the way I'm still reading Ted Sorenson, but just about finished...I'll keep you posted on that one. His writing is excellent by the way!
 
April 16, 2009
I used to be a big fan of Ramsey Lewis, but haven't listened to his music in years. Like you, I've never been a big jazz fan, athough lately that's changed a tad, since I have a friend who often drags me to jazz concerts with her. I do love his rendition of "The In Crowd" and intend to look it up on Youtube. It was nice to be reminded of his accomplishments!
 
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Performer: Ramsey Lewis Trio
Release Date: June 29, 2004
Label: Narada
Artist: Ramsey Lewis Trio

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