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Ramsey Lewis: Taking Another Look [Deluxe Edition]

Track List

>Love Song
>Living For the City
>Betcha By Golly Wow
>To Know Her Is to Love Her
>Way She Smiles, The
>Jungle Strut
>Sharing Her Journey
>Sun Goddess
>Jungle Strut
>Sharing Her Journey

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (pp.56-57) - "The soulful, vaguely New Orleans-tinged 'The Way She Smiles' is the standout among the new compositions."

Album Notes

Personnel: Ramsey Lewis (Fender Rhodes piano); Henry Johnson (guitar); Mike Logan (keyboards); Joshua Ramos (acoustic bass, electric bass); Charles Health (drums).

Audio Mixer: Danny Leake.

Recording information: Chicago recording Company (06/1974); Esplanade Studios, New Orleans, LA (06/1974); Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (06/1974); P.S. Recording Studios, Chicago, IL (06/1974).

Pianist and contemporary jazz icon Ramsey Lewis revisits his classic 1974 electric jazz-funk album Sun Goddess for 2011's Ramsey, Taking Another Look. Featuring a newly minted lineup of his '70s electric band, Taking Another Look features keyboardist Mike Logan, guitarist Henry Johnson, bassist Joshua Ramos, and drummer Charles Heath, all of whom reveal a knack for the funky, soulful jazz Lewis is reinvestigating here. Included are reworkings such classic '70s tracks as "Tambura," "Love Song," and "Jungle Strut." These are dance-oriented jazz-funk cuts with an organic, groove-oriented vibe that stick closely to the original '70s conception. In fact, the original version of Lewis' hit "Sun Goddess" is included and rounds out the album nicely. Which isn't to say that this is solely a retro-leaning venture. On the contrary, as with the rest of the album, tracks such as the dramatic, midtempo funk number "To Know Her" and the lush ballad "Sharing Her Journey" are expertly produced contemporary jazz numbers. ~ Matt Collar


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