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Ramsey Lewis, RIP   Leave a comment

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Mary Ann and I went to see the great Ramsey Lewis at Chicago’s London House in the early 70s. The Trio was the house band for a number of years. On his passing at 87, The Guardian wrote:

“The piano great tuned in to the hits of his day and played hard bop to a rock backbeat,
crossing into the mainstream and becoming one of the most sampled musicians of all time”

“I can, if necessary, play quite complicated jazz improvisations,” he once said. “But you’ve got to make sure you carry the audience with you. Most people don’t have an MA in music scholarship, they haven’t sat a jazz improvisation 101, they don’t want to hear you playing bebop inspired by Béla Bartók. You’ve got to follow the audience, and play off their energy.”

Amen! A class act when “class” meant a lot more.

— kenne

Here’s a link to a 2009 blog posting on Ramsey Lewis:

Posted September 14, 2022 by kenneturner in Chicago, Information, Jazz, Music

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Dave Brubeck — 90th Birthday   Leave a comment

We have now been in Tucson for five months and not surprisingly still have some unpacked boxes in the garage. Some of those packed boxes contain LP albums, one of which comes to mind with tomorrow being Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday. This milestone birthday was proceeded by another milestone last year, Brubeck’s seminal album Time Out, which is in one of those packed boxes. It was the likes of Brubeck, Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, and Ramsey Lewis that helped nurturer my love for jazz. The jazz world is privileged to still have this great man with us. Too bad Paul Desmond is not still with us. Not surprisingly, with such a milestone event, Brubeck is getting much coverage in the media. Here are two you may want to check out. NPR replays a 1999 Brubeck interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. And tomorrow, Turner Classic Movies will première In His Own Sweet Way, a documentary chronicling Brubeck’s life and music produced by Clint Eastwood as part of a daytime festival.



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