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Track Listing
CD 1
1. CARMEN
2. THE WIND
3. BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON
4. I'LL REMEMBER APRIL
5. MY FUNNY VALENTINE
6. DEE'S NEW BLUES
7. TRES
8. LIMELIGHT
9. I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU
10. PLEASE SEND SOMEONE TO LOVE
11. BROTHER JOHN
12. BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR
13. IT AIN'T NECESSARILY SO
14. ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE
15. DELILAH
16. BLACK EYE PEAS
17. IRACY BLUES
18. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD
19. COME BACK TO SORRENTO
20. DARK EYES (OTCHITCHORNYIA)

CD 2
1. SOUL MIST
2. GREENSLEEVES
3. JOHN HENRY
4. SUZANNE
5. BILLY BOY
6. WE BLUE IT
7. C. C. RIDER [SEE SEE RIDER]
8. SOFTLY, AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE
9. I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM/I KNOW WHY
10. IT AIN'T NECESSARILY SO
11. THE RUBY AND THE PEARL
12. LOVE FOR SALE
13. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
14. SONG OF INDIA
15. I LOVE PARIS
16. CONSIDER THE SOURCE
17. THE WALLS OF JERICHO
Artist:
The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Title:
The Early Years 1956-59 (2CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ADDCD3294
Format:
CD
Price £9.99
Ramsey Lewis is a jazz pianist, composer and bandleader who was highly influential in popularising jazz through his crossover chart successes during the 1960s. This 37-track compilation focuses very much on his first recordings, when he was still in his early 20s, mas leader of his highly-regarded trio which stayed together for the first decade of his recording career. The trio, completed by Eldee Young on bass and Redd Holt on drums, enjoyed success with the LPs Gentlemen of Swing, Gentlemen of Jazz, Down To Earth and An Hour With The Ramsey Lewis Trio. The repertoire represents a cross-section of interpretations of standards and original compositions.
Reviews For The Early Years 1956-59 (2CD)
In Tune (330) - Gerry Stonestreet
The Ramsey Lewis Trio, consisting of Lewis on piano, Eldee Young, bass and Redd Holt on drums stayed together as a unit for nearly a decade and finally achieved commercial success in the pop charts in the mid Sixties, notably with their version of The In Crowd, for which they were of course roundly condemned by jazz purists for selling out. Listening to this collection, it is something of a surprise that they had to wait that long because this is listener friendly music from the off. This is polite chamber jazz music which is mostly readily accessible , lightly swinging at times and always tasteful. Both the bass player and drummer provide a suitably rhythmic platform for the leader, who only recently retired at the ripe old age of 83.
Jazzwise Issue 243 – Alyn Shipton
“Covering five-and-a-half years before the trio's big hit with In Crowd, this charts Ramsey's initial development well and brings together four early LPs neatly.”