Ramsey Lewis Trio - Down To Earth (1958/1999) [Verve]

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Ramsey Lewis Trio - Down To Earth (1958/1999) [Verve]

Ramsey Lewis Trio - Down To Earth
Jazz/Crossover Jazz | EAC (APE+CUE+LOG) | full 300dpi scans | 208 MB
Verve | 1958/1999 | 538 329-2
rar files | 3% recovery

Review by Scott Yanow
The Ramsey Lewis Trio were popular from the start, cutting four albums of material during 1958, only two years after Lewis began teaming up with bassist Eldee Young and drummer Red Holt. This recording (one of very few by the group in its early days that were not made for Argo or Cadet) has the trio emphasizing folk songs and traditional melodies such as "Dark Eyes," "Come Back to Sorrento," "John Henry," and "Billy Boy." Their concise interpretations (only two songs are longer than 3:15) feature swinging solos by Lewis and respect for the melodies. The music (if not essential) is quite accessible while still being jazz oriented. Worth picking up.

Cover notes
With a subtle, lightly swinging style, the "Gentle-Men of Jazz", as the Ramsey Lewis Trio called themselves, could not avoid comparison with the Modern Jazz Quartet. On this release these Gentle-Men shed this constricting image, dug into a harder, more aggressive groove, and focused their energies on creating swinging versions of folk songs and melodies. Four previously unissued bonus tracks have been added to the original-LP's selections.

Track List:
01 Dark Eyes (Traditional) 2:30
02 Come Back to Sorrento (Traditional) 3:09
03 Soul Mist (Lewis) 2:59
04 John Henry (Traditional) 2:26
05 Greensleeves (Traditional) 4:27
06 We Blue It (Holt, Lewis, Young) 4:58
07 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (Traditional) 2:05
08 Suzanne (Traditional) 3:18
09 Billy Boy (Traditional) 2:39
10 Decisions (Young) 2:04
11 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child [alternate take] (Traditional) 2:05
12 Come Back to Sorrento [alternate take] (Traditional) 2:35
13 John Henry [alternate take] (Traditional) 2:29
14 We Blue It [alternate take] (Holt, Lewis, Young) 5:34

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