Ramsey Lewis Trio – Down to Earth {Verve} ”By Request”

Ramsey Lewis Trio – Down to Earth {Verve} ”By Request”

Soul Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Piano Trio

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AllMusic 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.

01. Dark Eyes (2:33)
02. Come Back to Sorrento (3:15)
03. Soul Mist (3:03)
04. John Henry (2:29)
05. Greensleeves (4:31)
06. We Blue It (5:00)
07. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (2:10)
08. Suzanne (3:21)
09. Billy Boy (2:42)
10. Decisions (2:27)
11. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (alternate take) (2:15)
12. Come Back to Sorrento (alternate take) (3:22)
13. John Henry (alternate take) (2:36)
14. We Blue It (alternate take) (5:34)

Ramsey Lewis – piano
Eldee Young – bass
Redd Holt – drums

Recorded November and December 1958, at Ter-Mar Recording Studios, Chicago
Original recordings produced by Jack Tracy
Cover photograph by Leroy Winbush
Liner notes by Jack Tracy

Supervised by Bryan Koniarz and Jerry Rappaport
Researched and restored by Ben Young
Mastered by Kevin Reeves at PolyGram Studios
Text edited by Deborah Hay
Production coordinated by Tom Greenwood and Terri Tierney
Production assistance by Carlos Kase
Series art directed and designed by Sung Lee/STAIN
Package layout by SMAY VISION
Design coordinated by Suzanne White
Executive Producer: Richard Seidel

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