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Ramsey Lewis

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Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. (born May 27, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American jazz and pop pianist and keyboardist.

He formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio in 1956 with Eldee Young and Isaac Holt. They started as primarily a jazz unit but after their hit, “The In Crowd”, in 1965 (the single reached fifth place on the pop charts, and the album second place) the trio concentrated more and more on pop material. Young and Holt left in 1966 to form the Young-Holt Trio and were replaced by Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White. White was replaced by Maurice Jennings in 1970. In the late 1970s an additional keyboard player was frequently added to the lineup. A contemporary version of “The In Crowd” was recorded for Lewis’ 2004 album, Time Flies.

Ramsey Lewis has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career.

His recent “With One Voice” release pays homage to his gospel roots all while maintaining his classic style. With the help of gospel favorites Smokie Norful, Darius Brooks, and Donald Lawrence, Lewis delivers an emotion-packed, soul-stirring, album. Lewis also enlisted the help of his church’s choir, pastored by his older sister, to sing on several of the album’s tracks. The J.W. James Memorial A.M.E. Church Combined Choir is breath-taking, adding so much life, freedom, and hope to “With One Voice”. The CD’s first single, “Pass Me Not” can be heard on Chicago’s WGCI 107.5.

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  • dardar227

    Finally found "I Love To Please You" on iTunes! That alone made my day. Been enjoying Ramsey's music ever since he and Earth, Wind & Fire blew me away with that "Sun Goddess" masterpiece.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • afronebula

    we met once in Boston. Pure Artist

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Kalemeh

    my favourite jazz musician

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Blue_Key

    CHICAGO'S FINEST!

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SiriusXMEric

    Hear a new installment of SiriusXM’s acclaimed Artist Confidential series featuring jazz legend Ramsey Lewis in celebration of his 50-year career and new album, “Taking Another Look.” Exclusively on Real Jazz, SiriusXM channel 67, this Friday, 10/21 at 4pm ET. For more info and rebroadcast times, visit www.siriusxm.com/realjazz.

    19 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar

    Cant wait to seeing him at the end of the month in London!!!!!!!

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • rm508

    The Mother Nature's Son album is the guiltiest, most hyperproduced, pianothumping, glorious pleasure.

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • marina765

    Wade in the water is real toe-tapping stuff.

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • kaly_

    Happy Birthday !!!

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • berban

    Tagged as "classical" "contemporary jazz" "cool jazz" "free jazz" "latin lounge" "saxophone" "trumpet"... who are these people tagging this? hahahaha

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • pudmanx

    amazing music, a true musical legend

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
  • rocio_mercury

    I love 'Do What you wanna' Genius Ramsey!

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ditch5

    beautifuly played

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • maggum

    Listen to The Piano Player (1969) . It´s Amazing!

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • wahit

    What a lame picture. Vote for something different :|

    22 May 2009 Reply
  • MrStyle

    With One Voice is an Amazing album!

    29 Feb 2008 Reply
  • moltkestr19

    simply beautiful

    25 Jan 2008 Reply
  • TheOutabodies

    Maiden Voyage baby . . . . www.myspace.com/outabodies

    5 Dec 2007 Reply
  • shyamz

    Oh my wooorrrrrrrrrddd! Wade In The Water is the coolest thing ever created by man or nature since the begining of time. So cool it changes the way you walk...put it on your MP3 player and pop out for a stroll...you'll see what I mean. But a great artist overall too. : )

    11 Aug 2007 Reply
  • AdriaNnLA

    have you heard Dear Prudence? -- perfection!

    7 Dec 2006 Reply
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