Friday, June 22, 2012

Song #23

Title: The In Crowd (live)
Artist: The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Album: The In Crowd (live) (1965)
Writer: Billy Page

The only jazz tune to reach my Top 24. Proves that jazz does not have to be complex. Ramsey Lewis takes this R&B tune and makes it all about the groove. My Dad introduced me to this amazing jazz record many years ago, and it remains one of the most engaging live recordings I've ever come across. Normally too much audience noise on live recordings detracts, but here it is just the opposite. The hand claps and hollering builds right with the energy of the band, feeding off eachother for an intoxicating jazz club recording. Crank it up and it puts you right in that D.C. club.

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