I love Ramsey Lewis‘ The In Crowd (composer: Billy Page). It’s from that era when instrumentals were used to lead into the news on radio. I love the simplicity of the improv and and that airy, open feel of the groove. The whole tune kind of moves like it’s propelled from solar energy.
Let’s go back to 1965, and join The Ramsey Lewis Trio’s In Crowd…
Personnel as determined: Ramsey Lewis Piano; Eldee Young bass; Isaac “Redd” Holt drums.
Now, let’s do it again in 2004:
Personnel as determined: Ramsey Lewis Piano.
We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!
*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.