JAZZ & BLUES
Saturday 22 August 1998
Pianist Ramsey Lewis, also still around today, is most famous for records such as "The `In' Crowd" made for Chess four decades ago. The mesh of pop and gospel with jazz made a lasting impression on James Williams. His Ramsey Lewis Trio in Person 1960-1967 concentrates on the pop, but offers plenty of insight as to what all the fuss was about.
Another to have enjoyed a degree of success at Chess is James Moody, the former Dizzy Gillespie alumnus best known for the tune "Mood for Love". A hard-bopping saxophonist, he is represented by At the Jazz Workshop, a 1961 session, and by Moody's Mood For Love, on which he is joined by Golson on piano.
Doug Sahm is to Texas music what Dr John is to New Orleans: a living jukebox. His new record, Get A Life (Munich Records), is full of great Texas shuffles, Louisiana hoe-downs and off-the-wall lyrics. Demon Records' Edsel reissue imprint has recently released 1970s albums by Sahm and his longstanding collaborator Augie Meyers: Tex-Mex, and a lot else besides, at its best.
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