Upendo Ni Pamoja

Upendo Ni Pamoja

by Ramsey Lewis


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This marked Ramsey Lewis' third album for Columbia and the first to feature the Ramsey Lewis Trio. The most famous members had gone on to other successes. Red Holt and Eldee Young were signed to Atlantic as Young-Holt Unlimited, and of course later member Maurice White founded Earth, Wind and Fire. Upendo Ni Pamoja has the rhythm section of bassist Cleveland Eaton and drummer Morris Jennings. Unlike many early-'70s sets, Upendo Ni Pamoja is a pretty straight-ahead date without Lewis indulging in tracks with funky overtones. Covers predominate here. The trio does a fairly true though subdued take on War's "Slippin' into Darkness" with Lewis on Fender Rhodes. Lewis' gentle playing is found throughout "People Make the World Go Round," although this version of the trio did an even better live take on the Save the Children soundtrack. The best cover, Michael Jackson's "Got to Be There," has Lewis playing a Steinway Concert Grand with an arrangement that spotlights the trio sound. The smooth title is one of Lewis' finest songs of the period. The problem with this is that few tracks stay with the listener. This is a cut or two away from being truly essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431669129
catalogNumber: 6691
Rank: 57064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ramsey Lewis   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Cleveland Eaton   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Morris Jennings   Percussion,Drums
Ramsey Lewis Trio   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lee Oskar   Composer
Lonnie Jordan   Composer
Ramsey Lewis   Producer
Harold Brown   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
Morris Jennings   Executive Producer
Russ Payne   Engineer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Howard Scott   Composer
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Charles Miller   Composer
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Thomas Sylvester Allen   Composer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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