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223: “Do What You Wanna” by Ramsey Lewis (Mr. Scruff’s Soul Party Remix)

Guy still looks good. Got no smart ass comments.Getcha some of this: Ramsey Lewis all re-worked by versatile mix-master, Mr. Scruff. If you’re alone, listen to this song right now. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re in the middle of the dance floor, and get into it. Stop reading this. Remember you have to make time to get down.

“Do What You Wanna” comes off a 2005 release, one in a series from the Verve record label, Verve/Remixed, wherein mixologists re-work Verve’s varied, decades-long catalog to mixed success.

Another standout track to put in your ear holes is the UFO remix of Sarah Vaughan’s classic rendition of “Summertime.”

(New Wilco came out today.) Enjoy.

Song: Do What You Wanna (Mr. Scruff Soul Party Remix)
Artist: Ramsey Lewis
Album: Verve/Remixed
Label: Verve
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

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101: “Slippin’ Into Darkness” by The Ramsey Lewis Trio

Glasses + Turtleneck = Kick Your Ass With StyleHere’s one of the best covers out there of WAR’s classic “Slippin’ Into Darkness” by jazz piano/keyboard great Ramsey Lewis and his trio.

This hard-working brother, born in 1935, has recorded over 80 albums throughout his career.  At that pace, he’s probably recorded two more since breakfast yesterday.

Ramsey’s first album dropped in 1956, and last year he put out a new one, Ramsey does Ramsey.  This tune is from Upendo Ni Pamona (1972). If you don’t know it, I’m glad I could share.

Enjoy.

Song: Slippin’ Into Darkness
Artist: The Ramsey Lewis Trio
Album: Upendo Ni Pamona
Label: Collectables
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)