10 Aug Ramsey Lewis ‎- 1974 – Sun Goddess

Ramsey Lewis ‎- 1974 – Sun Goddess

Pianist Ramsey Lewis first came to fame as the purveyor of swinging soul-jazz in the mid-’60s, but like a lot of musicians he underwent some major changes by the end of that decade. Sun Goddess (1974), Lewis’ biggest success of the decade, is miles away from the finger-snapping supper club sounds of “The In Crowd.”

By this time, Lewis had transformed himself into a jazz fusion funkateer, riffing on electric piano and synthesizer amid arrangements that meld jazz with funk, R&B, and yes, even touches of progressive rock. Sun Goddess is also something of a stealth Earth, Wind & Fire album, as it features most of the key players from that band, and bears echoes of EW&F’s jazzier, more atmospheric side.

Tracks
A1 Sun Goddess 8:29
A2 Living for the City 5:20
A3 Love Song 5:53
B1 Jungle Strut 4:40
B2 Hot Dawgit 3:00
B3 Tambura 2:53
B4 Gemini Rising 5:50

By Shining Star

This album was released during one of the most productive periods of Ramsey’s career. The early to mid 1970’s were truly a time of exploration in music and Ramsey was no different. He was a major player in the Jazz-Funk period that saw albums released by Jazz artists like he and Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis amongst others that would take Jazz to a whole other place creatively and reject the idea of being forced into only a traditional point of view.

SUN GODDESS is one of my favorite albums for this reason, Ramsey was experimenting with some wonderful grooves on this and the previous release FUNKY SERENITY. To do this, he once again teamed up with his good friends from his Chess Records days, Maurice White and Charles Stepney, and together they put together a truly wonderful album. The title track is 8 min and 30 sec of pure, unbridled Jazz-Funk heaven. It was composed by Maurice and Jon Lind and is very much in the vein of the outstanding compositions Earth, Wind and Fire were recording at the time and is the perfect way to begin this album.

Next is a instrumental cover of the epic “Living For The City” by Stevie Wonder, it is a beautiful rendition that gives Ramsey the perfect canvas for his improvisational skills. “Love Song“, which is one of personal favorites on the album, is the next track and has some great rhythm changes within it and gorgeous orchestrations. Then you have the very Afro-Centric themed “Jungle Strut” which, although not written or produced by Maurice, has his Afro-Centric stylings all over it including someone speaking Swahili in the background.

Next is another song by Maurice and Charles Stepney titled “Hot Dawgit” and just as on “Sun Goddess” it has backing, Philip the congas and Johnny Graham the guitar. This is a purely funk oriented song and has the same feel as the jam “Tee Nine Chi Bit” which The Elements would release on their smash album OPEN OUR EYES the same year. Next you have 2 songs in “Tambura” and “Gemini Rising” which are the most strictly Jazz oriented songs on the album and the latter having a wonderful “Jazz Swing” feel to it and the former more of a “smooth jazz” feel.

Overall this is a 5 star album for sure and a preview of things to come, it would be his biggest selling album of the decade and one that truly shows that Ramsey was indeed a man of many musical hats who could play and write not only great Jazz songs but great songs from any genre period.

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16 Comments
  • Lans
    Posted at 18:42h, 11 August 2018 Reply

    Big times what a lovely time to be in!!!

  • The Soulman
    Posted at 18:44h, 11 August 2018 Reply

    Awesome!!! Great Music!!📻🎧🎵

  • BassIsThePlace
    Posted at 04:17h, 12 August 2018 Reply

    Great stuff.
    Suggestion for FMS —
    Include info/review file (PDF, Word doc, txt file, whatever) with the downloads.
    Lots of great information and review points that could be stored alongside the music.

  • ewew34
    Posted at 11:08h, 12 August 2018 Reply

    I was 9 when this came out. Had a am radio and only had am..Love it

  • Toledo
    Posted at 11:10h, 12 August 2018 Reply

    I also grew up with this album takes me back when fun was really fun…………..

  • Carlos
    Posted at 23:30h, 12 August 2018 Reply

    Muito bom esse álbum. …

  • Thomas
    Posted at 00:00h, 13 August 2018 Reply

    That’s when music was uplifting and edifying!!!

  • Michael
    Posted at 18:41h, 13 August 2018 Reply

    my god what a great album

  • Kenny and Annie
    Posted at 19:03h, 13 August 2018 Reply

    Amazing cover on this LP. Awesome delights within.

  • Armano
    Posted at 19:15h, 13 August 2018 Reply

    Ramsey is a legend and one of my fav.

  • Cyril
    Posted at 11:03h, 14 August 2018 Reply

    Mr. Lewis and EW&F were the best of the 70’s!
    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Havana
    Posted at 11:09h, 14 August 2018 Reply

    Maravilhoso !! Obrigado!!

  • Gamer
    Posted at 19:33h, 15 August 2018 Reply

    NICE….!❤💕

  • Juan
    Posted at 22:13h, 15 August 2018 Reply

    Damn this is so smooth

  • Grover
    Posted at 22:23h, 15 August 2018 Reply

    I have always love this album..

  • TrillScottHeron
    Posted at 02:05h, 16 August 2018 Reply

    I’ve never heard this whole album; only the title track. But damn this is fire, thanks for sharing.

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