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The Ramsey Lewis Trio — Wade in the Water
Album: Time Flies
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Released: 1966
Length: 3:44
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I loves me some tickled ivories!!!
Berichte von heute.
 lizardking wrote:

Maybe further down the comments there's talk about how this sounds like "Smoke on the Water" - which makes more sense to me than "Grapevine" - I'm not a big fan of this song so maybe I just now heard it for the first time....anyone else here that?  about 1/2 into the tune....

Long Live RP!!

yes, a classic old spiritual, many renditions, I love them all.  Check out Eva Cassidy's - sadly she is no longer with us, but a very talented artist, worthy of RP !
 

 MeanUncleJake wrote:
Love this tune.  I am not old enough to remember it back in the day  Sure enjoy it now. The piano playing is free-wheeling and fantastic.  Thanks RP
 
I'm not old enough either (born ca. '70), but I'm sure our high school jazz band must have played it! Our band director put himself through college play piano bars.

Oh, and since he wouldn't this tuba player double up on the bass part, I was the band's groupie! I humped amps and pianos all over the state, even getting out of school for contests!!! 
 
              
..perfect beat!
Love this tune.  I am not old enough to remember it back in the day  Sure enjoy it now. The piano playing is free-wheeling and fantastic.  Thanks RP
 dragon1952 wrote:

Just for the record (no pun intended) this is a very old spiritual song that predates Grapevine by 60+ years. No surprise the melody found it's way into early 60's Motown music.

 
Maybe further down the comments there's talk about how this sounds like "Smoke on the Water" - which makes more sense to me than "Grapevine" - I'm not a big fan of this song so maybe I just now heard it for the first time....anyone else here that?  about 1/2 into the tune....

Long Live RP!!

Image result for fly fishing in waders
 gmichaelt wrote:

Cats are obligate carnivores. You shouldn't be giving them mushrooms.

 
{#Lol}
 wetdog wrote:

Following the link on the homepage to DL this from Amazon.

I think it made my cat dance.., could just be the mushrooms though.

 
Cats are obligate carnivores. You shouldn't be giving them mushrooms.
A1 sounds of JOY  : )     timeless

Following the link on the homepage to DL this from Amazon.

I think it made my cat dance.., could just be the mushrooms though.


Well, this is very cool. Now Bill, how about some Horst Jankowski?
 shanydawg wrote:
this agnosic say who the FLIP cares if what ever and WHAT eva!

 
Well this Christian embraces what the agnostics and atheists apparently think about this song, based on the comments - it's awesome!
YEAH BABY!!!
 richlister wrote:


 

That sums it up for me, too.


 wossName wrote:
Why am I thinking of "I heard it through the grapevine"?

 
Just for the record (no pun intended) this is a very old spiritual song that predates Grapevine by 60+ years. No surprise the melody found it's way into early 60's Motown music.
Nice to hear this again after so many decades.
 
yup, I can hear it a bit too:


wossName wrote:
Why am I thinking of "I heard it through the grapevine"?

 


Music that makes housework fun. {#Bananajam}
music that burns calories!  woo-hoo
 Aud wrote:
Only version of this song that I like-don't care for the ones with vocals

 
Was just about to post the same thing.
 jazz in 4/4, what a concept
 
 {#Cool}JIan wrote:

Nicely said, fred!  {#Yes}

 

Only version of this song that I like-don't care for the ones with vocals
It's about time I made this a NINE imho.
 
 wossName wrote:
Why am I thinking of "I heard it through the grapevine"?

 
Because both songs have only two chords in the the expository section, I-IV. I hear it, too. It's the extended repetition I think that elicits the comparison.
Chair dancing!
i'm old enough to remember when the Ramsey Lewis Trio were first killing it in the 60's.  It was a weird time, where the old school rock and rollers were being forced out by the British Invasion and the advent of psychedelic music.  Through it all, folks like Lewis and Booker T were cutting across all the lines, generating toe taps and outright butt boogies in chairs throughout the world.  It was a good time to be discovering music.  Sadly, greats like Miles Davis and other jazz musicians lost out.  only a small clique followed them in the major record buying crowd.  The resurgence of popularity in jazz shows that even 50+ years later good music is still good music.
 wossName wrote:
Why am I thinking of "I heard it through the grapevine"?
 
I have no idea.
Why am I thinking of "I heard it through the grapevine"?
Best version of this song! Leave out the vocals and just groove!{#Bananapiano}
 fredriley wrote:
"Time flies" is regularly used in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to illustrate the often maddening ambiguity and multiple meanings inherent in English. I can think of at least four different meanings - time is short, measure the speed of flies, flies involved in time travel, Time flies, and many more can be constructed (see Wikipedia).

I'll get my coat...


 

Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.
 fredriley wrote:

Those who believe they have imaginary friends can be inspired by their delusions to make fine music. Fine by this atheist.

 
Nicely said, fred!  {#Yes}
 msymmes wrote:
Groovin on a Saturday morning !

 
And on a Friday evening !





Swing it baby............... oh yeah..........
Groovin on a Saturday morning !
On a Monday morning holiday, this really sounds good!
 Hannio wrote:
Heard this performed too many times at high school jazz band competitions.  I have developed an involuntary wince every time I hear it.
 
Why did you attend so many "high school jazz band competitions"?
Sounds a lot like Ramsey's "The In Crowd"....
Groovay
 fredriley wrote:

Those who believe they have imaginary friends can be inspired by their delusions to make fine music. Fine by this atheist.
 
Personally, I prefer this one, though it's not quite as on-topic for a music station.

"I am one of the "good" atheists, which is to say I allow people their nonsense to the extent that they allow me mine." Jerry Holkins 

Agree 100%

 

Gregorama wrote:
Great R&B groove going this afternoon.
 


Great R&B groove going this afternoon.
 Hannio wrote:
Heard this performed too many times at high school jazz band competitions.  I have developed an involuntary wince every time I hear it.
 

Fell free to wince away I sure have no objections... but please tone it down when you do the ''Wince''
Just bumped this to an 8 in my books.
 


this agnosic say who the FLIP cares if what ever and WHAT eva!
 dsd wrote:
Bill just slid in another "religious" piece. This time, I don't see the usual vitriolic comments about it from those who are less than tolerant on the matter. The instrumental must have fooled them. Praise the Lord for that ;)
 
Those who believe they have imaginary friends can be inspired by their delusions to make fine music. Fine by this atheist.
Praise the Lord indeed.  And his wife, Rebecca!
Grew up on this kind of stuff. Glad to hear it.
Very Schmood   {#Bounce}
Groovy
Very cool...  sounds like a Dirty Harry Movie.
Bill just slid in another "religious" piece. This time, I don't see the usual vitriolic comments about it from those who are less than tolerant on the matter. The instrumental must have fooled them. Praise the Lord for that ;)
This song makes me happy! {#Wave}
 buddy wrote:
Eddie Harris a couple of hours ago and now Ramsey Lewis...you're rockin' today, Bill!

...I can just hear Dave Brubeck and Take 5 coming...
  Well, I can only wish.... This came on right after a huge conflagration between me and my brother. Neither of us won. I needed something that would reinstate my positive groove, and this did it. I wish Dave Brubeck's "Take 5" was next, but alas, a new set, a new groove.


First my feet and then whole damn body starts movin to the beat - totally involuntary...thanks Bill woke my dead butt up! {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}
Although I am not moving this up from an 8 to a 9.... I am relabeling it "pretty awesome".

Never...do I tire of RLT's take on this song
Heard this performed too many times at high school jazz band competitions.  I have developed an involuntary wince every time I hear it.
{#Chillpill}{#Cowboy}{#Motor}{#Cool} 7 - 8...gettin' higher. this is ultra cool.
As popular as this is with us listeners, I'm surprised that this is the only Ramsey Lewis in the RP library.


 katiediddler wrote:
A great song from an underappreciated artist. Check out his version of "Slippin Into Darkness". It will make you a believer.
 
Thank goodness, I'm already a believer. Ramsey Lewis Trio is just beyond great. I'm doing that silly "desk-dance" that people do when they're at a computer - moving my shoulders, shifting in my seat as much as I can, feet tapping... I know I look like the world's biggest dork, but with this music, I don't even give a whooping funt. {#Dancingbanana_2}
A great song from an underappreciated artist. Check out his version of "Slippin Into Darkness". It will make you a believer.
God, this is SWEET!!!!! MMMMMMYeah!!!!!!!!!
Perfectly timed: I just came back from camping and water-hiking; I'll put this on my iPod for the next river hike!
Ohhhh - puttin' on my dancin' shoes now.  Lovelovelove this song!  Ramsey Lewis is rather magical....{#Dancingbanana}
{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananasplit}

Never heard this before but the bananas just had to move when they heard it.  Couldn't stop 'em.
 
 Moonflower31 wrote:
I keep on hearing ...smoke on the water.....
  Right you are !
  A very good rip.
  Ramsey should have some royalty !
            {#Lol}

Harvey "The Snake" Mandel next?  Guess not, I've got it backwards - HE covered THIS, not the other way round.....

Excellent!

{#Dancingbanana}
Fun. And only on RP. This makes me want to donate. Note because I'm a huge fan of the song. But because Bill has cajones to vary his playlist to such a fun, vocal, unruly crowd of listeners as us all.
 fredriley wrote:
"Time flies" is regularly used in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to illustrate the often maddening ambiguity and multiple meanings inherent in English. I can think of at least four different meanings - time is short, measure the speed of flies, flies involved in time travel, Time flies, and many more can be constructed (see Wikipedia).

I'll get my coat...


 
What's your hurry?  Here's your hat.  {#Wink}

Amazing from the get go.
Gone man...reaaaaaal gone
stone groove
Sweet! Haven't heard this in friggin' DECADES!
very nice!{#Bananapiano}
"Time flies" is regularly used in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to illustrate the often maddening ambiguity and multiple meanings inherent in English. I can think of at least four different meanings - time is short, measure the speed of flies, flies involved in time travel, Time flies, and many more can be constructed (see Wikipedia).

I'll get my coat...

Groo-vay-y!
 
 shayde wrote:
I hear a lot of Les Mccann in it.
  Yep, by golly!
 cc_rider wrote:
Saw Ramsey Lewis here a few months ago. He opened for Dave Brubeck (!!), and tore the place up! We gave him a standing ovation and demanded an encore. Dave didn't seem to mind...

c.
 
Wow. That must have been some show. Pretty sure there's a lot of mutual admiration between Lewis and Brubeck, a couple of pros.

 ThePoose wrote:
How about some Eartha Kitt now? She's playing here (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) tonight at the tender age of 80.
 
RIP Eartha

Wow!  Thanks for the blast from the past!

I saw these guys live back in the early 70's. Appropriate album title.

I keep on hearing ...smoke on the water.....
mlcarroll wrote:
It's got a bit of that Les McCann & Eddie Harris thing goin'. Groovy!
I hear it!
Great to hear, and nice segue from Stevie Wonder"s Don't You Worry About a Thing.
It's got a bit of that Les McCann & Eddie Harris thing goin'. Groovy!
Moi Oci on the left-most hand clap track ... well, OK, you may genuflect to my hands, have your peeps call my peeps, OK?
This is awesome... Serious chairboppin. I hear a lot of Les Mccann in it.
:sunny: Some Ramsey better than none. Funky pianer blues the way to go, and that Young-Holt rhythm section literally can't be beat.
Clap your hands - and swivel that chair around from side to side. (that's what I'm doing. clapping very quietly)
Reminds me of my son's high school jazz band. A little better, perhaps.
The intersection of modern jazz and tent-meetin' Gospel!
Very cool how this has the same sound and groove as "The In Crowd", but with a different melody.
Good grief. Is this song really 5 hours long, or does it just feel like it? :yawn:
cc_rider wrote:
Saw Ramsey Lewis here a few months ago. He opened for Dave Brubeck (!!), and tore the place up! We gave him a standing ovation and demanded an encore. Dave didn't seem to mind... c.
I sure would have like to hear that show! Must of been fun!!
Very cool!
Not heard this..nor of Ramsey...until now, and already a fan!
I just subconsciously jumped out of my office chair and started dancing in place at my desk. Is that a bad thing?
Saw Ramsey Lewis here a few months ago. He opened for Dave Brubeck (!!), and tore the place up! We gave him a standing ovation and demanded an encore. Dave didn't seem to mind... c.
:drummer: :bananapiano: :drummer: :bananapiano:
How about some Eartha Kitt now? She's playing here (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) tonight at the tender age of 80.
Should be followed by Eva Cassidy singing this tune. She does a great version.
The beginning of this tune is the jingle to a long running German radio program (WDR 2, Berichte von heute) summarizing the news and political commentaries of the day my parents used to hear daily. Since it was summarizing the day it ran pretty late (11:30pm). When I heard this jingle as a kid, it meant I was staying up late. Still associate that with this music. Great to hear that again here on RP!!!
Love the tune, but its not "great". I really like the actual song. 7
i'm ouside @ a summer fest with a cold one.....
Love this tune!!! Thank you, Bill! 9