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Ramsey Lewis BBC Radio 3 Show.
BBC Radio 3 Jazz Library (May 1st 2010) featuring Ramsey Lewis prior to his 75th birthday.
He discusses highlights from his 60 year career and his release of his latest recording 'Songs From The Heart'.
Chart success began in 1965 with 'The In Crowd', a track recorded live at Washington D.C.'s Bohemian Caverns where the audience's whoops and claps became, in Ramsey's words, the 'fourth member of the band'.
But, as Alyn Shipton finds out in this programme, Lewis' catalogue of discs is richly varied, including interpretations of Beatles ballads, forays into fusion (with the help of Earth, Wind & Fire) and a large-scale gospel album alongside his many trio outings.
A natural storyteller, Lewis remembers his father introducing him to the virtuosity of Art Tatum (prompting the question: 'Dad, who are they?') and, in conversation with Alyn Shipton, he describes how Western Classical tradition holds an important position in his musical thinking.