The Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd (1965) (Argo LP-757) and Barefoot Sunday Blues (1963) (Argo LP-723)

A great day for piano trio jazz at Hythe’s British Heart Foundation, for not only did I pick up the two Lps of Mod/Northern Soul favourite Ramsey Lewis listed in the title, but I also had Erroll Garner Trio’s The Most Happy Piano (CBS/Realm RM 52065) (1958) and Oscar Peterson Trio’s Live From Chicago (Verve V-8420) (1961). A pound a pop.

These are all on the populist end of the jazz spectrum and betray far more desire to entertain than contemporary avant-garde-ites would ever countenance–the accent is on keeping punters drinking and dancing. Of the lot, the nod goes the Barefoot album, which adds a hint of gospel to its R&B groove and whose song selection avoids the supper club leanings of the Garner and Peterson sets.

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