Ramsey Lewis has long straddled the boundary between bop-oriented jazz and pop music. Most of his recordings (particularly by the mid-'60s) were very accessible and attracted a large non-jazz audience. On the 1965 albums The In Crowd and Hang On, Ramsey made the pianist into a major attraction, and from that point on, his records became much more predictable and pop-oriented. In the '70s, Lewis often played electric piano, although by later in the decade he was sticking to acoustic and hiring an additional keyboardist. ~ Scott Yanow
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