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Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Ramsey Lewis Trio At The Bohemian Caverns

Ramsey Lewis Trio
At The Bohemian Caverns
Recorded by Edgewood Recording Studios, Inc., at The Bohemian Caverns, in Washington, D. C. June 4 and 6, 1964
Supervision: Esmond Edwards
Cover Design: Tom Gorman
Argo LP-741
Chess Producing Corp.

Personnel: Ramsey Lewis, Piano; Eldee Young, Bass and Cello*; Red Holt, Drums

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover and notes excerpts.

From the back cover: For more than four years the Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D. C. has provided a steady home for jazz and its faithful supporters. This club is known world wide for its physical layout of sculpturesque beauty and stalactite formations hanging from its ceiling. Said club owner Tony Taylor to his partner Angelo Alvino and myself, "That's why, times when we don't even have a strong act in the room to draw the people, there are a certain amount of individuals who might filter through here anyway, just to see the place". So here we find the very necessary ingredients of the mixture to make jazz – the customer, the atmosphere, and the world's finest performing artists. – Al Clarke - WOOK Radio - Washington, D. C.

From Billboard - October 10, 1964: Here's the exciting performance of the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded live at the Bohemian Caverns, a jazz country club in Washington, D. C. Jazz fans will flip when they hear the treatment of "Fly Me To The Moon," let alone the medley from "West Side Story." Well recorded performance of an outstanding jazz group.

West Side Story Medley: Somewhere, Maria, Jet Song, Somewhere
Something You Got
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
My Babe*
The Caves
The Shelter Of Your Arms

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