This Is Jazz, Vol. 27 contains 11 well-chosen tracks taken from pop/soul/jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, focusing on his '70s recordings for the Columbia label. Many of these songs appealed to both pop and jazz audiences, achieving crossover popularity: "Wade in the Water," "Soul Sister," "Waltz for Debby," and "Song Without Words (Remembering)." To be definitive, this disc would have to add his Cadet and Argo hits "In-Crowd," "Hang On Sloopy," and "1, 2, 3," which it doesn't.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell