Ramsey Lewis & Nancy Wilson: Meant to Be (2002)
The opening skinning of "Peel Me a Grape" could teach Diana Krall a thing or two about how it’s really done. On the other hand, Wilson uses "Did I Ever Really Live" to demonstrate the lessons she has learned from Jimmy Scott. "Moondance" and "Piano in the Dark" are both squeaky but soulful, and "First Time Love" takes Ms. Wilson out in a romantic whisper. Otherwise, this is a Ramsey Lewis album not that that is a bad thing! Except for Fareed Haque’s "Tranquilissimo," all of the other compositions — from the rhythmic keys and ribboned bass on "Truthfully," to the smooth and gentle trio work of "Velvet Night" — are credited to Ramsel Publishing Co., making Wilson’s contributions enticing interludes that pull listeners through some of the mellower moods Lewis sets alone.
Track Listing: 1. First Time Love 2. Meant to Be 3. Moondance 4. Peel Me a Grape 5. Truthfully 6. A Moment Alone 7. Velvet Night 8. Did I Ever Really Live 9. Piano in the Dark 10. Tanquissimo 11. Time Peace
Record Label: Narada Jazz