Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis plays Fender Rhodes and Arp synthesizer on his 1974 jazz-funk hit Sun Goddess. The pianist is joined by his former drummer Maurice White, members of White’s band Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Miles Davis producer Teo Macero. The title track is really the one here, though the other tracks are excellent as well (don’t miss B1 “Jungle Strut” and B3 “Tambura”). Smooth, funky, and sensual, “Sun Goddess” shines with the bright vocals of EWF’s Philip Bailey, Lewis’ rippling Rhodes piano, Don Myrick’s strutting sax solo, and that unmistakable ARP synthesizer line. The track would later be sampled by numerous hip-hop artists including E-40, Mos Def, Pete Rock, and DJ Sneak.
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Tags: Jazz-funk / Samples / Soul