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2-CD Digipak (4-sided) with 64 page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 113 minutes.... more

Bill Ramsey: My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition

2-CD Digipak (4-sided) with 64 page booklet, 31 tracks. Total playing time approx. 113 minutes.
  • Recordings from the past 45 years – Billy Ramsey with jazz combos and big bands.
  • (Almost) all songs written bei Bill Ramsey – of course re-printed in the booklet.
  • Back-up musicians and arrangers: Dieter Reith, Kurt Edelhagen, Toots Thielemans, and Peter Herbolzheimer, a.o.
Contains two brandnew recordings from 2016!

  • Liner notes, in German, written bei TV-show host, entertainer, and performer Götz Alsmann.
In April, Bill Ramsey will celebrate his 85th birthday. Bill was born in Cincinnatti, Ohio, in 1931. While serving his time in the United States Airforce in Germany, he performed his special blend of jazz, swing,and blues in jazz clubs like the ‚Jazzkeller’ in Franfurt/Main, Germany. After signing with Polydor Records in 1958, Bill recorded a string of popular German Schlager songs, like Ohne Krimi geht die Mimi nie ins Bett und Souvenirs Souvenirs.

But whenever there was an opportunity to perform, he acted out his passion for African-American music singing jazz, backed by German big bands and radio orchestras for almost each and every national public radio station in this country. This collection contains some of his greatest big band jazz recordings from the past five decades.

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  • Interpret: Bill Ramsey

  • Album titlle: My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition

  • Year of publication 2016
  • Genre Jazz

  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Price code BS
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5397102174278

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Ramsey, Bill - My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition CD 1
01 Something Lingers Bill Ramsey
02 It's The Little Things That Count Bill Ramsey
03 Get It Together Bill Ramsey
04 In The Eyes Of Children Bill Ramsey
05 The Old Ones Bill Ramsey
06 Old Roads Bill Ramsey
07 Take Another Step Bill Ramsey
08 Getting' Back To Swing Bill Ramsey
09 If There's Anything That I Can Do Bill Ramsey
10 What You Gonna Do Now Girl Bill Ramsey
11 Fat Man Bill Ramsey
12 I'd Rather Be A Gambler Bill Ramsey
13 Some Mornin's Bill Ramsey
14 Lady Bill Ramsey
15 Understand Bill Ramsey
16 True Blue Bill Ramsey
Ramsey, Bill - My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition CD 2
01 When I See You Bill Ramsey
02 The Man Of The People Bill Ramsey
03 You Can Find It Bill Ramsey
04 Flea Market Bill Ramsey
05 I Got To Follow You Bill Ramsey
06 Tides Bill Ramsey
07 Big Fat Mama (2) Bill Ramsey
08 What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You Bill Ramsey
09 Real Life Man Bill Ramsey
10 Sunshine On The Mountain Bill Ramsey
11 Big Band Boogie Bill Ramsey
12 Your Own Choice Bill Ramsey
13 Shadows And Rain Bill Ramsey
14 Out Of Sight Out Of Mind Bill Ramsey
15 This Time It's Your Fault Bill Ramsey
Bill Ramsey Whomn I think of Bill Ramsey, there's a smile on my face. I wouldn't know of... more
"Bill Ramsey"

Bill Ramsey

Whomn I think of Bill Ramsey, there's a smile on my face.

I wouldn't know of a singer I enjoyed more as a child than'Uncle Bill'. I can't think of anyone who, as a steppke and teenager, could have brought me closer to more standards of jazz, blues and folk in no time than him.

No one else had his television presence, his anarchic humor and his swing instinct.
Not to mention the fact that nobody except him sang a real Hank Ballard number in one of the typical music film comedies of the Adenauer era: Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go! When you saw Bill Ramsey, the TV presenter, the actor, the all-round comedian, friend of children and of course Bill Ramsey, the singer, on TV in the 60s, 70s and 80s, you couldn't help but think him a happy artist.

In addition to his hits from the late 50s and early 60s, he regularly had the opportunity to present his first and greatest love, jazz, on screen. Blues, folk and country didn't miss out either.
His Girl From Ipanema with host Paul Kuhn at the Hammond organ in'Paul's Party' remains unforgotten - back when the television was still black and white and the screen could still be smoked with relish.


For the legendary'man on the street', Bill Ramsey was naturally a wool-dyed jazz man who had temporarily become a hitter to the whims of career and fate. There was nothing in the eyes of the occasional jazz audience that could have been disreputable about Bill's double career. On the contrary: Especially these'Jazzleute' (elastic, but always positively meant term) made the best hits. They knew about Bill just as they knew about Hazy Osterwald, Bibi Johns, Greetje Kauffeld or Caterina Valente.

And wasn't that the real American scam anyway? Were Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé and Al Hibbler, BillyEckstine, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan not also swinging top performers, who became conspicuous again and again with commercially invested songs without really making enemies themselves with it?

Wasn't Bill Ramsey the jazziest of them all? So what was the problem?
In retrospect, the artist himself feels this quite differently...

His fellow musicians from Frankfurt'Domicile du Jazz' rejoiced with him about his triumphs as a pop singer. Big band musicians, even top jazz orchestras, liked to play on his records. They knew from their own experience that a professional musician also needs bread music for art music.
But the eternal jazz police could not understand him. Just as his musical colleagues usually congratulated him on his last hit after a jazz jam session over a relaxing beer, so did the top-nosed high priests of pure teaching, the aesthetic-philosophical jazz romanticists trained on their own genius and the editors of better arts pages and late night cultural radio (who, of course, are permanently employed in crisis-proof positions).

The jazz policemen, usually unable to hear an eight-bar solo without falling into hours of discourse about how Lennie Tristano would have played it, did not like to practice in tolerance for an absolute professional, who NEVER lost sight of jazz besides his activity as an entertainer, and - very important! whose jazz always hit the public at large, if it got to hear him.

But this did not interest the ubiquitous'Jazz Pope' from Baden Baden nor many other scribents of monthly appearing jazz cashiers who fall for every impostor.
To say it with the (sometimes too lightly underestimated) orchestra chief Guy Lombardo: "Nobody likes us but the people."


Some editors, producers and arrangers didn't want to play this stupid game. They believed in Bill Ramsey as a jazz interpreter at least as much as they appreciated Bill Ramsey as a grandmaster among pop humorists.
They knew him from his legendary appearance at the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt in 1957, from tours with jazz programs in several countries of Western and Eastern Europe.

They had brought jazz classics to the stage with him and experimented with jazz arrangements for current pop hits. They loved the musical work with Bill.
Over the decades, as already indicated, radio (occasionally also television) productions with great big bands and combos, with wide-screen orchestras, top soloists and top-quality processed material have been produced.
The arrangers were all masters of their profession, including Dieter Reith, Rob Pronk, Paul Kuhn, Peter Herbolzheimer, Dave Hildinger, Jürgen Franke, Joki Freund and many others (see title list) - and they repeatedly pulled out some extra stops for their Bill.


The same applies to the big bands, e.g. Kurt Edelhagen (WDR), Erwin Lehn (SDR), Paul Kuhn (SFB), Dieter Glawischnig (NDR), Rolf-Hans Müller (SWF Baden Baden), HR, Radio Zürich etc. (see title list).Every single one of the recordings gathered here from the years 1958 to 1999 (yes, correctly read: music from forty-one years!) is a single song of praise for a great musical communicator - a homage to an expert to whom the complete field of tension between spiritual and swing, between blues and bossa nova, between boogie and ballads typical of the time was the most natural place for his musical self-expression and, yes, still is.
Because he is still there, still active and still a perfect ambassador for the great songs of his American homeland. And of course he remains the best singer who has ever appeared on television with a rotating propeller fly.

Anyone who sees him in the concert hall from the audience's waiting room will experience a spirited young man, inexplicably adorned with a snow-white hair and beard dress. Whoever shares the stage with him already knows beforehand: This will be difficult...

Because Mr. William McCreery Ramsey from Cincinnati, Ohio, remains unique and unrivalled.

Götz Alsmann 

 

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Customer evaluation for "My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition"
10 May 2016

Extraklasse!

Trend Journal 4/16 "Die für ihre wunderbaren Ausgrabungen bekannte Firma Bear Family Records hat nun ein tolles Album mit Bill Ramsey-Musik auf den Markt gebracht. Ein Doppelalbum der Extraklasse."

10 May 2016

Schönes Geschenk

Oldiemarkt 5/16 "Dieser Doppelpack bringt Jazz-Songs von 1962 bis 2016, die Ramseys Qualitäten in diesem Metier beweisen. Ein schönes Geschenk zu seinem 85. Geburtstag."

25 Apr 2016

Grossartig

22 Apr 2016

Grandios

Ich hatte das Vergnügen Bill Ramsey live auf unserem Altstadtfest vor vielen vielen Jahren zu genießen,ich muss sagen,er ist wie guter Wein,je älter,desto besser!Diese CD ist ein Genuss für jeden ,der Jazz und Swing liebt!Einfach ein großer Könner seines Fachs.Hoffentlich noch lange.Genial!!

19 Apr 2016

Perfekter Überblick

DPA 4.04.16 "Von Ramsey's Talenten zeugt auch die kürzlich erschienene Doppel-CD „My Words“ (Bear Family), die einen perfekten Überblick über das Jazz-Schaffen von Bill Ramsey gibt. 31 Titel aus den Jahren 1970 bis 2016 (zwei brandneue Songs), mit denen sich Bill Ramsey auch als Texter und Komponist nachhaltig in Erinnerung bringt. Mimi und die Mausefalle sind nicht dabei. "

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Tracklist
Ramsey, Bill - My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition CD 1
01 Something Lingers
02 It's The Little Things That Count
03 Get It Together
04 In The Eyes Of Children
05 The Old Ones
06 Old Roads
07 Take Another Step
08 Getting' Back To Swing
09 If There's Anything That I Can Do
10 What You Gonna Do Now Girl
11 Fat Man
12 I'd Rather Be A Gambler
13 Some Mornin's
14 Lady
15 Understand
16 True Blue
Ramsey, Bill - My Words (2-CD) 85th Birthday Edition CD 2
01 When I See You
02 The Man Of The People
03 You Can Find It
04 Flea Market
05 I Got To Follow You
06 Tides
07 Big Fat Mama (2)
08 What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You
09 Real Life Man
10 Sunshine On The Mountain
11 Big Band Boogie
12 Your Own Choice
13 Shadows And Rain
14 Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
15 This Time It's Your Fault