Ramsey Lewis: Dear Prudence
Thought I'd take us out this week with something mellow, and nothing better serves the purpose than a selection from Mother Nature's Son, ivory-tickling jazzman Ramsey Lewis' instrumental take on the White Album.
The tune builds, to be sure -- this isn't lite jazz by a long shot. But wordless, divorced and diverted from the child's message of wonder and hope which the original frames through its praise of day and beauty, the melody takes on a late-night longing all its own. A fitting end to a mixtape of Beatles covers, or our own week's foray into the theme.