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Cecil Ramirez – Party in the Back

July 26, 2015

After a few years dazzling audiences at live performances such as Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, keyboardist Cecil Ramirez, a well-respected, well-regarded studio musician, musical director, and performer who released a debut release of his Cecil Ramirez CDown back in 2009 called Talk to the Hand, is back with his sophomore release titled Party in the Back, and does that title say it all.

Ramirez’s compositional and keys skills have long been noted by his peers and fans alike. Now, they are again on full display as he revs up the jam machine and kicks out the grooves again on this fine solo effort.

There’s loads of funk and that bring-it-on feel that gets and keeps listeners riveted with their heads poppin’ and fingers snappin’.

Where do we start with this funky, energetic firestarter album? How about at the beginning? The lead track “On the One” just kicks the door open and gets it all started in a hurry truly sets this album off. If you’re still standing and not seated trying catch your breath, try “Talk to the Hand,” a funkster obviously looking back and offering the one single not included on his debut.

Maybe it’s time to catch your breath now, huh? Then, it’s a good time to groove to the more laid-back Carole sager hit “Stronger Than Before” – but don’t get too comfortable as the keyboardist hops all over the Michael Jackson smash “Remember the Time.” Sharp, hot, and sweaty – but you know that.

There’s so much more where all of this comes from. For example, there’s the sweet and oh-so-sexy “Missing You,” there’s the great cover of Toto’s “Georgy Porgy,” and the take-the-funk-home title track finale. This is a can’t-miss album, for sure.

It’s been 6 years coming, but Party in the Back is more than worth your while. Ramirez takes no prisoners and, with guests including Darren Rahn, Phil Denny, Michael Lington, and others, guarantees that this sophomore release has power to get “it” done. – Ronald Jackson