"In music, I cross genres very easily because all music, no matter what genre or style it comes from, consists of a great melody or a great sequence or harmonic changes--hopefully both! And you just have fun improvising and creating off of that palette. And that palette can come from anywhere. And being that alll three genres were part of my early days--first classical, then gospel, then jazz--those three allow me to go in different directions on different pieces."
--Ramsey Lewis, in Chicago Jazz Magazine, September/October 2005