The Original 7ven, Condensate [Saguaro Road]

When it comes to bassist/ producers, very few are in the same league as Terry Lewis, who—along with partner/keyboardist Jimmy Jam—ruled the charts in the ’80s and ’90s, first with the Time and then as a studio god for pop juggernauts like Janet Jackson.
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When it comes to bassist/ producers, very few are in the same league as Terry Lewis, who—along with partner/keyboardist Jimmy Jam—ruled the charts in the ’80s and ’90s, first with the Time and then as a studio god for pop juggernauts like Janet Jackson. Condensate, which reunites Lewis, Jam, and the other five original members of the Time in the studio for the first time since 1990, is a slick update of the band’s classic sound, but Lewis’s masterful Jazz Bass lines are buried on all but a couple cuts. Old-school fans may find the accompanying 90-minute DVD, packed with stories about former Time mastermind Prince and plenty of rare footage, more essential.

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