Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and vocalist Nancy Wilson have renewed their occasional collaboration that began with the 1984 album "The Two of Us." Lewis and Wilson gravitated toward the melodicism of pop

Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and vocalist Nancy Wilson have renewed their occasional collaboration that began with the 1984 album "The Two of Us." Lewis and Wilson gravitated toward the melodicism of pop and imbued that style of music with a jazz sensibility long ago, and that's essentially what's happening here. The 10 tracks are divided evenly between instrumental and vocal numbers. Lewis' best solo effort comes with his rendition of "Slipping Into Darkness," performed in a trio setting. His extended solo is reminiscent of the propulsive groove he mined so effectively on "The In Crowd" nearly 40 years ago. Wilson's vocal work is as smooth as ever. Her most relaxed and soulful tune, "Lost Up in Loving You," is just the sort of down-tempo torch song that has always suited her cozy voice.—PVV