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GEORGE LEWIS - On Stage and At Newport

GEORGE LEWIS - On Stage and At Newport
£12.99
CD / Product Number: URCD224

George Lewis On Stage was recorded in July 1956 and features 12 tracks where Lewis is joined by Thomas Jefferson, Bob Thomas, Alton Purnell, Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau and Joe Watkins.
George Lewis At Newport was recorded in July 1957 with similar personnel except Jack Willis replaces Thomas Jefferson, and Joe Robichaux replaces Alton Purnell. These 5 great tracks complete the album - 64 glorious minutes of Lewis at his best!

Description

Tracks 1-12 George Lewis On Stage
Tracks 13-17 George Lewis At Newport

1. South Rampart Street Parade
2. Sugar Blues
3. Shine
4. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
5. Sweet Sue
6. On A Coconut Island
7. Chinatown My Chinatown
8. Nobody's Sweetheart Now
9. Dinah
10. Swing A Lullaby
11. Should I?
13. Intro - Basin Street Blues
14. Bourbon Street Parade
15. Tin Roof Blues
16. Royal Garden Blues
17. That's A Plenty

Reviews of This Recording

Of all of the New Orleans pioneers who spent the Depression years home in the Crescent City, George Lewis had the greatest commercial success in the 1950s. Lewis (1900-68) was an unlikely matinee idol. The soft-spoken clarinettist first came to prominence with Bunk Johnson during 1942-46, making his recording debut with the trumpeter who never seemed to treat him or the other sidemen very well, feeling that they were inferior musicians. Actually Lewis, who was a skilled ensemble player, tended to play at the level of the other musicians who he was with, particularly the trumpeters. When he was teamed with an intoxicated Kid Howard, he could be out of tune and erratic, but on dates with Henry 'Red' Allen or Alvin Alcorn, he was inspired and performed on a much higher level.
After leaving Johnson, Lewis returned to New Orleans and eventually led a group that included several of the other sidemen from Bunk’s group. He had success locally, was profiled in a 1950 issue of Look Magazine, and against all odds caught on big, not only at home but in Europe and Japan.
On Stage and At Newport is a single CD from the British Upbeat label that has all of the music from two different sessions. On Stage is from 1956 and finds Lewis teamed with the excellent trumpeter-singer Thomas Jefferson, trombonist Bob Thomas, pianist Alton Purnell, bassist Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau, and drummer Joe Watkins. Some of the songs are a bit more sophisticated than one usually associates with Lewis, including South Rampart Street Parade, Nobody’s Sweetheart Now and Dinah. Inspired by Jefferson’s Louis Armstrong-inspired playing and singing, Lewis rises to his level.
The George Lewis Band performed at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. Their 25-minute set features the same band except that Jack Willis is on trumpet and Joe Robichaux on piano. The music is a bit wilder and looser (reflecting Willis’ musical personality) than in the earlier set with particularly rambunctious versions of Bourbon Street Parade' and That’s A Plenty.
George Lewis fans will enjoy hearing him in both of these settings.

Of all of the New Orleans pioneers who spent the Depression years home in the Crescent City, George Lewis had the greatest commercial success in the 1950s. Lewis (1900-68) was an unlikely matinee idol. The soft-spoken clarinettist first came to prominence with Bunk Johnson during 1942-46, making his recording debut with the trumpeter who never seemed to treat him or the other sidemen very well, feeling that they were inferior musicians. Actually Lewis, who was a skilled ensemble player, tended to play at the level of the other musicians who he was with, particularly the trumpeters. When he was teamed with an intoxicated Kid Howard, he could be out of tune and erratic, but on dates with Henry 'Red' Allen or Alvin Alcorn, he was inspired and performed on a much higher level.
After leaving Johnson, Lewis returned to New Orleans and eventually led a group that included several of the other sidemen from Bunk’s group. He had success locally, was profiled in a 1950 issue of Look Magazine, and against all odds caught on big, not only at home but in Europe and Japan.
On Stage and At Newport is a single CD from the British Upbeat label that has all of the music from two different sessions. On Stage is from 1956 and finds Lewis teamed with the excellent trumpeter-singer Thomas Jefferson, trombonist Bob Thomas, pianist Alton Purnell, bassist Alcide 'Slow Drag' Pavageau, and drummer Joe Watkins. Some of the songs are a bit more sophisticated than one usually associates with Lewis, including South Rampart Street Parade, Nobody’s Sweetheart Now and Dinah. Inspired by Jefferson’s Louis Armstrong-inspired playing and singing, Lewis rises to his level.
The George Lewis Band performed at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. Their 25-minute set features the same band except that Jack Willis is on trumpet and Joe Robichaux on piano. The music is a bit wilder and looser (reflecting Willis’ musical personality) than in the earlier set with particularly rambunctious versions of Bourbon Street Parade' and That’s A Plenty.
George Lewis fans will enjoy hearing him in both of these settings.Syncopated Times, December 2019

'This obviously will be a must for all Lewis fans, though might appeal to anyone with an ear for sturdy, high energy, good time jazz.' Sally Ann Worsfield - The Jazz Rag Winter 2009