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VINTAGE GEORGE LEWIS 1954-1955 - Double CD

VINTAGE GEORGE LEWIS 1954-1955 - Double CD
£14.99
CD / Product Number: URCD240D

This is the fourth in our series of 'Essential George Lewis' collections, this time focusing on two albums he recorded for Blue Note in 1954 and 1955. George Lewis had commenced a fruitful association with Blue Note in the 40s when they released his unforgettable 'Climax' session. By 1954 the New Orleans revival was in full swing, and the first album was recorded at a concert in Bakersfield, California in May 1954 when the band had no knowledge it was being recorded, so are in full uninhibited flow - the kind of music that inspired many European musicians of the era. The last 5 tracks of CD1 were recorded in a local radio studio on the same day. The following year, Blue Note took the band into a studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, and those recordings form the bulk of CD2. The session exhibits a greater variety of material, nevertheless delivered in the Lewis band's inimitable down-home way, with his poignant singing clarinet captured at its peak. May 28th 1954 Bakersfield, California: George Lewis, clarinet, Kid Avery Howard trumpet, vocal, Jim Robinson trombone, Alton Purnell piano, Lawrence Marrero banjo, Alcid 'Slow Drag' Pavageau string bass, Jo Watkins drums, vocal. April 8th and April 11th 1955, Hackensack,New Jersey: George Lewis, clarinet, Kid Avery Howard trumpet, vocal, Jim Robinson trombone, Alton Purnell piano, vocal,ÿ George Guesnonÿ banjo, Alcid 'Slow Drag' Pavageau string bass, Jo Watkins drums, vocal.

Description

Disc 1

Track 5 vocals Joe Watkins and 'Kid' Howard
Tracks 7, 9 and 12 vocals Joe Watkins

1. Spoken Introduction (George Lewis)
2. Over the Waves
3. Canal Street Blues
4. Redwing
5. Just A Closer Walk with Thee
6. Ice Cream
7. Mama Don't Allow It
8. Gettysburg March
9. Bill Bailey
10. Burgundy Street Blues
11. Ol Man Moose
12. Walking With The King

Disc 2

Tracks 3 and 11 Vocal by 'Kid' Howard
Track 13 Vocal Alton Purnell

1. Spoken Introduction (George Lewis)
2. Over the Waves
3. Canal Street Blues
4. Redwing
5. Just A Closer Walk with Thee
6. Ice Cream
7. Mama Don't Allow It
8. Gettysburg March
9. Bill Bailey
10. Burgundy Street Blues
11. Ol Man Moose
12. Walking With The King
1. When You Wore a Tulip
2. Gettysburg March (Alternative Version)
3. Walking With The King (Alternate Version)
4. Gattysburg March
5. Savoy Blues
6. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning
7. Bucket Got A Hole In It
8. I Can't Escape From You
9. Mahogany Hall Stomp
10. Move The Body Over
11. Lord Lord You Sure Been Good To Me
12. High Society
13. See See Rider Blues
14. Heebie Jeebies
15. When You Wore a Tulip

Reviews of This Recording

Lewis collectors will want (this set) in lieu of the two existing LPs, with the bonus of extra tracks. New fans are in for a treat.
- Andrew Liddle - Just Jazz

Of the many extant takes of Lewis' signature tune Burgandy Street Blues, this must rank as one of the most wondorous, a wholly perfect form, with the clarinettist caressing the notes, and Purnell, behind him, with more than a hint of Yancey in the left hand, supplying the drive. - Andrew Liddle - Just Jazz