JASS AT THE OHIO UNION - The Historic George Lewis 1954 Concert - Double CD
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This historic concert has been treasured by George Lewis fans for many years, and now we here at Upbeat are proud to announce the first UK release of this landmark recording of the Lewis band at its exciting digitally remastered best! An essential double-album for all lovers of authentic New Orleans music.
By the mid-50s the band often performed on the college concert circuit for their developing fan base of young, mainly white, jazz enthusiasts for whom genuine New Orleans music was a revelation and we can feel the warm rapport they had with their new audience. That evening Nick Gagliano (the band’s manager) introduced them and to our surprise we learned that the concert was being recorded. The concert was a great success.
We’ve used the artwork and extracts from the original sleeve notes of the first release LP, but for the sake of accuracy have corrected some mis-titled tunes in our updated running order.
Personnel: George Lewis clarinet leader, Avery ‘Kid’ Howard trumpet, Jim Robinson trombone, Lawrence Marrero banjo, Alton Purnell piano vocals, Alcide ‘Slow-Drag’ Parvageau string bass, Joe Watkins drums vocals.
1: Introduction/ Basin Street Blues
2: Beautiful Ohio
4: Mama Don’t ‘low
5: Climax Rag
6: Lord, Lord, Lord
7: High Society
8: If Ever I Cease To Love
9: The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
10: Maryland, My Maryland
11: Funeral Sequence: Just A Little While to Stay Here/Flee As A Bird/You Rascal You
12: Burgundy Street Blues
1: Over The Waves
2: Bugle Boy March
3: Doctor Jazz
4: Red Wing
5: Sensation Rag
6: Corrine, Corrina
7: Ice Cream
8: When The Saints Go Marching In
9: Chimes Blues
10: Muskrat Ramble
11: Finale/Basin Street Blues
Reviews of This Recording
The splendid Upbeat label have now reached number 5 in their on-going Geroge Lewis series.......It's a great pleasure to listen to these two CDs and it will be a greater pleasure still, perhaps, for any newcomer to hear Lewis loose that lovely silvery chain of sound.....Just listen to the bird of sound he releases - in the mind's eye watch it fly, soar, swoop, descend, soar again. And note how the ever-grounded Jim Robinson is the perfect complement. And the fiery Kid Howard ain't bad even if he fails to reach his own heights. It is, of course, the rhythm section to die for: Lawrence Marrero on banjo, Alton Purnell piano and Joe Watkins on drums.
Andrew Liddle - Just Jazz September 2013
....this is the George Lewis 1st VII....the band is in exuberant form and it's fantastic to hear the wild reactions of the white college audience: they weren't all hooked on Brubeck! Jazz Rag Autumn 2013