George Lewis with Guest Artist Red Allen

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In 1951, clarinetist George Lewis was on the brink of gaining fame beyond his wildest dreams and becoming a symbol of the New Orleans revival movement; however, he had not yet settled on a regular trumpeter for his group. Elmer Talbert had departed, Percy Humphrey would join up later in the year, and by 1953 Lewis would finally settle on the erratic but spirited Kid Howard. Lewis tended to adjust his style depending on who was the lead horn, so his playing on this particular CD is quite interesting. Ten songs find his group sounding a bit like the Kid Ory band; this was due to the solid and occasionally exciting trumpeter Alvin Alcorn. Alcorn and Lewis made for a fine team,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In 1951, clarinetist George Lewis was on the brink of gaining fame beyond his wildest dreams and becoming a symbol of the New Orleans revival movement; however, he had not yet settled on a regular trumpeter for his group. Elmer Talbert had departed, Percy Humphrey would join up later in the year, and by 1953 Lewis would finally settle on the erratic but spirited Kid Howard. Lewis tended to adjust his style depending on who was the lead horn, so his playing on this particular CD is quite interesting. Ten songs find his group sounding a bit like the Kid Ory band; this was due to the solid and occasionally exciting trumpeter Alvin Alcorn. Alcorn and Lewis made for a fine team, making one wish that they had collaborated much more in the future there would be a 1958 Verve LP. Highlights include "Dippermouth Blues," "Long Way to Tipperary," "Big Butter and Egg Man," and "Weary Blues." However, the main reason to acquire this CD is for five performances in which the group is joined by trombonist Jim Robinson and the great trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen. Allen had worked with Lewis back in the 1920s and he was a very different player for the band. Allen's powerful solos, dominant ensemble playing, and pure brilliance uplifted the whole group, and Lewis rose to the occasion. There are two versions of "St. James Infirmary" with Allen's vocals but the high points are the rambunctious versions of "Darktown Strutters' Ball," "Hindustan," and "Some of These Days." Trad fans will definitely want to hear the intriguing Lewis/Allen band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1994
  • Label: American Music Rec.
  • UPC: 762247107125
  • Catalog Number: 71
  • Sales rank: 266,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Darktown Strutters' Ball (3:08)
  2. 2 Hindustan (3:19)
  3. 3 St. James Infirmary - Henry "Red" Allen (2:50)
  4. 4 St. James Infirmary - Henry "Red" Allen (3:10)
  5. 5 Some of These Days - Henry "Red" Allen (3:21)
  6. 6 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home - Henry "Red" Allen (3:22)
  7. 7 Dippermouth Blues - Henry "Red" Allen (3:21)
  8. 8 Blues for Joe - Henry "Red" Allen (3:10)
  9. 9 It's a Long Way to Tipperary - Henry "Red" Allen (3:17)
  10. 10 Bugle Call Rag - Henry "Red" Allen (2:01)
  11. 11 Big Butter and Egg Man - Henry "Red" Allen (3:40)
  12. 12 Bourbon Street Parade - Henry "Red" Allen (3:32)
  13. 13 Over the Waves - Henry "Red" Allen (3:00)
  14. 14 Who's Sorry Now? - Henry "Red" Allen (3:19)
  15. 15 Weary Blues - Henry "Red" Allen (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Lewis Primary Artist, Clarinet
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet, Vocals
Paul Barbarin Drums
Alton Purnell Piano, Vocals
Jim Robinson Trombone
Laurence Marrero Banjo
Alcide Pavageau Bass, Bass Saxophone
Lester Santiago Piano
Edmond Souchon Vocals
Bill Mathews Trombone
Technical Credits
King Oliver Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Herb Friedwald Liner Notes
Bert Kalmar Composer
Barry Martyn Producer
Harry Ruby Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Edmond Souchon Contributor
Billy Meyers Composer
George H. Buck Jr. Liner Notes
Juventino Rosas Composer
Oliver Wallace Composer
Laneatha Williams Composer
Artie Matthews Composer
Percy Venable Composer
Harold Weeks Composer
Traditional Composer
Nowicki Cover Design
Hughie Cannon Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Jack Judge Composer
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