Ice Cream

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The Dixieland revival players of the '40s and '50s were to that time what the neo-Classicist hard bop and post-bop Young Lions were to the '80s and '90s: retro improvisers whose work was a throwback to an earlier style of jazz. There were some bop and cool jazz enthusiasts who, in the '50s, felt that Dixieland had outlived its usefulness, just as some fusion enthusiasts of the '70s felt that bop had outlived in its usefulness. But truth be told, no jazz style really outlives its usefulness -- it might cease to be cutting-edge, but it continues to have its place as long as it's well done. And during the Dixieland revival movement, clarinetist George Lewis was an expert in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The Dixieland revival players of the '40s and '50s were to that time what the neo-Classicist hard bop and post-bop Young Lions were to the '80s and '90s: retro improvisers whose work was a throwback to an earlier style of jazz. There were some bop and cool jazz enthusiasts who, in the '50s, felt that Dixieland had outlived its usefulness, just as some fusion enthusiasts of the '70s felt that bop had outlived in its usefulness. But truth be told, no jazz style really outlives its usefulness -- it might cease to be cutting-edge, but it continues to have its place as long as it's well done. And during the Dixieland revival movement, clarinetist George Lewis was an expert in his field. What Lewis not to be confused with the avant-garde trombonist with the same name lacked in innovation he more than made up for with enthusiasm and passion, neither of which are in short supply on Ice Cream. Recorded in 1953, this release finds Lewis leading a cohesive septet that also includes trumpeter Kid Howard, trombonist Jim Robinson, pianist Alton Purnell, banjoist Laurence Marrero, bassist Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, and drummer Joe Watkins. The CD isn't perfect; Howard's trumpet playing is mildly inconsistent, and Watkins' vocals on four selections "Down by the Riverside," "Careless Love," "Just a Little While to Stay Here," and the title track demonstrate that he was a better musician than singer. But Lewis' inspired clarinet playing makes Ice Cream well worth the price of admission, and that is true whether his band is embracing "My Old Kentucky Home" or Cy Seymour's "Panama Rag." All things considered, Ice Cream paints a favorable, if imperfect, picture of Lewis' contributions to the Dixieland revival movement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153020224
  • Catalog Number: 202
  • Sales rank: 143,796

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Lewis Primary Artist, Clarinet
Kid Howard Trumpet, Vocals
Alton Purnell Piano
Jim Robinson Trombone
Laurence Marrero Banjo
Joe Watkins Drums, Vocals
Joseph "Slow Drag" Pauageau Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Chris Barber Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Armand Piron Composer
Wayne Jones Liner Notes
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Billy Moll Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
William Tyers Composer
Traditional Composer
Steve Wagner Producer
George Fletcher Cover Photo
Howard Johnson Composer
Kerry Mills Composer
Thurland Chattaway Composer
Robert A. King Composer
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