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The Best of George Lewis 1943-1964

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
GHB's 2013 set The Best of George Lewis is a double-disc, 36-track retrospective that chronicles the prime of clarinetist George Lewis' career. The first disc is devoted to sides from the '40s, including dates where he played in the band of Bunk Johnson or the Eclipse Alley Five, while the second runs from 1950 to 1963, also split between sessions where he's a leader and where he's a sideman. All these tracks are culled from the masters owned by GHB/Jazzology, so this never samples Lewis' material for Decca or Blue Note or any other label that falls outside of this purview, but this is a sharp distillation of some of Lewis' prime work during the peak of the New ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
GHB's 2013 set The Best of George Lewis is a double-disc, 36-track retrospective that chronicles the prime of clarinetist George Lewis' career. The first disc is devoted to sides from the '40s, including dates where he played in the band of Bunk Johnson or the Eclipse Alley Five, while the second runs from 1950 to 1963, also split between sessions where he's a leader and where he's a sideman. All these tracks are culled from the masters owned by GHB/Jazzology, so this never samples Lewis' material for Decca or Blue Note or any other label that falls outside of this purview, but this is a sharp distillation of some of Lewis' prime work during the peak of the New Orleans jazz revival. For many listeners, this is an easy, efficient way to hear some of his best work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2013
  • Label: Ghb Records
  • UPC: 762247555926
  • Catalog Number: 559
  • Sales rank: 232,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Philip Street Breakdown - George Lewis 3-Piece Band (2:49)
  2. 2 New Orleans Hula - George Lewis 3-Piece Band (2:37)
  3. 3 Over the Waves - George Lewis 3-Piece Band (3:52)
  4. 4 Lead Me Saviour - George Lewis 3-Piece Band (2:54)
  5. 5 Climax Rag - George Lewis & His New Orleans Stompers (4:24)
  6. 6 Careless Love - George Lewis & His New Orleans Stompers (5:13)
  7. 7 Just a Closer Walk with Thee - George Lewis & His New Orleans Stompers (4:18)
  8. 8 Ice Cream - Jim Robinson's New Orleans Band (4:05)
  9. 9 Gloryland - Kid Shots New Orleans Band (3:53)
  10. 10 Sheik of Araby - Kid Shots New Orleans Band (4:01)
  11. 11 Bucket's Got a Hole in it - Kid Shots New Orleans Band (4:04)
  12. 12 When You and I Were Young Maggie - Kid Shots New Orleans Band (4:32)
  13. 13 Lord Lord You're Certainly Good to Me - Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band (4:05)
  14. 14 Lowdown Blues - Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band (4:33)
  15. 15 At the Darktown Strutters' Ball - Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band (4:26)
  16. 16 Tiger Rag - Bunk Johnson's Jazz Band (4:35)
  17. 17 Far Away Blues - Eclipse Alley Five (2:47)
  18. 18 The Girls All Love the Way I Walk - Eclipse Alley Five (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Maisie (3:38)
  2. 2 2:19 Blues (4:54)
  3. 3 Ole Miss (2:48)
  4. 4 Jerusalem Blues (5:03)
  5. 5 Bugle Boy March (3:42)
  6. 6 Pallet on the Floor (3:02)
  7. 7 Honky Tonk Town - George Lewis & His Ragtime Jazz Band (3:38)
  8. 8 Burgundy Street Blues - George Lewis & His Ragtime Jazz Band (4:32)
  9. 9 Red Wing - George Lewis New Orleans Rhythm Boys (2:27)
  10. 10 Darkness on the Delta - George Lewis New Orleans Rhythm Boys (2:23)
  11. 11 Old Rugged Cross - George Lewis & His Ragtime Jazz Band (5:00)
  12. 12 That's a Plenty - George Guesnon's New Orleans Band (4:58)
  13. 13 See See Rider - George Guesnon's New Orleans Band (5:11)
  14. 14 In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree - George Guesnon's New Orleans Band (4:35)
  15. 15 Savoy Blues - George Guesnon's New Orleans Band (4:46)
  16. 16 Isle of Capri (3:49)
  17. 17 Pete's Blues - Peter Bocage (5:09)
  18. 18 Shake It and Break It - Kid Howard (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Lewis Primary Artist, Clarinet
Percy Humphrey Trumpet
Bunk Johnson Trumpet
Peter Bocage Trumpet
Kid Howard Trumpet, Cornet
De De Pierce Trumpet
Alton Purnell Piano, Vocals
Jim Robinson Trombone
Sidney Brown Tuba
Baby Dodds Drums
George Guesnon Banjo
Kid Shots Madison Trumpet
Louis Nelson Trombone
Emanuel Sayles Banjo
Joe Watkins Drums
Mike Polad Banjo
Kid Thomas Valentine Trumpet
Edgar Mosley Drums
Papa John Joseph Bass
Creole George Guesnon Banjo
Josiah "Cie" Frazier Drums
Elmer Talbert Trumpet, Vocals
Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau Bass
Lawrence Marrero Banjo
Albert Walters Trumpet
Technical Credits
Lars Edegran Producer
George H. Buck Jr. Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Paige Van Vorst Liner Notes
Tommy Sancton Liner Notes
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