George Lewis with Guest Artist Red Allen

George Lewis with Guest Artist Red Allen

by George Lewis George Lewis


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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 (which also includes trombonist Bill Mathews, pianist Lester Santiago, banjoist Lawrence Marrero, bassist Alcide Pavageau and guest drummer Paul Barbarin) 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 are for five performances in which the Lewis/Santiago/Marrero/Pavageau/Barbarin 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." Since all of the music on this disc are studio recordings rather than live performances, the recording quality of this American Music CD is on a higher level than many of their other releases. Trad fans will definitely want to hear the intriguing Lewis/Allen band.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/1994
Label: Ghb Jazz Foundation
UPC: 0762247107125
catalogNumber: 71
Rank: 137704


  1. Darktown Strutters' Ball
  2. Hindustan
  3. St. James Infirmary
  4. St. James Infirmary
  5. Some of These Days
  6. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
  7. Dippermouth Blues
  8. Blues for Joe
  9. It's a Long Way to Tipperary
  10. Bugle Call Rag
  11. Big Butter and Egg Man
  12. Bourbon Street Parade
  13. Over the Waves
  14. Who's Sorry Now?
  15. Weary Blues

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
George H. Buck   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
Billy Meyers   Composer

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