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Lewis, Meade Lux

Biography

Meade Lux Lewis (September 1905 – June 7, 1964) was an American pianist and composer, noted for his work in the boogie-woogie style. His best known work, "Honky Tonk Train Blues", has been recorded in various contexts, often in a big band arrangement. Early recordings of the piece by artists other than Lewis include performances by Adrian Rollini, Frankie Trumbauer, classical harpsichordist Sylvia Marlowe, theater organist George Wright (with drummer Cozy Cole, under the title "Organ Boogie"), and Bob Zurke with Bob Crosby's orchestra. Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer often included it in his repertoire and recorded it in 1972.




Recordings

Ammons, Albert / Lewis, Meade Lux: The Boogie Woogie Trio Vol 2

The selections on this superb collection were recorded from live broadcasts originating in the Sherman Hotel in downtown Chicago during September / October. 1939 - a period that found The Boogie Woogie Trio riding the crest of a popular musical wave. It has often been said that the piano sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven are veiled symphonies....that the piano is truly an orchestra in itself. These men prove it here over and over again, in their spontaneous, veiled symphonies of boogie-woogie and blues.