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Keeper of the Flame

George Lewis

Price: £54.98
Cat No#:
1088613
Format:
8CD Box
Artist:
George Lewis
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8CD BOX + 28 P. BOOKLET

George Lewis was born in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century. It was a perfect time and place for someone of his natural talent to come into this world, no other city had as rich a musical life as that which moved through the streets of New Orleans, and George Lewis arrived there just as it all came together and blossomed in to jazz.

This boxed set contains 127 recorded instances of George Lewis spreading the joy of traditional jazz on both sides of the Atlantic.

You will hear his band, with great keepers of the flame like trombonist Jim Robinson, trumpeters Avery “Kid” Howard and Percey Humphrey, legendary bassist Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau, banjo veteran Lawrence Marrero, Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band, and singers Lizzie Miles and Monette Moore.

Together, it captures the essence of the historic 1950s New Orleans Revival. This is the Box that traditional jazzfans have been waiting for!

 

Presentation of box content:

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CD1 & 2:
Kid Howard (tp & vo) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Alton Purnell (p & vo) Lawrence Marrero (bjo) Alcide Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr & vo)
 
Recorded at Ohio State University,Columbus, Ohio, March 3, 1954.
 
CD3:
Track 1-11: Avery Kid Howard (tp & vo) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Alton Purnell (p & vo) Lawrence Marrero (bjo) Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr & vo) Howard and Robinson do not appear on “Burgundy Street Blues”
 
Recorded, Bakersfield, California, May 28, 1954. 
 
Track 12-16: Percy Humphrey (tp) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Jeanette Kimball (p) Johnny St. Cyr (g) McNeal Breaux (b) Paul Barbarin (dr) Elizabeth Eustis (vo)
 
Recorded in New Orleans June 17, 1954
 
CD4:
 
Avery “Kid” Howard (tp & vo) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Alton Purnell (p & vo) Lawrence Marrero (bjo & vo) Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr & vo) Lizzie Miles (vo)
 
Recorded at Club Hangover San Francisco, November 7, 14 & 27, 1953
 
CD5:
Avery “Kid” Howard (tp) Wendell Eugene (tb) George Lewis (cl) Alton Purnell (p) Lawrence Marrero (bjo) Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr)
 
Recorded at Roosevelt Hotel, New  Orleans, December 17, 1954
 
CD6:
Finn Otto Hansen (tp) Arne Bue Jensen (tb) George Lewis (cl,vo,talking) Jørgen Svare (cl) Bjarne Petersen (bjo) Mogens Seidelin (b) Ib Lindschouw (dr) Omit Jørgen Svare on track 1
 
Recorded March 24 & 25, 1959 in Copenhagen.
 
CD7:
Track 1-8: Avery Kid Howard (tp,vo) George Lewis (cl) Jim Robinson (tb) Alton Purnell (p & vo) Lawrence Marreo (bjo) Alcide Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr & vo)
Monette Moore (vo)
 
Recorded October 26, 1953, Los Angeles.
 
Track 9-22: Kid Howard (tp) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Alton Purnell (p) Alcide Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr & vo) Lizzie Miles (vo)
 
Recorded Dec. 19, 1953 & Jan. 2, 1954, at Hangover Club, San Francisco
 
CD8: 
Kid Howard (tp) Jim Robinson (tb) George Lewis (cl) Alton Purnell (p & vo) Lawrence Marrero (bj) Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau (b) Joe Watkins (dr & vo) 
Recorded at Hangover Club, San Francisco, November 21, 1953

Reviews

Jazz Weekly

"This is music that was created by artists before there was such a thing as “standards” to play, as much as to create. An era and attitude, like the time of the Old Testament  Prophets  that should never be forgotten."

- George W. Harris (original article here)

 

Digjazz.se
 
"This is one of the best collection boxes that have so far come out with George Lewis and his '50s band. CD releases have become something of a rarity and for those who missed any of the previous editions now has the chance to complete their collection. The great liner notes also make it worth getting the box."
 
- Björn Bärnheim (original article here)

 

5 stars

Overall, 10 hours and a bit more of the most famous revival band of 1950s at its very best is a treat to treasure.

Alyn Shipton, Jazzwise

4 stars

Berts Jazznyt

"(...) a fine opportunity to complete or freshen up your George Lewis collection."

- P-O Karlström (read the full review in swedish here)