The Best of George Lewis 1943-1964

The Best of George Lewis 1943-1964

by George LewisGeorge Lewis


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Ghb Jazz Foundation
UPC: 0762247555926
catalogNumber: 559
Rank: 70397

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Lewis   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Percy Humphrey   Trumpet
Bunk Johnson   Trumpet
Peter Bocage   Trumpet
Kid Howard   Trumpet,Cornet
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   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Paige Van Vorst   Liner Notes
Tommy Sancton   Liner Notes

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