Barrel House Piano

Meade "Lux" Lewis

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Barrel House Piano Review

by Ken Dryden

Meade Lux Lewis was recorded in spurts during his musical career. This record features Lewis on a metallic-sounding honky tonk piano, accompanied by an unidentified guitarist and bassist. This gives the album a very dated sound that makes it less desirable than if he had recorded the same tracks on a normal piano. Boogie-woogie aficionados will find desirable material such as Lewis' revival of his "Six Wheel Chaser," tho once popular but now nearly forgotten standards "Jada" and "Darktown Strutters Ball," and enjoyable versions of "Bugle Call Rag" and "St. Louis Blues." Although reissued as an LP by Everest and in 1994 as a Jasmine release under the same title, only the original record has all sixteen tracks; six are omitted from the later releases.

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