Ted Lewis

Classic Jazz

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This eight-track 10" LP from 1950 is a compilation of Ted Lewis recordings made in the 1920s and early '30s. The versions of "Aunt Hagar's Blues" and Lewis' theme song, "When My Baby Smiles at Me," are re-recordings, but the performances are still good. Lewis is joined by a group of early jazz stars on the sides: Clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey appears on "Aunt Hagar's Blues" and "The Yellow Dog Blues"; saxophonist Don Murray is on "Clarinet Marmalade"; clarinetist Benny Goodman is on "Dip Your Brush in the Sunshine (And Keep On Painting Away)" and "Royal Garden Blues"; Muggsy Spanier joins Goodman on those two tracks, as well as appearing on "When My Baby Smiles at Me" and "Sobbin' Blues"; trombonist George Brunies is on "When My Baby Smiles at Me," "Sobbin' Blues," and "Royal Garden Blues"; clarinetist Frank Teschemacher is on "Sobbin' Blues"; and Fats Waller sings and plays piano on "Dallas Blues" and "Royal Garden Blues." Lewis pops up here and there to sing choruses in his fey manner and to offer encouragement to the soloists. The result is some excellent early jazz music.