George Lewis

In Stockholm 1959

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This is one of the best sessions of clarinetist George Lewis' later years. A Stockholm concert recorded in 1959, features Lewis' regular group of 1959 -- trumpeter Avery "Kid" Howard, trombonist Jim Robinson, clarinetist George Lewis, pianist Joseph Robichaux, bassist Slow Drag Pavageau, and drummer Joe Watkins. The first half of the set in particular finds all of the musicians in top form, although trumpeter Howard's playing starts getting ragged by the halfway point. Lewis is heard near the peak of his powers on such songs as "Should I," "Burgundy Street Blues," an uptempo "Red Wing," "Runnin' Wild," and "Milenburg Joys." The enthusiastic crowd sounds understandably pleased by the results. This is an easily recommended set of New Orleans jazz.

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