George Lewis

New Orleans Stompers, Vol. 1

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In 1994, American Records released a CD that is designed to please individuals who are deeply devoted to the life and work of clarinetist George Lewis. Five selections recorded in a room on St. Philip Street in New Orleans on May 15, 1943, are followed by multiple takes of those titles along with several other old-fashioned melodies, recorded on the following day inside of the Gypsy Tea Room on St. Ann Street. For the St. Philip Street session, George Lewis & His New Orleans Stompers included trombonist Jim Robinson, banjoist Lawrence Marrero, drummer Edgar Mosley, and a tuba player named Jim Little. The Gypsy Tea Room band added trumpeter Kid Howard and substituted bassist Chester Zardis for the tuba man. Selections from these sessions were released on the Climax and Blue Note labels. The music is vibrant, good-natured, and very easy to get with.