Meade "Lux" Lewis

Swing Era

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Meade Lux Lewis only appears on three clips out of the 28 clips on this DVD, but his stuff is so good that it can be recommended on that basis alone, as he romps and stomps on a trio of superb boogie-woogie numbers, mostly performance clips -- though even the one conceptual clip is so delightful as to earn an unqualified recommendation. And the rest is even better, including the intense Maurice Rocco doing "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" and "Rhum Boogie" (where he looks like Little Richard), the whirling and gyrating (almost snakelike) dervish that was Gene Rogers at the piano, the subdued Lynn Albritton working the ivories on "Backstage Blues," and the demented Jerry Lee Lewis-like Harry "The Hipster" Gibson pounding his way through "Opus 12 Eee" with a quintet of dancers made almost invisible by his playing. Robert Crum's athletic fingerwork is followed by Ray Sinatra & His Orchestra, and then viewers get a girl band, Thelma White & Her Orchestra, doing "Hollywood Boogie," and that leads to a searing quartet of live tracks from Amos Milburn. Trumpet man Jimmy Brown steps out in front of the Paul Williams band for "My Love Is True," and the legendary R&B group the Clovers appear, backed by the Williams band, doing signature tunes such as "Lovey Dovey," while the Larks, backed by the same band, deliver "Without a Song" in a soaring yet smooth rendition that any serious R&B vocal fan will have to own.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
feat: Gene Rodgers
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
feat: Amos Milburn
16
feat: Amos Milburn
17
feat: Amos Milburn
18
feat: Amos Milburn
19
feat: Jimmy Brown
20
feat: The Clovers
21
feat: The Clovers
22
feat: The Clovers
23
feat: The Clovers
24
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27
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