George Lewis

With Papa Bue's Viking Jazz Band

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New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis teamed up with trombonist Papa Bue Jensen's Copenhagen-based Dixieland band for an LP in 1959 that has been reissued on this CD, along with five previously unreleased alternate takes. Lewis sounds a bit erratic in spots, slipping in and out of tune, and Jensen's band (which includes trumpeter Finn Otto Hansen and Jorgen Svare on second clarinet) was not as strong as it would become. The music, which includes "The Old Rugged Cross," "Listen To the Mocking Bird," "Isle of Capri" and "Salutation March," is full of spirit but not essential.

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