George Lewis – Jazz Funeral at New Orleans


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Release Date:  2014

Label:  Hallmark Music


Track List

  1. When The Saints Go Marching In
  2. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  3. Down By The Riverside
  4. Burgundy Street Blues
  5. Ice Cream
  6. Panama
  7. Doctor Jazz
  8. Lou-Easy-An-I-A



Banjo – Lawrence Marrero
Bass – Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau
Clarinet – George Lewis
Drums – Joe Watkins
Piano – Alton Purnell
Trombone – Jim Robinson
Trumpet – Avery “Kid” Howard



This CD is a classic, one of the greatest sessions ever by clarinetist George Lewis. The title is somewhat misleading, for “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” is the only funeral song included on the date, and there is nothing somber about any of the joyful music. Trumpeter/vocalist Kid Howard sounds in top form; the consistent trombonist Jim Robinson is an asset in the ensembles, as usual; the rhythm section really drives the group, and clarinetist Lewis often seems to be quite exuberant. Their version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” is definitive, and other highlights include “Ice Cream” and “Panama.” This set of prime New Orleans jazz music belongs in every serious jazz collection.


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