Solo Trombone Record
Sackville SK 3012
In 1976 George Lewis' association with Muhal Richard Abrams and the AACM led to recordings with Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton and a tour with Count Basie. Gradually his startling musicianship – the time-honored jazz virtues of a mellow tone and driving sense of rhythm, harnessed to a soaring imagination and technique – became known to a growing number of listeners. Lewis came to play at A Space in Toronto – his first solo concert – and record this album. On "Toneburst (Piece for Three Trombones Simultaneously)", Lewis overdubbed all three trombone parts in the studio. The rest is solo. Solo horn albums have a curious ambience, inherent in the perfect clarity with which they reveal a performer’s abilities. In this setting this amazing musician revealed himself as a unique solo voice.