George Lewis – Hello Central…Give Me Doctor Jazz
Delmark DD 201
Compact Disc (2001)
This album contains definitive 1953 recordings of clarinetist George Lewis who led the most authentic New Orleans jazz band. It’s a sound that led via English Skiffle groups to Rock music of the ’60s. It’s a New Orleans Brass Band that’s come inside to play with a full rhythm section. It’s relevant in spite of the vintage. It’s Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, Pop before Rock. It struts and it stomps. Here’s the first studio recordings of the George Lewis New Orleans Band which toured colleges, clubs and festivals and brought the sound, later settled-in at Preservation Hall, of jazz’s first beginnings.