George Lewis – The George Lewis 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.