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6689Bunk Johnson and George Lewis

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  • Mordechai Litzman
    Feb 18 9:51 AM
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      Hello Yves (and anyone else)
      I have always tried to look for a link between the 40's recordings of Bunk & George and earlier NO recordings. Did Bunk & George come up with something new, or did they improve on an older style?
      There is a recording from March 1927 with Louis Dumaine's Jazzola Eight of Franklin Street Blues, that to my ears sound somewhat similar to the style of the American Music recordings of the 40's. If so, there is a link, and they developed an earlier style of NO jazz.
      What do you think? (Available on RHJA) [Bunk recorded this tune as well].

      From: yves francois <aprestitine@...>
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 8:54:48 AM
      Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: The Anxiety of Influence was The Influence of Anxiety

      hello Mordechai (and everyone else)
      ...probably some the greatest traditional jazz ever recorded, right along with the CJB IMHO, the best of the AM Bunk Johnson's is (along with the sensational Jazz Information session) amongst the best music ever recorded IMHO, and I agree, the long blues (both the ones I know) is a fantastic recording !! Indeed I played it twice last week, in fact.
      George and Bunk are both originals, and what does anyone think about the possibilities that both of their playing may of been influenced by playing outside of NOLA itself in Southern Louisiana (indeed remember Bunk did not live in NOLA much after the teens,George did play gigs in the near territories like Bunk, but I believe he usually lived in NO, he did play with some of the same musicians from the Banner band et all)

      PS did anyone privately record the Banner band that we know of?

      --- On Tue, 2/17/09, Mordechai Litzman <folke613@yahoo. com> wrote:

      From: Mordechai Litzman <folke613@yahoo. com>
      Subject: Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: The Anxiety of Influence was The Influence of Anxiety
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogro ups.com
      Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 12:19 PM

      Just put on my favorite blues with Bunk & George. It is 9 min long and recorded 8/4/44 (American Music AMCD-12)and is called "Long Blues" (or just "Blues" on other reissues). Man, this is blues at its best. Yes, George Lewis sings the blues on his clarinet. I don't know which recording Hadlock is referring to, but on these 1994-45 recordings the band has a terrific feeling for the blues.

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      From: David Brown <johnhaleysims@ yahoo.co. uk>
      To: RedHotJazz@yahoogro ups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 4:21:50 AM
      Subject: RE: [RedHotJazz] Re: The Anxiety of Influence was The Influence of Anxiety

      Thanks John for the Dodds genius quote and for pointing out that he should
      not be typed as a blues player.

      The large majority of the repertoire of the CJB, which you mention, is not

      I think the race records for which he was hired in the 20s required him to
      concentrate on blues.

      The South Side Clubs he played in the 20s and 30s were almost exclusively
      white and I suspect that his repertoire there would have included much more
      contemporary popular music.

      By the definition of genius I quoted, the ability 'to give scope for every
      mood and inclination' surely Dodds would well qualify for I find every
      emotion in his work from skipping joy to profound melancholy.

      I just read Richard Hadlock on George and he opines that in a band including
      Bunk :-

      ' none of the men on this record have much feeling for blues -- when Lewis's
      clarinet 'sings' it is a song not blues -- '

      Can we hear what he means ?

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