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Barrel House Piano

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Meade Lux Lewis was recorded in spurts during his musical career. This record features Lewis on a metallic-sounding honky tonk piano, accompanied by an unidentified guitarist and bassist. This gives the album a very dated sound that makes it less desirable than if he had recorded the same tracks on a normal piano. Boogie-woogie aficionados will find desirable material such as Lewis' revival of his "Six Wheel Chaser," tho once popular but now nearly forgotten standards "Jada" and "Darktown Strutters Ball," and enjoyable versions of "Bugle Call Rag" and "St. Louis Blues." Although reissued as an LP by Everest and in 1994 as a Jasmine release under the same title, only the original record has all sixteen tracks; six are omitted from the later releases.

Biography

Born: 04 September 1905 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

One of the three great boogie-woogie pianists (along with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson) whose appearance at John Hammond's 1938 Spirituals to Swing concert helped start the boogie-woogie craze, Meade "Lux" Lewis was a powerful if somewhat limited player. He played regularly in Chicago in the late '20s and his one solo record of the time, "Honky Tonk Train Blues" (1927), was considered a classic. However, other than a few sides backing little-known blues singers, Lewis gained little extra work and...
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Barrel House Piano, Meade "Lux" Lewis
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  • 5,99 €
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 1992

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