by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.
As an improviser, educator and an explorer of musical expression, George Lewis has become one of the significant contributors towards the respect and recognition Jazz is finally receiving as one of America's most notable and distinguished cultural achievements. He recently published what I consider to be one of the most critical books on Jazz and African American culture. I also consider the AACM to be the most culturally important group of artists that ever came together in the history of ...read more
by Kurt Gottschalk
George Lewis' electronic excursions have looked good on paper for years. However, for whatever reason, they have seemed a hard nut for the trombonist to crack in performance--but 2006 has been a good year for him. In April he presented a piece for jazz sextet plus his own laptop as a part of the New York AACM series that showed a new, cinematic side to his computer-driven composing; and in June he played a gorgeous electroacoustic duo with trumpeter Bill ...read more
by Nic Jones
On this evidence of his artistic journey, George Lewis could almost be two people. On the one hand, he is one of the most compelling trombone players out there, while on the other, he also explores the interface of electro-acoustic music with exceptional rigour and intelligence.
Over half of the music captured on Sequel is made up of the title piece, and in a sense it defines precisely what Lewis is all about. The ebb and flow of the music, ...read more
by Brian P. Lonergan
After a nearly twenty-year absence, trombonist George Lewis has recently returned to New York City to live and work as the Edwin H. Case Professor of Music at Columbia University. An active composer and improviser with a deep interest and vast experience in computer music, Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) for more than three decades and in 2002 was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is currently finishing a book on ...read more
by Derek Taylor
New Orleans jazz doesn’t get much more authentic than George Lewis and his New Orleans Stompers’ faithfully rendered brand of traditional merry-making. Lewis and his colleagues recorded dozens of albums in dozens of settings, but their sound always remained at the root incorruptible and in its own sweet way sentimentally ecstatic. This reissue is no different and the session, taped at the NBC studios in San Francisco, visits the Stompers in seminal form with the added bonus of clean fidelity. ...read more
by Dave Nathan
Bunk Johnson, the leader of the New Orleans traditional jazz revivalist movement passed away in 1949. With its leader gone along with many of the big bands and the emergence of bop, traditional jazz was pretty much hanging on by a thread and may have gone off the radar screen of the jazz loving public if it were not for the likes of George Lewis and those who appear with him on this album. This CD is made up of ...read more