GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE)

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George E. Lewis (born 13th July,1952 in Chicago) is a trombone player, composer, and scholar in the fields of jazz and experimental music. He has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, and is a pioneer of computer music. Lewis graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy. In the 1970s, he succeeded Rhys Chatham as the music director of The Kitchen. Since 2004, he has served as a professor at Columbia University in New York City, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego. Lewis is married to koto player Miya Masaoka. They have a son together. In 2002 Lewis received a MacArthur Fellowship. In addition to his own recordings, he has recorded or performed with musicians including Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, Laurie Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Count Basie, Gil Evans, Nicole Mitchell, Karl E. H. read more...
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GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) The George Lewis Solo Trombone Record album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The George Lewis Solo Trombone Record
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) George Lewis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) George Lewis / Douglas Ewart album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis / Douglas Ewart
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Homage to Charles Parker album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Homage to Charles Parker
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Chicago Slow Dance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chicago Slow Dance
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Voyager album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Voyager
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Changing With the Times album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Changing With the Times
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) George E. Lewis, Bertram Turetzky ‎: Conversations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George E. Lewis, Bertram Turetzky ‎: Conversations
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) George Lewis, Miya Masaoka : The Usual Turmoil And Other Duets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis, Miya Masaoka : The Usual Turmoil And Other Duets
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) The Shadowgraph Series: Composition For Creative Orchestra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Shadowgraph Series: Composition For Creative Orchestra
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Sour Mash album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sour Mash
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) The Monash Art Ensemble / George Lewis : Hexis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Monash Art Ensemble / George Lewis : Hexis
Third Stream 2014
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester : Creative Construction Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester : Creative Construction Set
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Assemblage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Assemblage
Third Stream 2017

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GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Endless Shout album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Endless Shout
Third Stream 2000
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Sequel (For Lester Bowie) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sequel (For Lester Bowie)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Les Exercices Spirituels album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Les Exercices Spirituels
Third Stream 2011
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) George Lewis / International Contemporary Ensemble :  The Will to Adorn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis / International Contemporary Ensemble : The Will to Adorn
Third Stream 2017
GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) George Lewis / Roscoe Mitchell : Voyage And Homecoming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Lewis / Roscoe Mitchell : Voyage And Homecoming
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) The Complete Rematered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Rematered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012

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GEORGE LEWIS (TROMBONE) Homage to Charles Parker

Album · 1979 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Trombonist,composer and Columbia University professor George Lewis isn't well known jazz musician, at least - really less known than he should be. AACM member from 1971,he played with everyone from Anthony Braxton to John Zorn, but as he once said in his interview "trombonists aren't a jazz stars".

Even between Chicago advanced jazz fans he is usually known by his solo trombone debut album, at he same time his "Homage To Charles Parker" somehow didn't receive enough attention (fortunately reissued on CD but by Italian Black Saint labels in early 90s - not the best time in label's existence history,so it's far not easy find). Probably its obscurity is one of a reason why this masterpiece isn't better known.

Recorded in very late 70s during quartet European tour,this album contains just two compositions. First simply titled "Blues" is almost 18 minutes long free form improvisation which could be the blues from parallel world. Lewis' rhythm-less quartet of two reedists(Lewis himself on tenor trombone and bass clarinetist Douglas Ewart),pianist Anthony Davis and Moogs wizard Richard Teitelbaum plays cosmic mini-suite based on almost psychedelic ambient synthesizers tunes with some bluesy reeds insertions,sometimes dreamy,in moments very free,but always beautiful. It's obvious that as tribute to Parker,this music doesn't use his music directly, more it tries to deliver the atmosphere of his music and of his time in general.Differently from some earlier Teitelbaum works, his musicianship here doesn't contain even traces of synths possibilities exploration against the musical content. Probably at late 70s initial fascination with the technology's opportunities is already gone and artist concentrates mostly on music.

Second and the last album's composition,"Homage To Charles Parker" (where Douglas Ewart switches to alto saxophone) is eight seconds longer than the opener. It contains more reeds(and as a result has more "jazzy" sound)and no interpretations of Parker material again.Darker and more influenced by academic music (in AACM tradition), this composition is dedicated to Parker's afterlife.It's darker, less ambient and is closer to contemporary creative music (or academic chamber and free improvisations hybrid).

In all, this album is one excellent example of breeding different musical genres in one without being eclectic or quirky and with accessible and intriguing final result. Years later Lewis revitalized this music for live performance in The Kitchen (with Davis Richards but also Matana Roberts, Reggie Nicholson, and Amina Claudine Myers). Still it stays comparatively unknown and it's a pity - this album could occupy a honorable place in advanced jazz pantheon of fame.

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