Personnel: George Lewis (clarinet); Laurence Marrero (banjo); Elmer "Coo Coo" Talbert, Kid Howard, Percy Humphrey (trumpet); Jim Robinson (trombone); Alton Purnell (piano); Joe Watkins (drums).
Liner Note Authors: George H. Buck, Jr.; Barry Martyn.
Recording information: Parisian Room, New Orleans, LA (08/15/1949-09/30/1950).
Clarinetist George Lewis and trumpeter Elmer Talbert first worked together as members of drummer Arnold DePass' Olympia Brass Band back in 1929 on the streets of New Orleans, LA. Talbert gigged and recorded regularly with Lewis during the years 1949-1950, blowing his horn and singing the words to old-time melodies with an earthy passion that sometimes rose to crescendos of thunderous gruffness. In 2007, American Music sewed together rare recordings of the George Lewis band with Elmer Talbert recorded at six different locations, including the Parisian Room at 116 Royal Street, a recording studio on Rampart Street, and WDSU radio's broadcasting facility, where the band entertained listeners on the Dixieland Jambake program. Talbert uses his voice on "Down by the Riverside," "Mama Don't Allow," and "Bye and Bye." These uncommon recordings have been carefully remastered and will warm the hearts of all who enjoy straightforward traditional New Orleans jazz without any frills. Further evidence of the Lewis/Talbert working friendship has been made available on American Music's At Herbert Otto's Party (1949) and Storyville's Jam Sessions. ~ arwulf arwulf