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Unfortunate Blues

Ted Lewis & His Band


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Recorded in Chicago on December 4th 1923 featuring Walter Kahn and Dave Klein cornets, Harry Raderman trombone, Ted Lewis clarinet & director, Dick Reynolds piano, Harry Barth tuba, and John Lucas drums.

*"Unfortunate Blues" words and music by Henry Winston and Fred Ham.

Ted Lewis's band was second only to the Paul Whiteman in popularity during the 1920s, and arguably played more real Jazz with less pretension than Whiteman. His clarinet playing barely evolved beyond his style of 1919 which in later years would sound increasingly corny, and yet Lewis could actually play normally well displaying good tone and control with no missed notes. To make up for his lack of stylistic advancement from that of early Dixieland he began to employ clarinetists in his band who have included Don Murray, and both Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey, as well as Frank Teschemacher.

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