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Webster Lewis: In Norway - The Club7 Live Tapes (2xLP, 2007)

Plastic Strip PSPLP701; Jazzaggression Records JALP701

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Price: EUR 13.00

Recorded live at Club 70, Oslo, Norway July 30-31, 1971. "Good evening ladies and gentlemen to Club7 -  bringing you the finest in Jazz, Funk and Soul in all of Norway and indeed Scandinavia.  Tonight we have something very special for you...Webster Lewis and the Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra Baby!!"

The cover is graded VG because of a 5cm seam split on top. The vinyl is strictly graded with some very light paper scuffs to the surface that doesn't affect play much, and a small mark on side D that causes a very light tick a few seconds. Plays mostly EX, perhaps even mostly NM.

Grading cover: VG | Grading vinyl: VG+

"Some of Webster Lewis' earliest work can be found on a live recording release titled Webster Lewis In Norway: The Club7 Live Tapes. This collection of live recordings came when the keyboardist and his short-lived group at the time, The Post-Pop, Space Rock, Be-Bop, Gospel Tabernackle Chorus and Orchestra BABY!, performed a couple of dates in Norway during the summer of 1971. This nicely recorded live album marks the only material released by this group during their very short existence. The entire record has a very funky spaced-out groove throughout, which is led by the electric piano and organ playing of Lewis. The album definitely sounds like something that would have been released off a label like Strata-East or Black Jazz Records." (Village Dance Radio)

Also known as the more conventional Webster Lewis Quintet, they recorded this album over a Friday and Saturday night in a club in Oslo, Norway 1971.  It was mixed and cut over the next few days by Webster Lewis and Jan-Erik (Kongshaug - ECM) before the band left on the Tuesday. The result is nothing short of spectacular.  Every track on the record (although I have to go buy the CD now as I recently found out there's more material on it) is jazz of the highest caliber ... Do You Believe alt. Version moves and sounds like nothing I've heard;  It opens with the soft organ stabs of Webster's Hammond, followed promptly by the beat of the incomparable Jimmy Hopps.  Out from the darkness comes the ever-soulful voice of Judd Watkins crooning with the question "Do You Believe?".  It's only 1 minute into a 17 minute track and Brother Watkins, I believe! It's essentially as Gospel track, rooted in Jazz, but is Jazz allowed to be so damn funky?" (Futureproof)

Webster Lewis: In Norway - The Club7 Live Tapes

Webster Lewis: In Norway - The Club7 Live Tapes

Webster Lewis: In Norway - The Club7 Live Tapes