WEBSTER LEWIS LIVE IN NORWAY - THE CLUB7 LIVE TAPES
Plastic Strip Press and Jazzaggression Records are proud to present this 2 CD/2 LP release of the Webster Lewis and the Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra BABY!! Live at Club 7 2LP released by Arne Bendiksen in 1972. This original 2 LP has become a holy grail for soul and jazz collectors all over the world and includes the dance floor classics It´s your thing and Do you believe that has been sampled by various hip-hop and electronica bands.
PSP and JA have gotten exclusive access from Arne Bendiksen AS to the complete studiotapes recorded during 2 nights at the legendary Club 7 in Oslo with over 10 hours of music in total. We have found the complete photo series taken by Svein Kojan during the Club 7 concert and the release also includes in depth linernotes based on an interview done with the producer of the Live at Club 7 record Hallvard Kvåle.
Webster Lewis had been active in the late 60´s in the jazz and soul scene in Boston and had formed a band with saxophone players Stan Strickland and Bobby Greene, singer Judd Watkins and drummer Jimmy Hopps called the Webster Lewis Quintet. When Webster`s teacher at the New England Conservatory of music, George Russell , was commissioned to write a work to be performed at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Russell put as a term to bring over some of his musicians from Boston to form the core of the band. Hence Webster and his band got airplane tickets to Norway.
Finished in Kongsberg the band went to live in Oslo doing some jams in a typically lazy Oslo summer. At one of the jam sessions Attila Horvath, the chief of Club 7 heard the band and booked them to play the club from the 25 to the 31 of July. The coming Friday and Saturday 30-31 July it was recorded over 10 hours of material of music, three regular sets plus two encores both nights and Attila held the Club opened illegally long after closing hours. These sessions are still viewed as a historic happening on the Norwaegian jazz scene. The record Live at Club 7 came out early January 1972. But the band had made such an impression on the Norwegian crowd that they came back to Norway the summer of 1972. This time around Jimmy Hopps stayed behind in Norway for a year and formed a quartet with Jan Garbarek, Calle Neumann and Arild Andersen and Hopps also played with the Svein Finnerud Trio. Webster and the band continued to play European jazz festivals for 11 years.
Webster Lewis later became a successful producer, arranger and solo artist working with Barry White, Herbie Hancock, Fred Wesley and Gwen McRae. Jimmy Hopps recorded and played with Pharaoh Sanders and Charles Tolliver while Judd Watkins collaborated with Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Stan Strickland went on to play with Yuseef Lateef, Marlena Shaw and recorded with Brute Force. Webster Lewis passed away on the 20th of November 2002.
The first disc presents for the first time the whole original double LP Live at Club 7. The second disc contains only unreleased music from the Club 7 sessions with alternative versions of Do you believe, It`s your thing and 5 new compositions including the killer groover Up on the roof. The 2 LP only contains the unreleased material.
Since Webster and Hallvard wanted Live at Club 7 as a 4 LP release, but had to settle for 2, we are proud to release these unique recordings of uplifting and spiritual jazz mixed with gospel, Latin and soul. Or better labeled by the band themselves: Post-pop, space-rock, be-bop, gospel tabernacle chorus and orchestra BABY!