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Complete Louis Armstrong, Vol. 4: West End Blues 1926-1928

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Between November 1926 and December 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded about 67 titles as leader, sideman, and accompanist. Vol. 4 in Fremeaux's exhaustively complete Louis Armstrong series follows his footsteps as he recorded for OKeh, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia, and Odeon, leading his Hot Four, Five, and Seven as well as his Stompers and his Savoy Ballroom Five. Armstrong's resilient diversity is prominently displayed in high relief as he is heard sitting in with Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards, Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, and Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra, or providing artful and passionate accompaniments for Bertha "Chippie" Hill, Sippie Wallace, Lillie Delk...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Between November 1926 and December 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded about 67 titles as leader, sideman, and accompanist. Vol. 4 in Fremeaux's exhaustively complete Louis Armstrong series follows his footsteps as he recorded for OKeh, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia, and Odeon, leading his Hot Four, Five, and Seven as well as his Stompers and his Savoy Ballroom Five. Armstrong's resilient diversity is prominently displayed in high relief as he is heard sitting in with Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards, Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, and Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra, or providing artful and passionate accompaniments for Bertha "Chippie" Hill, Sippie Wallace, Lillie Delk Christian, and Hociel Thomas, whose November 1925 recording of "Sunshine Baby" was chucked into this volume in order to correct a previous omission in the series, prompting the producers to apologize for a "muddled chronology" that jumps all over the place anyway in order to stack 11 Hot Seven recordings at the beginning of disc two. The inclusion of Chippie, Sippie, Lillie, and Hociel makes this a special treat for those who want to contemplate Armstrong's fascinating abilities as an improvising partner for vocalists. Chippie's punchiest number is "Mess, Katie, Mess" and Sippie is heard at her most relaxed and powerful on "Lazy Man Blues." The other two singers have been criticized, ridiculed, belittled, and even reviled by critics and historians who really ought to place their refined egos on mothballs and listen to these women with courtesy and open-mindedness. Hociel Thomas was the daughter of pianist and composer George Washington Thomas, Jr. and the niece of both pianist Hersal Thomas and the aforementioned Sippie Wallace (née Beulah Thomas). Rather than harping about whether or not she had perfect pitch, one ought to listen with the heart and get onto Hociel's wonderful organic wavelength. Because Lillie Delk Christian sang in a sweet and often delicate and sentimental manner, certain boorish commentators sling mud at her memory, including David Nevers, who in his otherwise helpful liner notes cruelly describes her as "abominable and bleating." Sympathetic ears will accept her as a pop singer who sang pretty songs with superb accompaniments by Louis Armstrong, who clearly appreciated her voice and did everything in his power to support it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Fremeaux & Assoc. Fr
  • EAN: 3561302135427
  • Catalog Number: 1354

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Made Me Love You - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:58)
  2. 2 Irish Black Bottom - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:45)
  3. 3 Pleadin' for the Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (3:04)
  4. 4 Pratt City Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (2:53)
  5. 5 Mess, Katie, Mess - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (2:50)
  6. 6 Lovesick Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (3:18)
  7. 7 Lonesome Weary Blues - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (3:11)
  8. 8 Easy Come, Easy Go Blues (2:37)
  9. 9 The Blues Stampede (2:38)
  10. 10 I'm Goin' Huntin' (2:57)
  11. 11 If You Want to Be My Sugar Papa (2:35)
  12. 12 Weary Blues - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (2:51)
  13. 13 New Orleans Stomp - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (2:47)
  14. 14 Wild Man Blues - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (3:06)
  15. 15 Wild Man Blues - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (3:06)
  16. 16 Melancholy - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (3:10)
  17. 17 Melancholy - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (3:22)
  18. 18 Dead Drunk Blues (3:16)
  19. 19 Have You Ever Been Done? (3:05)
  20. 20 Lazy Man Blues (3:15)
  21. 21 The Flood Blues (3:21)
  22. 22 Chicago Breakdown - Louis Armstrong & His Stompers (3:31)
  23. 23 Sunshine Baby - Hociel Thomas (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Willie the Weeper - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:16)
  2. 2 Wild Man Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:19)
  3. 3 Alligator Crawl - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:06)
  4. 4 Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:03)
  5. 5 Melancholy Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:12)
  6. 6 Weary Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:08)
  7. 7 Twelfth Street Rag - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:14)
  8. 8 Keyhole Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:38)
  9. 9 S.O.L. Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:02)
  10. 10 Gully Low Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:27)
  11. 11 That's When I'll Come Back to You - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:59)
  12. 12 Put 'Em Down Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:15)
  13. 13 Ory's Creole Trombone - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:14)
  14. 14 The Last Time - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:30)
  15. 15 Struttin' with Some Barbecue (3:07)
  16. 16 Got No Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:25)
  17. 17 Once in a While - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:16)
  18. 18 I'm Not Rough - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:04)
  19. 19 Hotter Than That - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:05)
  20. 20 Savoy Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:32)
  21. 21 You're a Real Sweetheart - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Four (3:10)
  22. 22 Was It a Dream? - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Four (2:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Too Busy - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Four (2:55)
  2. 2 Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Four (3:09)
  3. 3 Fireworks - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:11)
  4. 4 Skip the Gutter - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:08)
  5. 5 A Monday Date - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:13)
  6. 6 Don't Jive Me - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:48)
  7. 7 West End Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:24)
  8. 8 Sugar Foot Strut (3:22)
  9. 9 Two Deuces - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:57)
  10. 10 Squeeze Me - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:24)
  11. 11 Knee Drops - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:26)
  12. 12 Symphonic Raps (3:12)
  13. 13 Savoyager's Stomp (3:06)
  14. 14 No (No, Papa, No) - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:57)
  15. 15 Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:20)
  16. 16 No One Else But You - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:27)
  17. 17 Beau Koo Jack - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:06)
  18. 18 Save It, Pretty Mama - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:19)
  19. 19 Muggles - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (2:52)
  20. 20 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Lillie Delk Christian (3:24)
  21. 21 Baby - Lillie Delk Christian (2:56)
  22. 22 Sweethearts on Parade - Lillie Delk Christian (3:08)
  23. 23 I Must Have That Man - Lillie Delk Christian (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Leader, Vocals, Accompaniment
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Joe Louis Walker Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Dodds Clarinet, Leader
Earl Hines Piano, Vocals
Kid Ory Trombone
Jimmie Noone Clarinet
Zutty Singleton Drums
Jimmy Blythe Piano
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Guitar
Boyd Atkins Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Baby Dodds Drums
Jimmy Bertrand Washboard
Pete Briggs Tuba
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Homer Hobson Trumpet
R.J. Jones Piano
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
Bill Wilson Trumpet
Hersal Thomas Piano
Bertha "Chippie" Hill Vocals
Hociel Thomas Vocals
Mancy Carr Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Artie Starks Clarinet
Rip Basset Banjo, Guitar
Daniel Nevers Musical Direction
George W. Thomas Piano
Lillie Delk Christian Vocals
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson Trombone
John Albert Thomas Trombone
Technical Credits
Irving Mills Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Carroll Dickerson Director
J.P. Johnson Composer
Patrick Frémeaux Concept
Daniel Nevers Text
Maurice Abrahams Composer
Frank Biggs Composer
Laure Wright Adaptation
Claude Colombini Concept
Henry Myers Composer
Charles Schwab Composer
R.M. Jones Composer
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