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Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 1
     

Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 1

by Louis Armstrong
 
With superior transfers by British music engineer John R.T. Davies, this JSP reissue of the first 25 sides by Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Hot Sevens is a first-choice disc for newcomers, while also being a very worthwhile purchase for the discriminating fan. Columbia's more

Overview

With superior transfers by British music engineer John R.T. Davies, this JSP reissue of the first 25 sides by Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Hot Sevens is a first-choice disc for newcomers, while also being a very worthwhile purchase for the discriminating fan. Columbia's more high-profile, yet poorly remastered early Armstrong releases are muddy and limp sounding in comparison. Studio discrepancies aside, these records represent one of highest achievements in jazz and all of music for that matter. Armstrong's brash and advanced trumpet playing transformed jazz from the somewhat stilted ensemble polyphony of New Orleans to the fluid art of the improvising soloist, paving the way for the advances of swing and bebop and sparking the equally bold conceptions of future jazz luminaries Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker. And although these Chicago recordings (1925-1926) do not include later milestones like "West End Blues" and "Weather Bird," there's plenty here in the way of Armstrong's innovations: his stop-time solo on "Cornet Chop Suey" and the early scat singing on "Heebie Jeebies." And beyond textbook considerations, there's Armstrong's infectious spoken commentary and vocals on "Gut Bucket Blues" and "Big Butter and Egg Man From the West," not to mention his joyous trumpet exclamations on "Yes, I'm in the Barrel" and "Muskrat Rumble." Topped off with fine contributions by Hot Five regulars clarinetist Johnny Dodds, trombonist Kid Ory, pianist and wife at the time Lil Armstrong, and banjo player Johnny St. Cyr, this Armstrong release is not to be missed. Essential music for any record collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/1998
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065301224
catalogNumber:
312

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Vocals,Slide Whistle
Johnny Dodds   Alto,Clarinet
Kid Ory   Trombone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo
Butterbeans & Susie   Track Performer
Lil Armstrong   Piano,Vocals
Susie Hawthorne   Vocals
May Alix   Vocals
Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars   Track Performer
Jody "Butterbeans" Edwards   Vocals
Clarence Babcock   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part

Technical Credits

Kid Ory   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
J. Edwards   Composer
Charles Fox   Liner Notes
Lil Hardin   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Max Jones   Photo Courtesy
Percy Venable   Composer
Edward "Kid" Ory   Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer

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