The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Best of the Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The recordings that Louis Armstrong cut with his Hot Five and Hot Seven units in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1920s are as important as any made in the history of recorded music. Not only did they establish Armstrong as a star performer; they brought the art of jazz improvisation, as personified by Louis, to wider public attention. For it’s on these monumental sides that the brilliant trumpeter and vocalist honed his skills as a bravura soloist. As stirring as the New Orleans-style ensemble work is throughout these performances, it’s Armstrong’s own horn work and scat singing that cuts right through, drawing full attention to his incomparable technique and high style ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The recordings that Louis Armstrong cut with his Hot Five and Hot Seven units in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1920s are as important as any made in the history of recorded music. Not only did they establish Armstrong as a star performer; they brought the art of jazz improvisation, as personified by Louis, to wider public attention. For it’s on these monumental sides that the brilliant trumpeter and vocalist honed his skills as a bravura soloist. As stirring as the New Orleans-style ensemble work is throughout these performances, it’s Armstrong’s own horn work and scat singing that cuts right through, drawing full attention to his incomparable technique and high style as an improvising artist. This collection skims the cream off the Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Fives and Sevens Recordings box set, gathering some of the very finest works of Armstrong’s staggeringly creative career. How do you sing the glories of such time-honored performances as “West End Blues,” “Heebie Jeebies,” “Muggles,” or “Wild Man Blues”? You can only hope that every citizen of the world who is serious about music has heard them.
All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
The most important musician of the century past has had a trumpet-load of retrospectives appear since the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2001, and few are more brisk, enjoyable, shot full of goofy energy, and essential than the remastered reissue of The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Hot Five and Seven Recordings box set. The box is four CDs of remastered, priceless 1925-1927 Chicago work when Armstrong cemented his reputation as a player, singer, and most of all, an innovator without equal. Now it's occurred to Legacy that not everyone can shell out the big buckaroonies for bountiful box sets, even for a bonanza of 79 recordings of this kind of history. So they've kindly edited it down to a single disc, distilled to a succinct and smartly chosen 18 rambles. The "Hot 5" originally Armstrong on trumpet; his wife, Lil Armstrong on piano; Johnny Dodds on clarinet; Kid Ory on trombone, and Johnny St. Cyr on banjo and "Hot 7" these five plus Pete Briggs on tuba and Baby Dodds on drums that set down this remarkable booty were his Windy City studio bands, a tremendous ensemble he didn't actually play with live -- despite having played with them going back to the 1922 King Oliver Band days, when he was second cornetist. Feeding off his missus' barrelhouse saloon playing and St. Cyr's rhythmic strumming when they didn't have Dodds' drums, the three horns interweaving off each other helped make New Orleans Dixieland jazz the "up" music that could never die, as the leader's unforgettable solos on "Strutting with Some Barbecue" and "Potato Head Blues" are, in a word, thrilling. The opening "Heebee Jeebees" greatly exposed the world to Armstrong's skat singing, his staple until his death in 1971. More generally, the group and his totally different 1928 "Hot Five" band, featuring his old, brilliant partner, Earl Hines, on piano set the standard for the form that remains to this day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974847229
  • Catalog Number: 748472
  • Sales rank: 10,155

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heebie Jeebies (2:53)
  2. 2 Muskrat Ramble (2:31)
  3. 3 King of the Zulus (3:04)
  4. 4 Jazz Lips (3:01)
  5. 5 Willie the Weeper (3:08)
  6. 6 Wild Man Blues (3:10)
  7. 7 Alligator Crawl (3:02)
  8. 8 Potato Head Blues (2:57)
  9. 9 Weary Blues (2:59)
  10. 10 Ory's Creole Trombone (3:04)
  11. 11 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (3:05)
  12. 12 West End Blues (3:20)
  13. 13 Squeeze Me (3:23)
  14. 14 Basin Street Blues (3:17)
  15. 15 Beau Koo Jack (3:00)
  16. 16 Muggles (2:52)
  17. 17 St. James Infirmary (3:13)
  18. 18 Tight Like This (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Earl Hines Piano, Vocals
Kid Ory Trombone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
Lil Armstrong Piano, Vocals
Baby Dodds Drums
Pete Briggs Tuba
Jimmy Strong Clarinet
Fred Robinson Trombone
Mancy Carr Banjo, Vocals
John Thomas Trombone
Clarence Babcock Vocals
Technical Credits
Earl Hines Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
King Oliver Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Gene Anderson Contributor
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Boyd Atkins Composer
Langston Curl Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Don Raye Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Clarence Williams Composer
Michael Brooks Liner Notes
Tommy Rockwell Producer
Herbert Stothart Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Ray Gilbert Composer
Artie Matthews Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Douglas Grabowski Package Manager
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