The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Legacy has seen fit -- and rightfully so -- to issue the complete recordings of Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Seven as individual volumes instead of just a box set. This is a solid way to go for collectors trying to fill holes. It's also the best way for a beginner, not only with Armstrong's music but that of early-recorded jazz, to become acquainted with the development of improvisation in the music. Volume 1 concentrates on the Hot Five material from 1925 and 1926. The first band included Armstrong, Kid Ory on trombone, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, pianist Lil Hardin, and banjo boss Johnny St. Cyr. These 20 recordings were made for the Okeh label. The blues model on which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Legacy has seen fit -- and rightfully so -- to issue the complete recordings of Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Seven as individual volumes instead of just a box set. This is a solid way to go for collectors trying to fill holes. It's also the best way for a beginner, not only with Armstrong's music but that of early-recorded jazz, to become acquainted with the development of improvisation in the music. Volume 1 concentrates on the Hot Five material from 1925 and 1926. The first band included Armstrong, Kid Ory on trombone, Johnny Dodds on clarinet, pianist Lil Hardin, and banjo boss Johnny St. Cyr. These 20 recordings were made for the Okeh label. The blues model on which all of these tunes were based is extrapolated upon and remade in the image of first the ensemble and then in the image of the soloist. From "My Heart" and the amazing "Oriental Strut" to "Lonesome Blues," to "Come Back Sweet Papa," to the introduction of scat singing in Lil Hardin's "Skid-Dat-De Dat," the exuberance and professionalism just drip from these tunes. But notions of harmonic invention are also present, places where the soloist slips outside the changes and moves toward reaching a musical unity with the ensemble by whatever means necessary as long as it swung. The sound here is as good as it gets for the time, and after one or two listens, the hiss is barely recognizable. What's important is the fidelity of the music, and it's excellent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972419022
  • Catalog Number: 724190
  • Sales rank: 80,650

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Heart (2:25)
  2. 2 Yes! I'm in the Barrel (2:39)
  3. 3 Gut Bucket Blues (2:42)
  4. 4 Come Back, Sweet Papa (2:28)
  5. 5 Georgia Grind (2:34)
  6. 6 Heebie Jeebies (2:54)
  7. 7 Cornet Chop Suey (2:57)
  8. 8 Oriental Strut (3:02)
  9. 9 You're Next (3:16)
  10. 10 Muskrat Ramble (2:32)
  11. 11 Don't Forget to Mess Around (3:03)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Gitcha (2:45)
  13. 13 Droppin' Shucks (2:52)
  14. 14 Who'sit (2:46)
  15. 15 King of the Zulus (3:05)
  16. 16 Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa (3:00)
  17. 17 Lonesome Blues (3:04)
  18. 18 Sweet Little Papa (2:45)
  19. 19 Jazz Lips (3:02)
  20. 20 Skid-Dat-De-Dat (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Cornet, Vocals, Swanee (Slide Whistle)
Johnny Dodds Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory Trombone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
Lil Armstrong Piano, Vocals
Clarence Babcock Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Paul Barbarin Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Luis Russell Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Johnny St. Cyr Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Boyd Atkins Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Gary Giddins Liner Notes
Lil Hardin Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
R. Gilbert Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
Edward "Kid" Ory Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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