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Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Vol. 1
     

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

by Louis Armstrong
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972419022
catalogNumber:
724190
Rank:
87401

Tracks

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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