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The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The second volume of Legacy's brilliant collection of Louis Armstrong's complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings reveals the transition from quintet to septet. The first four tunes have May Alix added on vocals, and then Harry Clark replaces Kid Ory, who briefly went off to start his own band. In May of 1927, however, John Thomas takes over the trombone chair, Baby Dodds joins on drums, and Pete Briggs on tuba to round out the septet. But the band changes to a tentet a few days later on a different session with Earl Hines on the piano and bass added to the mix as well as a second cornetist. The personnel changes were confusing during this era, but the music wasn't. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The second volume of Legacy's brilliant collection of Louis Armstrong's complete Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings reveals the transition from quintet to septet. The first four tunes have May Alix added on vocals, and then Harry Clark replaces Kid Ory, who briefly went off to start his own band. In May of 1927, however, John Thomas takes over the trombone chair, Baby Dodds joins on drums, and Pete Briggs on tuba to round out the septet. But the band changes to a tentet a few days later on a different session with Earl Hines on the piano and bass added to the mix as well as a second cornetist. The personnel changes were confusing during this era, but the music wasn't. The sound here developed into something so gloriously complex and rich that neither New Orleans nor anyone else had heard anything like it before. Duke Ellington, who was leading his first real band in 1927, was deeply enamored with these recordings -- especially "Wild Man Blues," "Chicago Breakdown," and "Melancholy." In September of that year, the original band reunited, bringing it back down to the Hot Five for the remainder of 1927 and, as such, on tracks such as "Ory's Creole Trombone," "The Last Time," and the amazing "Got No Blues." The sound quality is slightly better here in that there is a bit less hiss. The fidelity and integrity of the tracks themselves are nearly flawless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972430621
  • Catalog Number: 724306
  • Sales rank: 57,962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big Butter and Egg Man - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:00)
  2. 2 Sunset Cafe Stomp - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:45)
  3. 3 You Made Me Love You - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:54)
  4. 4 Irish Black Bottom - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (2:40)
  5. 5 Willie the Weeper - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:08)
  6. 6 Wild Man Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:11)
  7. 7 Chicago Breakdown - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:20)
  8. 8 Alligator Crawl - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:03)
  9. 9 Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:58)
  10. 10 Melancholy - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:03)
  11. 11 Weary Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:00)
  12. 12 Twelfth Street Rag - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:04)
  13. 13 Keyhole Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:29)
  14. 14 S.O.L. Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:54)
  15. 15 Gully Low Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:16)
  16. 16 That's When I'll Come Back to You - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (2:56)
  17. 17 Put 'Em Down Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:14)
  18. 18 Ory's Creole Trombone - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:05)
  19. 19 The Last Time - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:29)
  20. 20 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (3:06)
  21. 21 Got No Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:25)
  22. 22 Once in a While - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Cornet, Vocals
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Earl Hines Piano
Kid Ory Trombone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Guitar
Lil Armstrong Piano, Vocals
Boyd Atkins Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Baby Dodds Drums
Pete Briggs Tuba
Honore Dutrey Trombone
Tubby Hall Drums
Bill Wilson Cornet
May Alix Vocals
Joe Walker Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Rip Basset Banjo, Guitar
Harry Clark Trombone
Albert Washington Jr. Tenor Saxophone
John Thomas Trombone
Technical Credits
Gary Giddins Liner Notes
R.J. Jones Producer
Tommy Rockwell Producer
Carroll Dickerson Director
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Lily Lew Packaging Manager
William Butler Composer
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