The Music of Lil Hardin Armstrong

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Lillette Jenkins is a little-known but reasonably talented pianist/vocalist who makes her debut as a leader on this CD. However, this set is much less about Jenkins as it is about Lil Hardin Armstrong and her music. Chris Albertson's liner notes shed a great deal of light on Hardin's later life. Fourteen of Armstrong's songs are explored by four different groups on the well-conceived project, including such numbers as "Hotter Than That," "Struttin' with Some Barbeque," "Two Deuces," "Just for a Thrill," "Born to Swing," and "Brown Gal." Five songs are performed by an octet that includes trumpeter Glenn Zottola, trombonist Dan Barrett, Bob Wilber on clarinet and soprano, and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Lillette Jenkins is a little-known but reasonably talented pianist/vocalist who makes her debut as a leader on this CD. However, this set is much less about Jenkins as it is about Lil Hardin Armstrong and her music. Chris Albertson's liner notes shed a great deal of light on Hardin's later life. Fourteen of Armstrong's songs are explored by four different groups on the well-conceived project, including such numbers as "Hotter Than That," "Struttin' with Some Barbeque," "Two Deuces," "Just for a Thrill," "Born to Swing," and "Brown Gal." Five songs are performed by an octet that includes trumpeter Glenn Zottola, trombonist Dan Barrett, Bob Wilber on clarinet and soprano, and Anti Sarpilla on clarinet and alto. Wilber has two features with the rhythm section. Jenkins is put in the spotlight with the trio, singing "Just for a Thrill" and romping on "Lil's Boogie." And Armstrong's swing-era songs are interpreted by a septet with trumpeter Doc Cheatham, tenorman Buddy Tate, Wilber, and guitarist Howard Alden. The program is rounded out by a 10-and-a-half-minute "Jazz Speak" that has Lillette Jenkins talking about both her life and that of Armstrong. A memorable set that is well worth checking out by mainstream listeners and jazz historians who may not be all that familiar with the contributions of Lil Hardin Armstrong.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1995
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454030224
  • Catalog Number: 302
  • Sales rank: 346,543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hotter Than That (3:17)
  2. 2 You're Next (4:16)
  3. 3 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (3:09)
  4. 4 Skid-Dat-De-Dat (4:17)
  5. 5 My Heart (3:29)
  6. 6 Lonesome Blues (5:58)
  7. 7 Two Deuces (3:20)
  8. 8 Lil's Boogie (3:22)
  9. 9 Just for a Thrill (3:48)
  10. 10 Born to Swing (3:10)
  11. 11 Everything's Wrong, Nothing's Right (4:45)
  12. 12 Hi Di Ho Man (3:22)
  13. 13 Brown Gal (5:29)
  14. 14 Let's Get Happy Together (3:06)
  15. 15 Jazzspeak (10:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lillette Jenkins Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Howard Alden Guitar
Dan Barrett Trombone
Chris Flory Guitar
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Bob Wilber Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Jack Lesberg Bass
Anti Sarpilla Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jackie Williams Drums
Glenn Zottola Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bob Wilber Arranger, Director
Fred Miller Engineer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Jon Bates Mastering
Lil Hardin Composer
Don Raye Composer
Anti Sarpilla Contributor
Andrew Sordoni Producer
John DeVries Cover Design
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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