Young Louis Armstrong On Records

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Comprehensive chronological survey and analysis of every recording on which Louis Armstrong played during the period 1923 to 1928. Armstrong's immense impact on the evolution of jazz is found primarily in these early recordings, and Brooks's close examination of this period is important, as much of this influence becomes obscured by later recordings. Glossary, bibliography, and title index.

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Editorial Reviews

New Orleans Music
Analyzes, in great depth, all of Louis Armstrong's recordings from the earliest with King Oliver up until 1928.
American University Radio
...this is the sort of monograph that gets me excited because it's a measure of how much jazz has come to be accepted as a discipline for serious study and analysis....If you have a pretty healthy holding of Armstrong's records throughout 1923-1928, this book is fun and provocative to have at your side as you comb through familiar and unfamiliar titles.
Cadence Magazine
Sit down with your favorite early Armstrong recordings and follow along with Brooks's very detailed studies of every recording from this time period, and you may well think you've died and gone to heaven. Brooks has obviously devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to this project, and the fact that he's obviously a quite cultured gentleman makes the reading all the more rewarding.
The concentration of scholars on jazz trumpeter Armstrong's output from the 1930s forward, argues musicologist and fiction writer Brooks, has obscured the immense evolutionary impact he had on jazz before that. The field notoriously lacking both written history and notated performance, he relies on the 300 or so recordings up to 1928 as the primary evidence for that evolution. He analyzes them year by year. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810840737
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Jazz Series , #39
  • Pages: 564
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Brooks, currently a freelance writer, has written for the BBC and other magazines. He is also the author of The Bessie Smith Companion and Influence and Assimilation in Louis Armstrong's Cornet and Trumpet World..

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One: The Recordings of 1923 Chapter 2 Chapter Two: The Recordings of 1924 Chapter 3 Chapter Three: The Recordings of 1925 Chapter 4 Chapter Four: The Recordings of 1926 Chapter 5 Chapter Five: The Recordings of 1927 Chapter 6 Chapter Six: The Recordings of 1928 Chapter 7 Conclusion Chapter 8 Appendix A List of Musical Terms Chapter 9 Appendix B Musical Pitch Chapter 10 Title Index Chapter 11 Name Index Chapter 12 Bibliography

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