Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings [Columbia / Legacy] (4-CD Box Set)
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- Number of Discs: 4
- Released: October 4, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Jsp Records
Rolling Stone - 9/14/00, p.1745 stars out of 5 - "...Documents the crucial early steps of Armstrong's journey....[with] his knack for generating soaring melodies, his ability to make his enthusiasm for everything he played feel contagious...and the order in which he got things done..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/29/00, p.140Ranked #1 in EW's Top 3 Jazz Albums of 2000 - "...Utterly indispensable..."
CMJ - 8/28/00, p.24"...Spectacular....the music has been remastered [and] adjusted so that the material plays at the same pitch it was originally recorded....A quality package of some of jazz's most important recordings."
JazzTimes - 10/00, pp.77-8"...The Rosetta Stone of jazz....We witness Armstrong transforming jazz from attractive folk music performed by collectives into art music energized by the creative power of one man's intuitive ability to make it swing..."
Vibe - 10/00, p.1763.5 records of 5 - "...Reveals why Armstrong was jazz's first superstar. The versatile arrangements, brilliant songwriting, exquisite hornplay, and passionate vocal delivery on this set laid the foundation for modern music..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 11/00, p.106"...He redefined what was possible in improvised jazz melody and jazz singing. These sides are to jazz what Chaucer is to literature..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.My Heart
- 2.Yes! I'm in the Barrel
- 3.Gut Bucket Blues
- 4.Come Back, Sweet Papa
- 5.Georgia Grind
- 6.Heebie Jeebies
- 7.Cornet Shop Suey
- 8.Oriental Strut
- 9.You're Next
- 10.Muskrat Ramble
- 11.Don't Forget to Mess Around
- 12.I'm Gonna Gitcha
- 13.Dropping Shucks
- 14.Who' Sit
- 15.He Likes It Slow
- 16.The King of the Zulus
- 17.Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa
- 18.Lonesome Blues
- 19.Sweet Little Papa
- 20.Jazz Lips
- 22.Big Butter and Egg Man From the West
- 23.Sunset Cafe Stomp
- 24.You Made Me Love You
- 25.Irish Black Bottom
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Willie the Weeper
- 2.Wild Man Blues
- 3.Chicago Breakdown
- 4.Alligator Crawl
- 5.Potato Head Blues
- 6.Melancholy Blues
- 7.Weary Blues
- 8.Twelfth Street Rag
- 9.Keyhole Blues
- 10.S.O.L. Blues
- 11.Gully Low Blues
- 12.That's When I'll Come Back to You
- 13.Put 'Em Down Blues
- 14.Ory's Creole Trombone
- 15.The Last Time
- 16.Struttin' With Some Barbecue
- 17.Got No Blues
- 18.Once in a While
- 19.I'm Not Rough
- 20.Hotter Than That
- 21.Savoy Blues
Tracks on Disc 3:
- 2.Skip the Gutter
- 3.A Monday Date
- 4.Don't Jive Me
- 5.West End Blues
- 6.Sugar Foot Strut
- 7.Two Deuces
- 8.Squeeze Me
- 9.Knee Drops
- 10.Symphonic Raps
- 11.Savoyagers' Stomp
- 12.No (No Papa No)
- 13.Basin Street Blues
- 14.No-One Else But You
- 15.Beau Koo Jack
- 16.Save It, Pretty Mama
- 17.Weather Bird
- 19.Heah Me Talkin' to Ya?
- 20.St. James Infirmary
- 21.Tight Like This
- 22.Knockin' a Jug
Tracks on Disc 4:
- 1.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
- 2.Mahogany Hall Stomp
- 3.Ain't Misbehavin'
- 4.Black and Blue?, (What Did I Do to Be So)
- 5.That Rhythm Man
- 6.Sweet Savannah Sue
- 7.Some of These Days
- 8.Some of These Days
- 9.When You're Smiling
- 10.When You're Smiling
- 11.After You've Gone
- 12.Ain't Got Nobody
- 13.Dallas Blues
- 14.St. Louis Blues
- 15.Rockin' Chair
- 16.Song of the Islands
- 17.Bessie Couldn't Help It
- 18.Blue, Turning Grey Over You
- 19.Dear Old Southland
- 20.Rockin' Chair
- 21.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
The four CDs in HOT FIVES AND SEVENS are all available separately as volumes 1 through 4 of the series.
Digitally remastered by John R.T. Davies.
Louis Armstrong Hot Five: Louis Armstrong (vocals, cornet, slide whistle); Lil Armstrong (vocals, piano); Johnny DoddS (alto saxophone, clarinet); Kid Ory, Hy Clark (trombone); Johnny St. Cyr (banjo).
Additional personnel: May Alix (vocals); Clarence Babcock (spoken vocals).
Butterbeans & Susie: Joe Edwards, Susie Edwards (vocals).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 & 1926. Includes liner notes by Charles Fox.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, cornet); Lil Armstrong (vocals, piano); Boyd Atkins (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Joe Walker (alto & baritone saxophones); Albert Washington (tenor saxophone); Bill Wilson (cornet); John Thomas, Honore Dutrey, Kid Ory (trombone); Pete Briggs (tuba, bass); Johnny Dodds (clarinet); Johnny St. Cyr, Rip Bassett (guitar, banjo); Lonnie Johnson (guitar); Earl Hines (piano); Baby Dodds, Tubby Hall (drums).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 1927. Includes liner notes by Charles Fox.
Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Earl Hines (vocals, cello, piano); Mancy Cara (vocals, banjo, bass); Bert Curry, Crawford Wethington (alto saxophone); Jimmy Strong (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Homer Hobson (trumpet); Fred Robinson, Jack Teagarden (trombone); Joe Sullivan (piano); Dave Wilborn (guitar, banjo); Pete Briggs (bass); Zutty Singleton (drums).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 1928 and New York, New York in 1929. Includes liner notes by Sally-Ann Worsfold.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Hoagy Carmichael (vocals); Albert Nicholas, Charlie Holmes, Williams Blue (alto saxophone, clarinet); Bert Curry, Crawford Wethington (alto saxophone); Jimmy Strong (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Teddy Hill (tenor saxophone); Homer Hobson, Otis Johnson, Henry "Red" Allen (trumpet); J.C. Higginbotham, Fred Robinson (trombone); Carroll Dickerson (violin); Paul Barbarin (vibraphone, drums); Gene Anderson (piano, celeste); Luis Russell, Buck Washington (piano); Lonnie Johnson, Will Johnson (guitar); Eddie Condon, Mancy Cara (banjo); Pops Foster, Pete Briggs (bass); Zutty Singleton (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York in 1929 & 1930. Includes liner notes by Sally-Ann Worsford.
Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet, cornet, slide whistle); Lil Hardin Armstrong (vocals, piano); Joe "Butterbeans" Edwards, Susie Edwards (vocals); Johnny Dodds (alto saxophone, clarinet); Jimmy Strong (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Barney Bigard (tenor saxophone); Kid Ory, Fred Robinson, J.C. Higginbotham, Jack Teagarden (trombone); Jimmie Noone (clarinet); Earl "Fatha" Hines (piano, celeste); Hersal Thomas, Louis Russell (piano); Johnny St. Cyr, Dave Wilborn (guitar, banjo); Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang (guitar); Eddie Condon (banjo); Pops Foster (bass); Warren "Baby" Dodds, Tubby Hall, Zutty Singleton, Paul Barbarin, Kaiser Marshall (drums).
Producers include: Richard M. Jones, Tommy Rockwell.
Compilation producer: Phil Schaap.
Recorded between 1925 and 1929. Includes liner notes by Phil Schaap, Robert G. O'Meally and George Avakian.
Digitally remastered by Seth Foster, Ken Robertson, Tom "Curly" Ruff, Phil Schaap, and Mark Wilder.
THE COMPLETE HOT FIVES AND HOT SEVEN RECORDINGS won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album.
Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (trumpet).
So much has been said about Louis Armstrong's groundbreaking recordings with his Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles that to add more is to risk overstating the obvious. Suffice it to say that this four-disc box set, which collects all the recordings Armstrong made with both groups between 1925 and 1929, is of inestimable historical and musical importance. Everything about the music, from the taut, sassy interplay of the musicians, to Satchmo's dazzling chops on the cornet, to his extemporaneous scatting (the first recorded instance of what would become a jazz technique), is a revelation. The contents of the set, in structure and in spirit, is the nucleus of the entire jazz movement, and the sumptuous packaging, excellent sound, and detailed notes make it a cornerstone for any self-respecting music collection.
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