Armstrong, Louis - the Hot Five 1925/26 - Used LP
VG++ beautiful condition.
About a year ago, I bought this album from a man in Alaska, a small collection of records released by the Aussie Swaggie label. The package was lost in the mail, and he refunded my money.
As I was planning to focus on New Orleans for the first week I take over the Green Noise website, I thought it would have been great to have those lost records. Jazz isn't a Green Noise focus, but this early stuff shows just how fun jazz was in the beginning, and those beginnings lead to folks such as Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and Dave Bartholomew (who died the other day at the age of 100 and his death lead me to an interview with Bartholomew where he points out that Armstrong taught him how to play!) And of course, without New Orleans folks such Longhair, Fats Domino, and Dave Bartholomew and what they did in the 1940s, Green Noise would vanish from existence...because punk (and R&B and funk and and hip-hop and so-called rock 'n roll and...) would have never existed.
So imagine my surprise the other day, when the lost package showed up at my door, in completely great shape like he'd just sent the package the day before, just in time for Louis's birthday, just in time to list here. It seems like fate somehow.
So I thanked and paid the man in Alaska, who was equally surprised, and now these well-packaged anthologies in wonderful condition can be yours...from the Aussie label Swaggie, all the selections housed here likely first released on 78 RPM records. This features some great liner notes about the songs and recordings. -- winch
The following is not from the liner notes but...
"The Music of the Hot Five and the Hot Seven is considered by most critics to be among the finest recordings in Jazz history. On November 12th, 1925 Louis Armstrong made his first records that bore his name as bandleader. The songs on the Okeh 78 rpm record were "My Heart", and Cornet Chop Suey. The band was made up mostly of musicians fromKing Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. The first version of the band featuredJohnny Dodds on clarinet, Kid Ory on trombone, Johnny St. Cyr on banjo and Louis's wife, Lil Hardin-Armstrong on piano. These were informal settings that all concerned remember as a good time. Louis picked all the musicians that he wanted to play on the sessions and the record company generally left them alone to do what they wanted. The song "Heebie Jeebies" is generally the first recorded example of scat singing, although there are several examples on records that predate this recording."