Hot Fives & Hot Sevens
 : Hot Fives & Hot Sevens

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by: Louis Armstrong

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0788065010027
Format: Box set
Item Dimensions: 16956382484
Label: Jsp Records
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Jsp Records
Model: 2166223
MPN: 1848077
Number Of Discs: 4
Number Of Items: 4
Publication Date: October 26, 1999
Publisher: Jsp Records
Release Date: February 27, 2002
Studio: Jsp Records

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 Chop Suey
  8. Oriental Strut
  9. You're Next
  10. Muskrat Ramble
  11. Don't Forget to Mess Around
  12. I'm Gonna Gitcha
  13. Droppin' Shucks
  14. Who' Sit
  15. He Likes It Slow
  16. King of the Zulus
  17. Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa
  18. Lonesome Blues
  19. Sweet Little Papa
  20. Jazz Lips
  21. Skid-Dat-De-Dat
  22. Big Butter and Egg Man
  23. Sunset Cafe Stomp
  24. You Made Me Love You
  25. Irish Black Bottom
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. 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
Disc 3:
  1. Fireworks
  2. Skip the Gutter
  3. 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, Papa, No
  13. Basin Street Blues
  14. No One Else But You
  15. Beau Koo Jack
  16. Save It, Pretty Mama
  17. Weather Bird
  18. Muggles
  19. Hear Me Talkin' to Ya?
  20. St. James Infirmary
  21. Tight Like This
  22. Knockin' a Jug
Disc 4:
  1. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  2. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  3. Ain't Misbehavin'
  4. Black and Blue
  5. That Rhythm Man
  6. Sweet Savannah Sue
  7. Some of These Days
  8. Some of These Days
  9. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  10. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  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
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
After parting from King Oliver, Armstrong embarked on an intensive series of recordings with the Hot Five and then with the Hot Seven. He stunned the musical world with unprecedented recorded displays of virtuosity and emotion remastered here to near perfect quality the extent of Armstrong's gifts can be judged for the firt time in ninety years. The notes are informative and expert. Small wonder that the New York Times dubbed this compilation The Recording of the Millenium..
Between 1925 and 1929, Louis Armstrong created one of the first great bodies of work in jazz. While he worked regularly as a soloist with big bands, he began his career as a leader with the first all-star studio group in jazz, the Hot Five. The other four musicians were Armstrong's wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, on piano; Johnny Dodds on clarinet; Kid Ory on trombone; and Johnny St. Cyr on banjo. The music's first great soloist, Armstrong was reshaping jazz by sheer improvisational magic, gradually diminishing the role of the traditional New Orleans ensemble with the clarion brilliance of his trumpet. Possessing an uncanny blend of exuberance and creativity, he combined virtuosic declarations with a talent for the subtlest shifts in phrasing and melodic variation, creating rich emotional statements that could hint at loss in the midst of joy or the promise of better things in the most sorrowful blues. The band expands here, to the Hot Seven and larger ensembles, and it gains soloists who applied Armstrong's lessons to their own instruments--musicians such as pianist Earl Hines and trombonist Jack Teagarden--but all come under the imprint of Armstrong's flowering genius, as both trumpeter and singer.

It's almost impossible to overrate this material. It may be the most influential music in jazz history, establishing standards for originality and sustained invention that have rarely been matched. The JSP set is a superb reissue of Armstrong's essential work. The remastering is by John R.T. Davies, widely acknowledged as the dean of engineers in the field of early jazz, and the resultant sound is simply the best this work has ever enjoyed. There are alternate takes of the later material on Columbia Legacy (including Louis in New York and St. Louis Blues), so collectors will want both. But this recording is superior listening, at a price that also makes it an ideal introduction to one of the few titans of jazz. --Stuart Broomer

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