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martes, 13 de noviembre de 2007

Louis Armstrong - The Hot Five and The Hot Seven - Disc 1 - Part A


Louis Armstrong

The Hot Five and The Hot Seven

The Hot Five was Louis Armstrong´s first jazz recording band led under his own name.

It was a typical New Orleans Jazz Band in instrumentation, consisting of trumpet, clarinet, and trombone backed by a rhythm section.

The original New Orleans jazz style leaned heavily on collective improvisation, where the three horns together played the lead: the trumpet played the main melody, and the clarinet and trombone played improvised accompaniments to the melody.
This tradition was continued in the Hot Five, but because of Armstrong's creative gifts as a trumpet player, solo passages where the trumpet played alone began to appear more frequently.
In these brilliant solos, Armstrong laid down the basic vocabulary of jazz improvising, and became its founding and most influential exponent.

The Hot Five a recording group organized at the suggestion of Richard M. Jones for Okeh Records.
All their records were made in Okeh's Chicago, Illionis recording studio.
The exact same personel recorded a session made under the pseudonym "Lil's Hotshots" for Vocalion / Brunswick. While the musicians in the Hot 5 played together in other contexts, as the Hot 5 they were a recording studio band that performed live only for two parties organized by Okeh Records.

There were two different groups called "Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five", the first recording from 1925 through 1927 and the second in 1928.
In this year Armstrong revamped the recording band, replacing everyone but himself with his band-members in the Carroll Dickerson Orchestra which Armstrong was playing with Fred Robinson, trombone, Jimmy Strong, clarinet and tenor saxophone, Earl Hines, piano, Mancy Carr (not "Cara" as has often been misprinted) on banjo, and Zutty Singleton on drums); Armstrong was the only musician in both groups.

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven were the companion sessions of the Hot Five sides.
The personel is the same as the first Hot Five records except that John Thomas of Erskine Tate´s Vendome Orchestra takes over Kid Ory´s place on trombone, Pete Briggs of the Carroll Dickenson Orchestra plays Tuba, and Baby Dodds plays drums.
It is interesting to note that the addition of the tuba and drums to these sessions is probably less of an artistic decision than a technological one.
In 1928 Okeh switched from an acoustic means of recording music to the new improved sounding electrical based systems. The acoustic recording process was often ruined by the vibration created by drums or bass, and recording engineers preferred not to have these instruments in a session or placed them so far from the recording horn, that they can rarely be heard well on the old acoustic recordings.

--La colección que pondremos se compone de cuatro discos, divididos cada uno en dos partes
(A y B).
En total tendremos 8 publicaciones.

Cabe decir que una pequeña parte de las interpretaciones no corresponden a los Hot Five y Hot Seven. Son, principalmente, de orquestas lideradas por Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong - Hot Fives and Hot Seven - Disc 1 - Part A


01 - My Heart.mp3

02 - Yes! I'm In The Barrel.mp3

03 - Gut Bucket Blues.mp3

04 - Come Back, Sweet Papa.mp3

05 - Georgia Grind.mp3

06 - Heebie Jeebies.mp3

07 - Cornet Chop Suey.mp3

08 - Oriental Strut.mp3

09 - You're Next.mp3

10 - Muskrat Ramble.mp3

11 - Don't Forget To Mess Around.mp3

12 - I'm Gonna Gitcha.mp3


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