Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz)

By Brian Harker

For jazz historians, Louis Armstrong's scorching 5 and sizzling Seven recordings mark the 1st revolution within the historical past of a tune riven by way of upheaval. but few strains of this revolution are available within the ancient list of the past due Nineteen Twenties, while the discs have been made. Even black newspapers lined Armstrong as only one identify between many, and outlines of his enjoying, whereas laudatory, undergo little resemblance to these of this present day. via a cautious research of 7 seminal recordings during this compact and fascinating ebook, writer Brian Harker recaptures the viewpoint of Armstrong's unique viewers with no leaving behind that of present day listeners. the area of vaudeville and express enterprise offer an important context to his readings, revealing how the calls for of creating a residing in a aggressive atmosphere catalyzed Armstrong's exact creative presents. Invoking a breadth of affects starting from New Orleans clarinet kind to man Lombardo, and from faucet dancing to classical track, Louis Armstrong's scorching 5 and scorching Seven Recordings deals daring insights, clean anecdotes, and, eventually, a brand new interpretation of Louis Armstrong and his so much influential physique of work.

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