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 background of a song riven by means of upheaval. but few lines of this revolution are available within the ancient list of the past due Twenties, while the discs have been made. Even black newspapers coated Armstrong as only one identify between many, and outlines of his taking part in, whereas laudatory, undergo little resemblance to these of this day. via a cautious research of 7 seminal recordings during this compact and fascinating ebook, writer Brian Harker recaptures the point of view of Armstrong's unique viewers with no forsaking that of brand new listeners. the area of vaudeville and exhibit enterprise supply the most important context to his readings, revealing how the calls for of constructing a residing in a aggressive setting catalyzed Armstrong's detailed creative presents. Invoking a breadth of impacts starting from New Orleans clarinet variety to man Lombardo, and from faucet dancing to classical track, Louis Armstrong's sizzling 5 and sizzling Seven Recordings deals daring insights, clean anecdotes, and, finally, a brand new interpretation of Louis Armstrong and his so much influential physique of work.

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