Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lil Hardin and Her Swing Orchestra|
Lil Hardin Armstrong 1936-1940
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Louis Armstrong's Wife!
L. Brown | Los Angeles | 12/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lil Hardin Armstrong essentially served as her husband's manager for many years until Joe Glaser assumed control over Louis Armstrong's professional career. She taught him music theory, which he obviously learned well, stylish dressing, and dignified public behavior. She also suggested he break away from King Oliver's band and go solo. Lil Hardin Armstrong was the driving force behind the Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which would never have come together without her. Louis Armstrong's career would have been much different, otherwise.
Lil was a pianist extraordinaire who sang in a gutsy manner, often using lyrics that were unknowingly funny. These songs are all typical of the 1930s Depression Era, a time when just about anybody could float three minute songs in spite of weak lyrical content. This collection is a strong example of pure Harlem swing. Sit down, clear your calendar and enjoy this CD!"