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|Louis Armstrong, King Oliver|
Louis Armstrong With King Oliver
Genres: Jazz, Pop
When cornetist King Oliver invited Louis Armstrong to leave New Orleans and join the Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1922, he completed one of the greatest bands in jazz history. This CD includes the 1923 Gennett and Paramo... more »
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When cornetist King Oliver invited Louis Armstrong to leave New Orleans and join the Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1922, he completed one of the greatest bands in jazz history. This CD includes the 1923 Gennett and Paramount recordings, the world's introduction to the spirited rhythm and inspired contrapuntal improvisation of New Orleans music, highlighted by the dual cornet breaks of Oliver and Armstrong. The CD also includes Armstrong's 1924 recordings with the Red Onion Jazz Babies, some matching him with Sidney Bechet, the wonderful soprano saxophone pioneer, and the classic blues singer Alberta Hunter. --Stuart Broomer
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Michael Bond | San Antonio, Tx USA | 10/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Louis Armstrong And King Oliver' should be considered a preview of the Hot Fives & Sevens that was to come. Armstrong's first recordings with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band are more ensemble oriented. He's the second cornet to King Oliver's cornet. (The cornet was a predecessor to the modern trumpet.) The double cornet breaks make for some lively dancehall jazz. . . This one also has seven tracks from the Red Onion Jazz Babies. They hail from Armstrong's first stint in New York City. "Cake Walking Babies From Home" is some of the earliest magic that Armstrong put to wax. This version is worth the price of admission. . . The sound quality for these 1923/1924 recordings is terrific. The early 90's compact disc are a lot better than the 1980's cassette of this material. This release does justice to the early recorded work of Louis Armstrong."
An essential CD for any serious jazz collector
Aaron The Baron | 09/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD belongs in any comprehensive jazz library, these are the historical and highly enjoyable sides that Louis Armstrong recorded with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, though on the CD Armstrong gets top billing, in reality King Oliver was the leader of these sessions which featured Armstrong as one of the sidemen, along with Lil Hardin on piano(the future Mrs. Armstrong, who would also record with Armstrong on his Hot Five & Seven sessions later in the 20's) these sides were originally released on 78's as King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. All the sideman get heatet solos(including Harding) Armstrong's and Oliver's solos are both hot and historicly important as being the 1st hot dixieland/New Orleans band to play it hot(not like Original Dixieland Jazzband). This innovative group was the finest at the time or anytime. Highly recomended."
Warren Steele | Massachusetts | 01/27/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the most overly-filtered CDs I have ever heard. The Gennett sides often get dissed for being poorly recorded. It is reissues like this that give them a bad name. They are actually very lively recordings, but you'd never know it from listening to this dismal effort. Milestone has filtered every bit of scratch out -- and a tremendous amount of music was lost along with it. Dull, bland, lifeless, boxy -- any of these words could describe this reissue. I suspect they started with Nick Perls' work on the 1974 Herwin reissue and began filtering from there.
Don't waste your money on this awful CD."