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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Legacy
  • ASIN: B00004WK37
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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ARMSTRONG LOUIS

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Classics don't come more classic than this. It was with this series of recordings, made between 1925 and 1929, that Armstrong laid the foundations for jazz as we know it today. But historical significance aside, these 89 tracks contain some of the most elegant and moving jazz ever recorded. There have been complete editions of this material before, but probably none so carefully prepared or so lavishly presented as this. The four discs are contained in a hardback book, packed with period pictures and detailed notes, all inside a cardboard slip-case. As well as every number recorded under the names of the Hot Five and Hot Seven, Columbia have included other work recorded by Armstrong at around the same time--for instance, those by the Hot Five under the name of its pianist, Louis's wife, Lil, as "Lil's Hot Shots". The sound of these old tracks has been sensitively restored, many being heard at exactly the right speed for the first time in half a century or more, and all arranged in the original recording sequence. This means that we can follow the evolution of a great 20th-century artist, from early promise to full maturity. --Dave Gelly

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I'm just a fool for box sets and I've been looking for this one for ages until I finally found it at a reasonable price. I tell you the music here is unbelievable and I shuold have bought it before!
The groove from Louis and his players will take you to that New Orleans of the 1920s that all of of us have in our heads because of legends, movies or what have you; but this IS the REAL thing, the beginning of one of the greatest musicians of the century. But, this is quality, love and feeling translated in notes that will make you smile all the way through.

I was listening to the cds along reading the liner notes, and is just an experience in itself, the pictures from the era, Louis as a boy, how he got to play with his heroes the 'King' Joe Oliver and ultimately got a contract with Okeh records to form his own band 'The Hot Five' the first legendary Jazz quintet.

The journey of this box set take you throughout the beginnings and let you inside the evolutions and changes in the lineups of the band evolving into the 'hot seven', sometimes 'Hot Four' with no clarinet... but to me was fascinating to hear this man's voice he just got it in his blood as he said himself. These were early recordings but in my mind you feel as he lived for generations to sing in such a style and blues feeling coming out of his vocal lines.

There's no way anyone wouldn't love this collection, everything from it is a joy, the liner notes and book alone is worth the price. If you are reading this you have interest in Louis and/or Jazz... or just plain music, don't waste more time and please buy it there's not regret here, GUARANTEED!

God bless Louis!

Let the Music Play!
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I notice that JRT Davies' superlative remastering of Armstrong's classic recordings on JSP gets 17 five-star reviews (at the last count), whereas Columbia's 'official' release seems to have received a more lukewarm reception. Columbia have released the full set of recordings to counter the JSP set, and also a single CD which purports to put together a handful of recordings in a 'best of' format, a thankless task when these recording sessions threw up so many gems. I'll attempt to tackle all three sets in this review. There isn't much more that I can add to the other reviews on here regarding the nature of the music itself - unarguably the single greatest set of early recordings in all of jazz, notwithstanding the efforts of jelly roll morton and armstrong's own mentor, the legendary 'king' oliver.

The hot fives were recorded in 1925, the sevens in 1927, and the ensembles involved were about so much more than just armstrong; kid ory defined the jazz trombone for decades afterwards until JJ Johnson brought it into the bebop age, the now-forgotten johnny dodds (clarinet) is more than armstrong's equal here and the feeling I get when listening to their duets is similar to arriving at Karajan's magical 1957 recording of Verdi's Trovatore in eager anticipation of hearing Maria Callas at her searing peak, only to forget her presence when Fedora Barbieri opened her mouth to sing. Throw in one of the most elegant pianists in the history of jazz, earl hines, who makes his appearance in the later recordings, and you have quite some ensemble. Much has been said about how they defined and laid out a blueprint for small-group jazz ensembles everywhere, and it needs no elaboration.
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These seminal recordings, document an utterly captivating, riveting music. Louis Armstrong transmitted an energy to his musicians that propelled them to play what was almost by any measure of judgement completely new jazz. The compositions were built on syncopated rhythmic innovations and presented radical melodic challenges to the dominant blues idiom. The material was treated by the Hot Fives and Sevens with layers of complex dynamics, elevated to ecstatic heights by Armstrong's dazzling execution on trumpet and the pioneering clarinet work of Johnny Dodds. Dodds' expressive range and penetrating timbre paved the way for the great clarinettists of the swing era: Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw.
Some of the themes are so abstract and ironic they sound decades ahead of their time. "Potato Head Blues", "Wild Man Blues" and "Twelfth Street Rag" are so intensely vigorous that you'll see straight away why this music took off as it did, why reactionaries thought it was the music of the devil, why conservatives thought it was subversive, why progressives didn't understand it.
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These seminal recordings, document an utterly captivating, riveting music. Louis Armstrong transmitted an energy to his musicians that propelled them to play what was almost by any measure of judgement completely new jazz. The compositions were built on syncopated rhythmic innovations and presented radical melodic challenges to the dominant blues idiom. The material was treated by the Hot Fives and Sevens with layers of complex dynamics, elevated to ecstatic heights by Armstrong's dazzling execution on trumpet and the pioneering clarinet work of Johnny Dodds. Dodds' expressive range and penetrating timbre paved the way for the great clarinettists of the swing era: Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw.
Some of the themes are so abstract and ironic they sound decades ahead of their time. "Potato Head Blues", "Wild Man Blues" and "Twelfth Street Rag" are so intensely vigorous that you'll see straight away why this music took off as it did, why reactionaries thought it was the music of the devil, why conservatives thought it was subversive, why progressives didn't understand it.
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