Louis Armstrong Satchmo Plays King Oliver 200g LP
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Remastered by Bernie Grundman From Original Analog Tapes!
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One of the most important events in the history of jazz took place on a hot July
afternoon in 1922. Twenty-two-year-old Louis Armstrong was playing in a parade
with the Tuxedo Brass Band in his native New Orleans that afternoon when he
received a telegram from the man who had been his mentor a few years earlier —
Joe Oliver, the crusty, brilliant cornetist whose place in the jazz world of
that day was implicit in the billing he always received, "King Oliver."
The telegram asked young Louis to join Oliver's celebrated Creole Jazz Band in
Chicago, a band which was then generally accepted as the best jazz band in
existence. Armstrong leapt at the opportunity, took off for Chicago immediately
and for the next two years Louis and Oliver formed the most brilliant two-horn
team the jazz world has ever heard.
Such a great album, as this one is, deserves the Analogue Productions reissue
treatment. Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tape, the
200-gram super-silent pressing from Quality Record Pressings showcases the sound
better than it's ever been heard before. The premium vinyl is topped off with a
tip-on style jacket from Stoughton Printing.
This record is Louis' tribute to the man who helped shape his trumpet style back
in New Orleans and whose invitation to join his band in Chicago put him in the
spotlight which has shone on him ever since. There is a heck of a lot of good
music on this all-star album. The songs are tunes either written by King Oliver,
or tunes that Oliver played. "St. James Infirmary" is taken at an incredibly
slow and eerie pace, and when Louis comes back to repeat the main theme at the
end, the effect is breathtaking. Louis sings a charming version of "Frankie And
Johnny" accompanied only by an old-time honky tonk piano. "Jelly Roll Blues" is
a beautiful take on the Jelly Roll Morton Classic. "Chimes Blues" is deep and
bluesy return to the tune Oliver and Armstrong first recorded way back in 1923.
The title "Old Kentucky Home" may seem out of place, but musically the song fits
right in, and when Louis prompts his band to sing along with him for a chorus,
the result is rather touching. "Panama Rag" is a joyous up-tempo romp, and "I
Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll" is pure Satchmo fun, with Louis
not in the mood to "give nobody none to save their soul." There is a good amount
of straight-up blowing on this album, and the recordings have a more informal
feel than Armstrong's other two "plays" albums — Plays W.C. Handy and Satch
Recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, Calif. over three days at the
end of September and the beginning of October, 1959.
• 200 Gram Vinyl
• 33 1/3 rpm Speed LP
• Remastered by Bernie Grundman
• Remastered from original analog tapes
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Heavy Cardboard Stock Packaging featuring 'Old-School' Tip-On Gatefold Sleeves
by Stoughton Printing
Louis Armstrong, trumpet
Peanuts Hucko, clarinet
Trummy Young, trombone
Billy Kyle, piano
Mort Herbert, bass
Danny Barcelona, drums
1. St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues)
2. I Want A Big Butter & Egg Man
3. I Ain't Got Nobody
5. Dr. Jazz
6. Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
1. Frankie And Johnny
2. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll
3. Drop That Sack
4. Jelly Roll Blues
5. Old Kentucky Home
6. Chimes Blues