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Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz) Paperback – April 2, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195388402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195388404
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Harker has spent more than a decade immersed in Armstrong's work and it shows. He has absorbed the music, the period, and commentary about it to do something for scholarship that he claims Armstrong did for the music: consolidate what is known and weave it into something that sounds new and fresh." --Jeffrey Magee, author of The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz


"For anyone who wants to learn more about Louis Armstrong's great solos from the 1920s, this book is the place to begin. And for those who already know and are weary of reading the same tired cliches repeated year after year, this book will be a joy to read, fresh and stimulating. Harker brings first-rate historical research to music that truly deserves it." --
Thomas Brothers, Professor of Music, Duke University


"Brian Harker's book will provide Armstrong aficionados with a deeper appreciation of Armstrong's genius, but also will provide Armstrong neophytes with an engaging introduction to these jazz masterworks." --Michael Cogswell, Director, Louis Armstrong House Museum


"Harker bravely and capably combines musicology (attentive readings of Louis's playing on six famous sides recorded between 1926 and 1928) and cultural history (how were these performances influenced, shaped, and perceived)...Since the book costs what a CD would--and it is more rewarding than many--I commend it to you. Brian Harker is clearly a Big Butter and Egg Man of music." --Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives


"Provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of Armstrong's genius...This book makes a significant contribution to the Armstrong literature...Essential. All readers." --Choice


"Armstrong's journey through the Hot Fives turns out to be a great adventure story, a narrative buoyed by Harker's love for his subject matter...The book's unique blend of biography, scholarship, oral history and musical analysis allows the author to come at the recordings from several interesting angles, and altogether Harker provides an enjoyable and thought-provoking entry into the music." --AllAboutJazz.com


"The combination of judicious selection of musical examples to analyze in depth and historical and social insight makes for a readable, concise volume of fresh insights into one the most studied figures in jazz." --ARSC Journal


"An artful jambalaya of rigorous musical analysis, thoughtful cultural contexts, and some provocative informed speculation as to how Armstrong absorbed, innovated, and consolidated the music we call jazz." --New Books in Jazz


"Harker's book represents a superb achievement, evidence of his stature as one of the truly outstanding younger scholars now working in the area of Armstrong research." --American Music


About the Author

Brian Harker is Professor of Music at Brigham Young University. The author of Jazz: An American Journey, Harker is a two-time winner of the Irving Lowens Award for his articles on Louis Armstrong. He lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife and two children.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2012
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This is a fascinating study of some of the most important sound recordings in the history of music. What a disgrace that the images of the notated musical examples that were expertly transcribed with such care are so tiny. If you magnify them to a useable size, the resolution is so miserable that it's an unreadable blur. On top of this, many of the hyperlinks to the images don't actually work and the Kindle instead gives you the dictionary definition of "Example" every time! The author obviously went to a great deal of effort in creating this book. Shame on OUP for such a shoddy job.

This is, at least, not quite as bad as the prestigious American university presses that don't even include the images in their Kindle versions and instead insult the purchaser with the line: "Please refer to the print edition of this book for the image." If I had access to the physical book in the first place, why would I have bothered buying the ebook?!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john garton on August 23, 2013
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I'm a long-time jazz fan but this book was a problem for me. I love all the Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings but I'm not a technical animal. That means I didn't understand a lot of this book, which was a great pity. I also found it not particularly well written. Sorry, Mr. Harker!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Allen Jones on February 5, 2013
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Louis Armstrong's small group recordings (Hot Five and Hot Seven) revolutionized popular music in America. When other groups featured short solos amid ensemble playing, Louis' power, clarity, and originality redefined the role of the soloist in popular music. His ideas were years ahead of his contemporaries. Had he never played a session after the Hot Five/Hot Seven recordings, his place in Jazz History would have been assured. These recordings have been cleaned up and the quality is amazing.
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