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  • Audio CD (April 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tradition Records
  • ASIN: B0000058R9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Some of Armstrong’s earliest sides. Satchmo is featured with his musical mentor, King Oliver, and backing bands made up of the hottest New Orleans players of the era. Athough there are plenty of Armstrong albums out there, sessions with King Oliver are rare and highly sought after.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lindsay on May 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite the title, only a few bands have Armstrong playing with Oliver, and Bessie Smith appears with piano and bass only, not with either Armstrong or Oliver. Most tunes are either Oliver after Armstrong left, or Louis with the Hot Five. Some of the recordings, like the Hot Five ones, are widely known, while other bands are more obscure. Discography and personnel information are complete. This is a CD for the true lover of '20s jazz, and the rare takes are great for that -- but anyone wanting those will doubtless already have the Hot Five numbers, so they're duplicative. On balance, this is a valuable disk for a real '20s jazz fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Bakken on September 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is a great collection of rare tracks featuring Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Bessie Smith.
Although Bessie Smith only appears on track 5, the album is worth the money just to get the songs with both Armstrong and King Oliver.
Of the 11 tracks:
- 6 of them feature both Armstrong and King Oliver
- 2 feature Armstrong and his Hot Five
- 1 features Armstrong and his Hot Seven
- 1 features King Oliver and his Dixieland Syncopators (no Armstrong)
- 1 features Bessie Smith without either Oliver or Armstrong
All the tracks were recorded between 1923-1927
Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Bonevich on March 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rykodisc should know better than to let their good name be associated with this irresponsible release of poorly-packaged timeless classic jazz. Most dates given are incorrect for one thing. Bessie Smith, for another, is only represented on one track which features neither Louis Armstrong nor King Oliver (so much for the misleading sub-title on the front cover). Worst of all, many tracks here have been transfered at SLOW SPEEDS from whatever sources were used, resulting in longer track times and, more importantly, LOWER PITCHES than the originals. After all of this then, you'd think that they could give you a full CD's worth of material. Sorry - this thing clocks in at a measly 33:11. Those who appreciate classic early jazz recordings should find this same material elsewhere from more reputable sources, like Milestone / Fantasy, or buy this flawed disc for peanuts. Jim Bonevich - Kalamazoo, MI
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Format: Audio CD
I just purchased this CD for $3 at an outdoor record/CD sale, so can't really complain. The music represents some great 20s jazz, and I think the quality is pretty good for being that old. But I was totally disappointed by the very misleading title; as the other reviewers pointed out, Bessie Smith is only on one track, and that track doesn't even feature King Oliver or Louis Armstrong, which for me was the main draw. I really was looking forward to hearing that combination of talent. So overall, great, mostly instrumental jazz, but don't be fooled by the title--unfortunately, Bessie Smith really is not a part of this album at all.
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