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Louis Armstrong Vol IV with Earl Hines

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Like the great pyramids at Giza or the works of Shakespeare and Bach, the music of Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines shines like some beacon of light blinking at us from beyond the veil, ancient and miraculous and inscrutable in its mastery and wisdom. The trumpeter from New Orleans and the pianist from Pittsburgh recognize in each other the mark of champions, and the pleasure they take in each other's instrumental sovereignty is apparent in all their inspirational improvisations from 1928. The sense of joy these adventurers share in their spontaneous flights of exploration and discovery on "West End Blues" and "Weather Bird (Rag)" remains undiminished. King Oliver's "Weather Bird (Rag)" is taken as an equestrian duet, the phrases echoing back and forth, veering off and intermingling, creating fresh new variations like alternating pulses of a single heartbeat, orchestral in their syncopated complexity, resolving into a rousing climax that is the essence of jazz. And in a collection shot through with classic performances such as "St. James Infirmary," "Tight Like This" and "Sugar Foot Strut," "West End Blues" remains the most memorable performance in the entire Armstrong lexicon. Beginning with the remarkable rhythmic phrasing of Armstrong's opening cadenza, proceeding through his initial reading of the theme, his poignant scat chorus and a stately Hines interlude, and culminating in the clarion call of the trumpeter's 16-beat sustained cry and epic blues phrases, this is a humbling performance--like Bird's "Ko-Ko," Trane's "Giant Steps," and Sonny Rollins' "Autumn Nocturne"--that other musicians must measure themselves against. --Chip Stern


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  1. Chicago Breakdown (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Symphonic Raps (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven sic - Big Band;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra 3:09$0.69  Buy MP3 
  3. Savoyagers' Stomp (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven sic - Big Band;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. West End Blues (Album Version)Louis Armstrong 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Sugar Foot Strut (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven sic - Big Band;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra 3:17$0.69  Buy MP3 
  6. Two DeucesLouis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 2:52$0.69  Buy MP3 
  7. Squeeze MeLouis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Knee DropsLouis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 3:21$0.69  Buy MP3 
  9. No (Papa, No)Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Basin Street Blues (Album Version)Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. No One Else But You (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven sic - Big Band;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Beau Koo JackLouis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Save It, Pretty Mama (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven sic - Big Band;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra;Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 3:19$0.69  Buy MP3 
14. Weather Bird (Rag) (Album Version)Louis Armstrong Hot Seven sic - Big Band;Carroll Dickerson Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. MugglesLouis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Heah Me Talkin' To Ya?Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. St. James InfirmaryLouis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Tight Like ThisLouis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Recods
  • ASIN: B0000026T8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For those who watched Episode 3 of Ken Burns "Jazz," had their jaws drop to the floor when they heard "West End Blues," and said "Woowee, I gotta get that!" -- this is the one. Burns waited nearly five hours before playing an entire song without voiceovers, but he picked a great one to give the full treatment to. Supposedly, Burns' film was intended to bring more people to jazz. The sales figures on this record in the next 24-48 hours will be a leading indicator of whether the film will have that effect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the first CD that opened me up to the genius of early Satch. I later got the full set of Hot Fives and Sevens (British Import version), which includes all of the cuts on this CD. I still love this one though, and although the overall sound quality of the Brit set is better, West End Blues is a little better on this CD. The best single CD collection of early Satch I know of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on January 4, 2002
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Of all the "old" Louis recordings this one stands out for me. The playing is so tight and the quality of the sound is incredible considering the primitive recording techniques of the time. Check out Basin Street Blues with Hines playing the Celeste and harmonizing with Louis. My favorite track (for today at least) is Symphonic Raps with the double Tuba stops after each chorus. I can only try to imagine what a live performance by these guys must have been like. Belongs in the collection of every Louis Armstrong lover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1999
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Armstrong and Hines push each other to unbelievable heights on these historic recordings. This is considered by many to be the best of the early Louis Armstrong CDs. Even more importantly, this represents a an achievement of a lifetime for both of these great, great artists.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
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Louis Armstrong was the most important musician of the 20th Century and this is his most important record. The more you know about jazz the more likely you are to agree with me. This album represents one of the greatest quantum leaps in the history of art. It may sound dated now, but at the time it was revolutionary. In many ways, it still is. When we think of Louis we think of this jolly old man playing Vegas. Listen to him when he was still young, hot and influential.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Acebal on December 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
the point to Jazz is collective improvisation which requires an intricate sense of teamwork;Satch already had his first summit with Sidney Bechet in Clarence Williams'Blue Fives (and the Red Onion Jazz Babies) in 1924-1925;Satch's earlier stint with the superb King Oliver Creole jazz Band was an apprenticeship.But here this CD finds Satch entering 1928 with the full glory of the Hot 5s and Hot 7s under his belt,and his partner here is the classy and exceptionally gifted pianist Earl 'Fatha' Hines.The chemistry between these two artists is amazing it borders on ESP in all honesty,-from the intricate layers of 'Symphonic Raps' to the classic scat singing of 'Sugar Foot Strut' all the way to the remarkable interplay of 'Two Deuces' these sides are as essential to any list of jazz as are the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and King Olivers Creole Jazz Band,-Jazz here is growing up fast-not the schmaltzy Big Band syrup but a truly ingenious brew all its own magic.These sides are available today in boxed sets elsewhere but the digital restorations here while a tad muddy are nonetheless perfectly acceptable.If you dont want to spring $ for the boxed sets then buy this one,you'll float on a cloud!
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