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Between November 1926 and December 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded about 67 titles as leader, sideman, and accompanist. Vol. 4 in Fremeaux's exhaustively complete Louis Armstrong series follows his footsteps as he recorded for OKeh, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia, and Odeon, leading his Hot Four, Five, and Seven as well as his Stompers and his Savoy Ballroom Five. Armstrong's resilient diversity is prominently displayed in high relief as he is heard sitting in with Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards, Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, and Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra, or providing artful and passionate accompaniments for Bertha "Chippie" Hill, Sippie Wallace, Lillie Delk Christian, and Hociel Thomas, whose November 1925 recording of "Sunshine Baby" was chucked into this volume in order to correct a previous omission in the series, prompting the producers to apologize for a "muddled chronology" that jumps all over the place anyway in order to stack 11 Hot Seven recordings at the beginning of disc two. The inclusion of Chippie, Sippie, Lillie, and Hociel makes this a special treat for those who want to contemplate Armstrong's fascinating abilities as an improvising partner for vocalists. Chippie's punchiest number is "Mess, Katie, Mess" and Sippie is heard at her most relaxed and powerful on "Lazy Man Blues." The other two singers have been criticized, ridiculed, belittled, and even reviled by critics and historians who really ought to place their refined egos on mothballs and listen to these women with courtesy and open-mindedness. Hociel Thomas was the daughter of pianist and composer George Washington Thomas, Jr. and the niece of both pianist Hersal Thomas and the aforementioned Sippie Wallace (née Beulah Thomas). Rather than harping about whether or not she had perfect pitch, one ought to listen with the heart and get onto Hociel's wonderful organic wavelength. Because Lillie Delk Christian sang in a sweet and often delicate and sentimental manner, certain boorish commentators sling mud at her memory, including David Nevers, who in his otherwise helpful liner notes cruelly describes her as "abominable and bleating." Sympathetic ears will accept her as a pop singer who sang pretty songs with superb accompaniments by Louis Armstrong, who clearly appreciated her voice and did everything in his power to support it.
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Louis Armstrong

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1
You Made Me Love You
00:02:57

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Venable P.F., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

2
Irish Black Bottom
00:02:44

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Venable P.F., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

3
Pleadin' for the Blues
00:03:04

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bertha Hill, interprète - Jones R.M., compositeur - Hill B., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

4
Pratt City Blues
00:02:53

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bertha Hill, interprète - Jones R.M., compositeur - Hill B., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

5
Mess Katie Mess
00:02:50

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bertha Hill, interprète - Kapp J., compositeur - Eller, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

6
Lovesick Blues
00:03:17

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bertha Hill, interprète - Friend C., compositeur - Mills F., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

7
Lonesome Weary Blues
00:03:09

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bertha Hill, interprète - Jones R.M., compositeur - Jones R.M., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

8
Easy Come Easy Go Blues
00:02:36

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bergere, compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

9
The Blues Stampede
00:02:37

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Mills., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

10
I'M Goin Huntin'
00:02:56

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Waller T., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

11
If You Want To Be My Sugar Papa
00:02:35

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Wayne., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

12
Weary Blues
00:02:50

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Matthews A., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

13
New Orleans Stomp
00:02:47

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Hardin L., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

14
Wild Man Blues Take 1
00:03:05

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

15
Wild Man Blues Take 2
00:03:05

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

16
Melancholy Take 1
00:03:09

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bloom R., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

17
Melancholy Take 2
00:03:22

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bloom R., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

18
Dead Drunk Blues
00:03:16

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Thomas, compositeur - Thomas, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

19
Have You Ever Been Done
00:03:04

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Thomas, compositeur - Thomas, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

20
Lazy Man Blues
00:03:14

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Thomas, compositeur - Thomas, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

21
The Flood Blues
00:03:20

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Grainger P., compositeur - Grainger P., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

22
Chicago Breakdown
00:03:30

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Morton F., compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

23
Sunshine Baby
00:02:46

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Thomas H., compositeur - Thomas H., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

DISC 2

1
Willie The Weeper
00:03:15

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bloom R., compositeur - Melrose F., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

2
Wild Man Blues
00:03:18

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Morton F., compositeur - Louis Armstrong, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

3
Alligator Crawl
00:03:06

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Waller T., compositeur - Williams C., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

4
Potato Head Blues
00:03:02

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - Louis Armstrong, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

5
Melancholy Blues
00:03:12

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bloom R., compositeur - Melrose F., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

6
Weary Blues
00:03:08

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Matthews A., compositeur - Matthews A., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

7
Twelfth Street Rag
00:03:14

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Bowman E., compositeur - Bowman E., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

8
Keyhole Blues
00:03:37

Louis Armstrong, interprète - DR, compositeur - DR, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

9
S.O.L Blues
00:03:01

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - Louis Armstrong, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

10
Gully Mow Blues
00:03:26

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - Louis Armstrong, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

11
That's When I'Ll Come Back To You
00:02:58

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Biggs, compositeur - Biggs, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

12
Put'Em Down Blues
00:03:15

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - Louis Armstrong, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

13
Ory's Creole Trombone
00:03:14

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Ory E., compositeur - Ory E., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

14
The Last Time
00:03:30

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Ewing, compositeur - Martin, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

15
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
00:03:05

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Hardin L., compositeur - Hardin L., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

16
Got No Blues
00:03:24

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Hardin L., compositeur - Hardin L., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

17
Once In A While
00:03:15

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Butler D., compositeur - Butler D., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

18
I'M Not Rough
00:03:04

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Louis Armstrong, compositeur - Louis Armstrong, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

19
Hotter Than That
00:03:04

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Hardin L., compositeur - Hardin L., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

20
Savoy Blues
00:03:31

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Ory E., compositeur - Ory E., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

21
You're a Real Sweetheart
00:03:09

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Friend C., compositeur - Caesar I., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

22
Was It a Dream
00:02:56

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Coslow, compositeur - Spier, auteur - Britt, auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

DISC 3

1
Too Busy
00:02:55

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Miller R., compositeur - Cohn I., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

2
Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me
00:03:08

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Lombardo G., compositeur - Kahn G., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

3
Fireworks
00:03:11

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Williams C., compositeur - Williams C., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

4
Skip the Gutter
00:03:07

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Williams C., compositeur - Williams C., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

5
A Monday Date
00:03:12

Louis Armstrong, interprète - Hines E., compositeur - Hines E., auteur

2009 Frémeaux & Associés 2009 Frémeaux & Associés

Album Description

Between November 1926 and December 1928, Louis Armstrong recorded about 67 titles as leader, sideman, and accompanist. Vol. 4 in Fremeaux's exhaustively complete Louis Armstrong series follows his footsteps as he recorded for OKeh, Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia, and Odeon, leading his Hot Four, Five, and Seven as well as his Stompers and his Savoy Ballroom Five. Armstrong's resilient diversity is prominently displayed in high relief as he is heard sitting in with Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards, Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers, and Carroll Dickerson's Orchestra, or providing artful and passionate accompaniments for Bertha "Chippie" Hill, Sippie Wallace, Lillie Delk Christian, and Hociel Thomas, whose November 1925 recording of "Sunshine Baby" was chucked into this volume in order to correct a previous omission in the series, prompting the producers to apologize for a "muddled chronology" that jumps all over the place anyway in order to stack 11 Hot Seven recordings at the beginning of disc two. The inclusion of Chippie, Sippie, Lillie, and Hociel makes this a special treat for those who want to contemplate Armstrong's fascinating abilities as an improvising partner for vocalists. Chippie's punchiest number is "Mess, Katie, Mess" and Sippie is heard at her most relaxed and powerful on "Lazy Man Blues." The other two singers have been criticized, ridiculed, belittled, and even reviled by critics and historians who really ought to place their refined egos on mothballs and listen to these women with courtesy and open-mindedness. Hociel Thomas was the daughter of pianist and composer George Washington Thomas, Jr. and the niece of both pianist Hersal Thomas and the aforementioned Sippie Wallace (née Beulah Thomas). Rather than harping about whether or not she had perfect pitch, one ought to listen with the heart and get onto Hociel's wonderful organic wavelength. Because Lillie Delk Christian sang in a sweet and often delicate and sentimental manner, certain boorish commentators sling mud at her memory, including David Nevers, who in his otherwise helpful liner notes cruelly describes her as "abominable and bleating." Sympathetic ears will accept her as a pop singer who sang pretty songs with superb accompaniments by Louis Armstrong, who clearly appreciated her voice and did everything in his power to support it.
© arwulf arwulf /TiVo

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