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Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven
Louis Armstrong and his Hot SevenLouis Armstrong and his Hot Seven were the companion sessions of the Hot Five sides. The personnel is the same as the first Hot Five records except that John Thomas of Erskine Tate‘s Vendome Orchestra takes over Kid Ory’s place on trombone, Pete Briggs of the Carroll Dickenson Orchestra plays Tuba, and Baby Dodds plays drums.

It is interesting to note that the addition of the tuba and drums to these sessions is probably less of an artistic decision than a technological one. In 1928 Okeh switched from an acoustic means of recording music to the new improved sounding electrical based systems. The acoustic recording process was often ruined by the vibration created by drums or bass, and recording engineers preferred not to have these instruments in a session or placed them so far from the recording horn, that they can rarely be heard well on the old acoustic recordings.

discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Alligator Crawl
(Fats Waller)
5-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8482
Don’t Jive Me
(Lil Hardin)
7-28-1928 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8597
Gully Low Blues
(Louis Armstrong)
5-14-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8474
Keyhole Blues
(N. Wilson)
5-13-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8496
Melancholy Blues
(M. Bloom / Walter Melrose)
5-11-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8496
Potato Head Blues
(Louis Armstrong)
5-10-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8503
S.O.L. Blues
(Louis Armstrong)
5-13-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8496
That’s When I’ll Come Back To You
(F. Biggs)
5-13-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8519
The Last Time
(Ewing / Martin)
9-6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Columbia 35838
Weary Blues
(Artie Matthews)
5-11-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8519
Wild Man Blues
(Louis Armstrong / Jelly Roll Morton)
5-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8474
Willie The Weeper
(Walter Melrose / M. Bloom)
5-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Okeh
8482

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven

Artist Instrument
Lil Hardin-Armstrong Piano
Louis Armstrong Cornet, Vocals
Pete Briggs Tuba
Baby Dodds Drums
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Earl Hines Piano
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
John Thomas Trombone

 

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