Louis Armstrong

Blues Heritage/Two Shades of Blue

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The double title is because this a two-album set packaged into one double box. The Blues Heritage features tracks by King Oliver's Jazz Band, Dixie Syncopators, Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five and Seven, and Bessie Smith. Although the transfers are a bit fusty in spots, this is prime classic jazz from the old school and recordings well worth adding to any jazz collection. Two Shades of Blues features tracks by Jimmy Rushing and Champion Jack Dupree recorded in New York in the early 1950s. The Rushing sides have Dickie Wells' trombone and Walter Page's swinging bass to recommend them while the Dupree sides feature him in the context of rhythm section, sometimes augmented with a sax. Good stuff on both discs.

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