Louis Armstrong

Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 4

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The fourth and last volume in JSP's Louis Armstrong Hot Fives & Sevens set diligently follows the Armstrong discography from March 5, 1929 through April 5, 1930, with a couple of alternate takes tacked onto the end like marzipan truffles. Decidedly different from the preceding volumes, this disc mostly features ensembles of nine and ten players, with even the Savoy Ballroom Five weighing in as a ten-piece big band. These marvelous Okeh sides paved the way for the smoother dance and swing band sounds of the 1930s. Armstrong handles five melodies composed by his pal Fats Waller, sings a duet with Hoagy Carmichael on "Rockin' Chair" and ushers in the Great Depression with charming renditions of "When You're Smiling" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:26
2 3:18
3 3:16
4 3:03
5 3:05
6 3:09
7 2:55
8 3:07
9 2:53
10 3:25
11 3:17
12 2:41
13 3:11
14 2:58
15 3:17
16 3:32
17 3:24
18 3:31
19 3:21
20 3:16
21 3:27
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