Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong and the Blues Singers: 1924-1930

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

During 1924-26 (and to a lesser extent 1927-30), Louis Armstrong appeared as a sideman on a series of sessions by a variety of blues-oriented singers. All of these recordings are included on this attractive six-CD set issued by the English Affinity label (which also includes a lengthy booklet), Armstrong's cornet (and, by 1928, trumpet) is heard backing and occasionally taking solos on record dates led by singers Ma Rainey, Virginia Liston, Eva Taylor, Alberta Hunter, Margaret Johnson, Sippie Wallace, Maggie Jones, Clara Smith, Bessie Smith, Trixie Smith, Billy Jones, Grant and Wilson, Perry Bradford, Chippie Hill, Blanche Calloway, Hociel Thomas, Baby Mack, Nolan Welsh, Butterbeans and Susie, Lillie Delk Christian, Seger Ellis, Victoria Spivey and even the country pioneer Jimmie Rodgers ("Blue Yodel No. 9"). The Bessie Smith recordings are the most powerful but there are other memorable selections including those with the remarkably nasal Lillie Delk Christian (Armstrong even joins in and scats during "Too Busy"), Eva Taylor (during "Mandy Make up Your Mind" soprano-great Sidney Bechet switches to the remarkable sarrusophone), Eva Taylor (Armstrong's solo on "Cake Walking Babies from Home" was one of his first great ones), Chippie Hill (the original version of "Trouble in Mind") and Ma Rainey (the earliest recording of "See See Rider"). These recordings on a whole are not as essential as his own classic sessions from the 1920s so this perfectly packaged set is recommended mostly to the more fanatical early jazz and blues collectors rather than the more general listeners who are advised to get Armstrong's Hot Five recordings first.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong feat: Georgia Jazz Band / Ma Rainey 03:20 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Georgia Jazz Band / Ma Rainey 03:20 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: Georgia Jazz Band / Ma Rainey 03:21 Amazon
4 Louis Armstrong feat: Georgia Jazz Band / Ma Rainey 03:23 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: Georgia Jazz Band / Ma Rainey 03:23 Amazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five 03:01 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Virginia Liston 03:24 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:55 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:35 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: Alberta Hunter 02:46 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: Alberta Hunter 03:05 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Margaret Johnson 02:36 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Margaret Johnson 02:45 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Sippie Wallace 03:01 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Sippie Wallace 02:53 Amazon
16 Louis Armstrong feat: Maggie Jones 03:07 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong feat: Maggie Jones 03:20 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Maggie Jones 03:03 Amazon
19 Louis Armstrong feat: Maggie Jones 03:20 Amazon
20 Louis Armstrong feat: Maggie Jones 03:18 Amazon
21 Louis Armstrong feat: Maggie Jones 03:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:12 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:17 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: The Red Onion Jazz Babies / Alberta Hunter 02:57 Amazon
4 Louis Armstrong feat: The Red Onion Jazz Babies / Alberta Hunter 03:03 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: The Red Onion Jazz Babies / Alberta Hunter 03:33 Amazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: Clara Smith 03:20 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Clara Smith 03:37 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Eva Taylor / Clarence Williams 03:03 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:22 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:14 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:07 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:06 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:17 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:33 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 03:12 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 03:10 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 03:02 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:57 Amazon
19 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 03:03 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 03:06 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 02:59 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Trixie Smith / Her Down Home Syncopators 03:02 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: Clara Smith 03:27 Amazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: Clara Smith 03:22 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Clara Smith 03:11 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Clara Smith 03:21 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:46 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:21 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:30 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:33 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:08 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Bessie Smith 03:25 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Billy Jones / The Southern Seranaders 03:00 Amazon
16 Louis Armstrong feat: Coot Grant / Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong feat: Coot Grant / Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:53 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Coot Grant / Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Coot Grant / Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Coot Grant / Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:53 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:36 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:57 Amazon
4 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 02:40 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: Eva Taylor / Clarence Williams 03:22 Amazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:12 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Clarence Williams' Blue Five / Eva Taylor 03:11 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Perry Bradford 02:52 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Perry Bradford 02:38 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 02:58 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 03:01 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: Blanche Calloway 03:05 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Blanche Calloway 02:56 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 02:33 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 02:53 Amazon
16 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:26 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:06 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:11 Amazon
19 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:02 Amazon
20 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 02:59 Amazon
21 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 02:52 Amazon
22 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 02:42 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong feat: Baby Mack 03:05 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Baby Mack 03:04 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 02:53 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:13 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:27 Amazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: Hociel Thomas 03:04 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:19 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:28 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:11 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:04 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:05 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:04 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Nolan Welsh 03:34 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Nolan Welsh 03:01 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Butterbeans & Susie 02:52 Amazon
16 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 03:01 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 02:55 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 02:49 Amazon
19 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 03:18 Amazon
20 Louis Armstrong feat: Bertha "Chippie" Hill 03:07 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:14 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:05 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:11 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Sippie Wallace 03:08 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: The Little Deaths 03:09 Amazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 02:56 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 02:58 Amazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 03:09 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 03:25 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 02:54 Amazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 03:08 Amazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: Lillie Delk Christian 03:16 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Seger Ellis 03:18 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong feat: Seger Ellis 03:10 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Victoria Spivey 03:17 Amazon
16 Louis Armstrong feat: Victoria Spivey 03:20 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong feat: Seger Ellis 03:10 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong feat: Jimmie Rodgers 02:42 Amazon
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