King Oliver

With Louis Armstrong 1923

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The recordings Louis Armstrong made with King Oliver in 1923 are some of jazz's most pivotal recordings, and this 15-track collection rounds up these landmark sides. Kicking off with "Snake Rag" and including such stellar pieces as "High Society Rag," "Where Did You Stay Last Night?," "Dipper Mouth Blues," "Workin' Man Blues," and "Jazzin' Babies' Blues," this set showcases the marvelous interplay between Oliver and Satchmo as well as highlighting the orchestral mindset Oliver used even in a small group setting. Transfers are decent, but reasonably scratchy throughout, the old Gennett 78s being much the worse for wear over the intervening years.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:18
2 2:45
3 2:59
4 3:12
5 2:32
6 2:17
7 2:59
8 3:05
9 3:12
10 3:14
11 2:50
12 2:53
13 2:57
14 2:58
15 2:46
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