Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions

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The Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions were recorded between 1925 and 1928 by Louis Armstrong with his Hot Five and Hot Seven groups. According to the National Recording Registry,[1] "Louis Armstrong was jazz's first great soloist and is among American music's most important and influential figures. These sessions, his solos in particular, set a standard musicians still strive to equal in their beauty and innovation." These recordings were added to the National Recording Registry in 2002, the first year of the institution's existence.

Ron Wynn and Bruce Boyd Raeburn, writing for the All Music Guide to Jazz, note that "these recordings radically altered jazz's focus; instead of collective playing, Armstrong's spectacular instrumental (and vocal) improvisations redefined the music."[2] Armstrong introduced scat singing in "Heebie Jeebies," and his solo on "Potato Head Blues" helped establish the stop-time technique in jazz.[2]

Recordings[edit]

1925-1926 Hot Five Recordings[edit]

  1. "My Heart" (Lil Armstrong)
  2. "Yes! I'm in the Barrel"
  3. "Gut Bucket Blues"
  4. "Come Back Sweet Papa" (Barbarin, Russell)
  5. "Georgia Grind" (Spencer Williams)
  6. "Heebie Jeebies" (Atkins, Stothart)
  7. "Cornet Chop Suey"
  8. "Oriental Strut" (Saint Cyr)
  9. "You're Next"
  10. "Muskrat Ramble" (Ray Gilbert, Kid Ory)
  11. "Don't Forget to Mess Around" (Armstrong, Barbarin)
  12. "I'm Gonna Gitcha" (Lil Hardin)
  13. "Droppin' Shucks" (Hardin)
  14. "Who' Sit" (Composer uncredited)
  15. "He Likes It Slow" (J. Edwards)
  16. "The King of the Zulus" (Lil Armstrong)
  17. "Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa" (Richard M. Jones)
  18. "Lonesome Blues" (Hardin)
  19. "Sweet Little Papa" (Ory)
  20. "Jazz Lips" (Hardin)
  21. "Skid-Dat-De-Dat" (Hardin)
  22. "Big Butter and Egg Man" (Armstrong, Percy Venable)
  23. "Sunset Cafe Stomp" (Armstrong, Venable)
  24. "You Made Me Love You" (Armstrong, Venable)
  25. "Irish Black Bottom" (Armstrong, Venable)

1927 Hot Seven Recordings[edit]

  1. "Willie the Weeper" (Marty Bloom, Walter Melrose, Grant Rymal)
  2. "Wild Man Blues" (Armstrong, Morton)
  3. "Chicago Breakdown" (Morton)
  4. "Alligator Crawl" (Joe Davis, Razaf, Waller)
  5. "Potato Head Blues"
  6. "Melancholy Blues" (Bloom, Melrose)
  7. "Weary Blues" (Matthews)
  8. "Twelfth Street Rag" (Bowman)
  9. "Keyhole Blues" (Wilson)
  10. "S.O.L. Blues"
  11. "Gully Low Blues"
  12. "That's When I'll Come Back to You" (Biggs)

1927 Hot Five Recordings[edit]

  1. "Put 'Em Down Blues" (E.J. Bennett)
  2. "Ory's Creole Trombone" (Ory)
  3. "The Last Time" (Ewing, Martin)
  4. "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" (Hardin, Don Raye)
  5. "Got No Blues" (Hardin)
  6. "Once in a While" (William Butler)
  7. "I'm Not Rough" (Armstrong, Hardin)
  8. "Hotter Than That" (Armstrong, Hardin)
  9. "Savoy Blues" (Ory)

1928 Hot Five Recordings[edit]

  1. "Fireworks" (Clarence Williams, S. Williams)
  2. "Skip the Gutter" (S. Williams)
  3. "A Monday Date" (Earl Hines, Robin)
  4. "Don't Jive Me" (Hardin)
  5. "West End Blues" (King Oliver, C. Williams)
  6. "Sugar Foot Strut" (Pierce)
  7. "Two Deuces" (Hardin)
  8. "Squeeze Me" (Waller, C. Williams)
  9. "Knee Drops" (Hardin)

Recording Dates[edit]

Title Artist Composer Record Label Issued Number Master Number Recording Date Recording Location
1 Gambler's Dream Hociel Thomas Acc. By Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four Hociel Thomas OKeh 8289 9471-A 11/11/1925 Chicago, IL
2 Sunshine Baby Hociel Thomas Acc. By Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four Hociel Thomas OKeh 8326 9472-A 11/11/1925 Chicago, IL
3 Adam And Eve Had The Blues Hociel Thomas Acc. By Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four Hociel Thomas OKeh 8358 9473-A 11/11/1925 Chicago, IL
4 Put It Where I Can Get It Hociel Thomas Acc. By Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four Hociel Thomas OKeh 8358 9474-A 11/11/1925 Chicago, IL
5 Wash Woman Blues Hociel Thomas Acc. By Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four Hociel Thomas, Bollinger OKeh 8289 9475-A 11/11/1925 Chicago, IL
6 I've Stopped My Man Hociel Thomas Acc. By Louis Armstrong's Jazz Four Hociel Thomas OKeh 8326 9476-A 11/11/1925 Chicago, IL
7 My Heart Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Armstrong OKeh 8320 9484-A 11/12/1925 Chicago, IL
8 Yes! I'm In The Barrel Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong OKeh 8261 9485-A 11/12/1925 Chicago, IL
9 Gut Bucket Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong OKeh 8261 9486-A 11/12/1925 Chicago, IL
10 Come Back, Sweet Papa Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Paul Barbarin, Luis Russell OKeh 8318 9503-A 2/22/1926 Chicago, IL
11 Georgia Grind Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Spencer Williams OKeh 8318 9533-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
12 Heebie Jeebies Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five B. Atkins OKeh 8300 9534-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
13 Cornet Chop Suey Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong OKeh 8320 9535-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
N/A Cornet Chop Suey (In Eb) Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong OKeh 8320 9535-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
14 Oriental Strut Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Johnny St. Cyr OKeh 8299 9536-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
15 You're Next Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong OKeh 8299 9537-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
16 Muskrat Ramble Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Roy Gilbert, Edward 'Kid' Ory OKeh 8300 9538-A 2/26/1926 Chicago, IL
17 Don't Forget To Mess Around Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Paul Barbarin OKeh 8343 9729-A 6/16/1926 Chicago, IL
18 I'm Gonna Gitcha Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8343 9730-A 6/16/1926 Chicago, IL
19 Droppin' Shucks Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8357 9731-A 6/16/1926 Chicago, IL
20 Who'sit Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Composer uncredited OKeh 8357 9732-A 6/16/1926 Chicago, IL
21 He Likes It Slow Butterbeans and Susie J. Edwards Okeh 8355 9750-A 6/18/1926 Chicago, IL
22 The King of the Zulus Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Armstrong OKeh 8396 9776-A 6/23/1926 Chicago, IL
23 Big Fat Ma and Skinny Pa Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Richard M. Jones OKeh 8379 9777-A 6/23/1926 Chicago, IL
24 Lonesome Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8396 9778-A 6/23/1926 Chicago, IL
25 Sweet Little Papa Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Edward 'Kid' Ory OKeh 8379 9779-A 6/23/1926 Chicago, IL
26 Jazz Lips Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8436 9890-A 11/16/1926 Chicago, IL
27 Skid-Dat-De-Dat Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8436 9891-A 11/16/1926 Chicago, IL
28 Big Butter and Egg Man Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Percy Venable OKeh 8423 9892-A 11/16/1926 Chicago, IL
29 Sunset Cafe Stomp Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Percy Venable OKeh 8423 9893-A 11/16/1926 Chicago, IL
30 You Made Me Love You Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Percy Venable OKeh 8447 9980-A 11/27/1926 Chicago, IL
31 Irish Black Bottom Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Percy Venable OKeh 8447 9981-A 11/27/1926 Chicago, IL
N/A Leave Mine Alone Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Percy Venable OKeh Rejected 9982-A 11/27/1926 Chicago, IL
32 Willie the Weeper Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Marty Bloom, Walter Melrose, Grant Rymal OKeh 8482 W.80847-C 5/7/1927 Chicago, IL
33 Wild Man Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Louis Armstrong, Fred "Jelly Roll" Morton OKeh 8474 W.80848-C 5/7/1927 Chicago, IL
34 Chicago Breakdown Louis Armstrong And His Stompers Fred "Jelly Roll" Morton Columbia 36376 W.80851-C 5/9/1927 Chicago, IL
35 Alligator Crawl Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Andy Razaf, Thomas Waller OKeh 8482 W.80854-B 5/10/1927 Chicago, IL
36 Potato Head Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Louis Armstrong OKeh 8503 W.80855-C 5/10/1927 Chicago, IL
37 Melancholy Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Marty Bloom, Walter Melrose OKeh 8496 W.80862-A 5/11/1927 Chicago, IL
38 Weary Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Artie Matthews OKeh 8519 W.80863-A 5/11/1927 Chicago, IL
39 Twelfth Street Rag Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Euday Bowman Columbia 35663 W.80864-A 5/11/1927 Chicago, IL
40 Keyhole Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Wesley Wilson OKeh 8496 W.80876-A 5/13/1927 Chicago, IL
41 S.O.L. Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Louis Armstrong Columbia 35661 W.81126-B 5/13/1927 Chicago, IL
42 Gully Low Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven Louis Armstrong OKeh 8474 W.80877-D 5/14/1927 Chicago, IL
43 That's When I'll Come Back to You Louis Armstrong And His Hot Seven F. Biggs OKeh 8519 W.80884-B 5/14/1927 Chicago, IL
44 Put 'Em Down Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five EJ Bennett OKeh 8503 W.81302-B 9/2/1927 Chicago, IL
45 Ory's Creole Trombone Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Edward 'Kid' Ory Columbia 35838 W.81310-D 9/2/1927 Chicago, IL
46 The Last Time Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Ewing, Martin Columbia 35838 W.81317-A 9/6/1927 Chicago, IL
47 Struttin' With Some Barbecue Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8566 W.82037-B 12/9/1927 Chicago, IL
48 Got No Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8551 W.82038-B 12/9/1927 Chicago, IL
49 Once in a While Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five William Butler OKeh 8566 W.82039-B 12/10/1927 Chicago, IL
50 I'm Not Rough Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin OKeh 8551 W.82040-B 12/10/1927 Chicago, IL
51 Hotter Than That Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin OKeh 8535 W.82055-B 12/13/1927 Chicago, IL
52 Savoy Blues Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five Edward 'Kid' Ory OKeh 8535 W.82056-A 12/13/1927 Chicago, IL
53 You're A Real Sweetheart Lillie Delk Christian with Louis Armstrong and His Hot Four Caesar, Friend OKeh 8607 400954-B 6/26/1928 Chicago, IL
54 Too Busy Lillie Delk Christian with Louis Armstrong and His Hot Four Coslow, Spier OKeh 8596 400956-A 6/26/1928 Chicago, IL
55 Was It A Dream Lillie Delk Christian with Louis Armstrong and His Hot Four Miller, Cohn OKeh 8596 400955-B 6/26/1928 Chicago, IL
56 Last Night I Dreamed You Kissed Me Lillie Delk Christian with Louis Armstrong and His Hot Four Kahn, Lombardo OKeh 8607 400957-A 6/26/1928 Chicago, IL
57 Fireworks Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Spencer Williams OKeh 8597 W.400960-B 6/27/1928 Chicago, IL
58 Skip the Gutter Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five S Williams OKeh 8631 W.400961-A 6/27/1928 Chicago, IL
59 A Monday Date Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Earl Hines OKeh 8609 W.400962-B 6/27/1928 Chicago, IL
60 Don't Jive Me Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Hardin Columbia 36376 W.400966-C 6/28/1928 Chicago, IL
61 West End Blues Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five King Oliver, C Williams OKeh 8597 W.400967-B 6/28/1928 Chicago, IL
62 Sugar Foot Strut Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Pierce OKeh 8609 W.400968-B 6/28/1928 Chicago, IL
63 Two Deuces Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8641 W.400973-B 6/29/1928 Chicago, IL
64 Squeeze Me Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Waller, C Williams OKeh 8641 W.400974-B 6/29/1928 Chicago, IL
65 Knee Drops Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five Lil Hardin OKeh 8631 W.400991-B 7/5/1928 Chicago, IL
66 No, Papa, No Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Spivey, Victoria OKeh 8690 W.402153-A 12/4/1928 Chicago, IL
67 Basin Street Blues Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Spencer Williams OKeh 8690 W.402514-A 12/4/1928 Chicago, IL
68 No One Else But You Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Don Redman OKeh 8669 W.402168-B 12/5/1928 Chicago, IL
69 Save It, Pretty Mama Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Don Redman, J. Davis, P. Dennicker OKeh 8657 W.402170-C 12/5/1928 Chicago, IL
70 Beau Koo Jack Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Hill, Armstrong, Milrose OKeh 8680 W.402169-C 12/5/1928 Chicago, IL
71 Weather Bird Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong OKeh 41454 W.402199-A 12/5/1928 Chicago, IL
72 Muggles Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong OKeh 8703 W.402200-B 12/7/1928 Chicago, IL
73 Hear Me Talkin' To Ya Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Louis Armstrong OKeh 8649 W.402224-A 12/12/1928 Chicago, IL
74 St. James Infirmary Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five J. Primrose OKeh 8657 W.402225-A 12/12/1928 Chicago, IL
75 Tight Like This Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Curl OKeh 8649 W.402226-C 12/12/1928 Chicago, IL
N/A I'm Gonna Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ? OKeh Rejected W.401688-A 3/5/1929 New York, NY
N/A I'm Gonna Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ? OKeh Rejected W.401688-B 3/5/1929 New York, NY
76 Knockin' A Jug Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong, Eddie Condon OKeh 8703 W.401689-B 3/5/1929 New York, NY
77 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (common take) Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh OKeh 8669 W.401690-C 3/5/1929 New York, NY
78 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (alternate take) Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh OKeh 8669 W.401690-C 3/5/1929 New York, NY
79 Mahogany Hall Stomp Louis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five Williams, Spencer OKeh 8680 W.401691-B 3/5/1929 New York, NY

Personnel[edit]

Tracks 1-6

  • Thomas, Hociel (Vocal) 
  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Thomas, Hersal (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Tracks 7-20

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Track 21

  • Edwards, Joe and Susie (Butterbeans and Susie) (Vocal) 
  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Tracks 22-25

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet, Vocal) 
  • Babcock, Clarence (Vocal) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Tracks 26-27

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet, Vocal) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Tracks 28-29

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet, Vocal) 
  • Alix, May (Vocal) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Tracks 30-31, N/A

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet, Vocal) 
  • Clark, Henry (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo)

Tracks 32-33

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Thomas, John (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo) 
  • Briggs, Pete (Tuba) 
  • Dodds, Baby (Drums)

Track 34

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Wilson, Bill (Cornet) 
  • Dutrey, Honore (Trombone) 
  • Atkins, Boyd (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone) 
  • Walker, Joe (Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone) 
  • Washington, Albert (Tenor Saxophone) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano) 
  • Bassett, Rip (Banjo, Guitar) 
  • Briggs, Pete (Tuba) 
  • Hall, Tubby (Drums)

Tracks 36-43

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Thomas, John (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo, Guitar) 
  • Briggs, Pete (Tuba) 
  • Dodds, Baby (Drums)

Tracks 44-50

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo, Guitar)

Tracks 51-52

  • Armstrong, Louis (Cornet, Vocal) 
  • Ory, Kid (Trombone) 
  • Dodds, Johnny (Clarinet) 
  • Armstrong, Lil Hardin (Piano) 
  • St. Cyr, Johnny (Banjo, Guitar) 
  • Johnson, Lonnie (Guitar)

Tracks 53-56

  • Christian, Lillie Delk (Vocal) 
  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet) 
  • Noone, Jimmy (Clarinet) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano) 
  • Carr, Mancy (Banjo)

Tracks 57-67

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal) 
  • Robinson, Fred (Trombone) 
  • Strong, Jimmy (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano) 
  • Carr, Mancy (Banjo) 
  • Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

Tracks 68-70

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal) 
  • Robinson, Fred (Trombone) 
  • Strong, Jimmy (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet) 
  • Redman, Don (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano) 
  • Wilborn, Dave (Banjo, Guitar) 
  • Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

Track 71

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano)

Track 72

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet) 
  • Robinson, Fred (Trombone) 
  • Strong, Jimmy (Clarinet) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano) 
  • Carr, Mancy (Banjo) 
  • Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

Tracks 73-75

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal) 
  • Robinson, Fred (Trombone) 
  • Strong, Jimmy (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone) 
  • Redman, Don (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone) 
  • Hines, Earl (Piano) 
  • Carr, Mancy (Banjo) 
  • Singleton, Zutty (Drums)

Track 76

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet) 
  • Teagarden, Jack (Trombone) 
  • Caldwell, Happy (Tenor Saxophone) 
  • Sullivan, Joe (Piano) 
  • Lang, Eddie (Guitar) 
  • Marshall, Kaiser (Drums)

Track 77-79

  • Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal) 
  • Higginbotham, J.C. (Trombone) 
  • Nicholas, Albert (Alto Saxophone) 
  • Holmes, Charlie (Alto Saxophone) 
  • Hill, Teddy (Tenor Saxophone) 
  • Russell, Luis (Piano) 
  • Condon, Eddie (Banjo) 
  • Johnson, Lonnie (Guitar) 
  • Foster, Pops (Bass) 
  • Barbarin, Paul (Drums)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Recording Registry. "15.Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. Louis Armstrong. (1925-1928)". Library of Congress. 
  2. ^ a b Wynn, Ron; Raeburn, Bruce Boyd (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 43, ISBN 0-87930-308-5