Louis Armstrong: Struttin' With Some Barbecue


Struttin' With Some Barbecue


Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five


The Hot Fives And Hot Sevens Vol. 3 (Columbia CK-44422)

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Louis Armstrong (trumpet), Kid Ory (trombone), Johnny Dodds (clarinet), Lil Hardin (piano), Johnny St. Cyr (banjo).

Composed by Lil Hardin & Don Raye


Recorded: Chicago, December 9, 1927


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

If jazz had a Mount Rushmore, everybody knows who would have pride of place. Washington was Father of His County, and Louis Armstrong was Pops of Jazz. Consider as evidence this track made at the end of a two-year span in which Pops defined by example the solo as jazz's principal means of expression. Yet, as luminous as his solo is here, Pops shines brightest while leading the opening and closing ensembles. He is spectacularly authoritative. Just as the U.S. presidency was designed with George Washington in mind, jazz was designed with Louis Armstrong in mind.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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