Fletcher Henderson (with Louis Armstrong): Sugarfoot Stomp
Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra (featuring Louis Armstrong)
Fletcher Henderson with Louis Armstrong (Jazz Archives 33)
Elmer Chambers (trumpet). Charlie Green (trombone), Charlie Dixon (banjo), Ralph Escudero (bass).
Arranged by Don Redman. Composed by Joe ‘King’ Oliver.
Recorded: New York, May 29, 1925
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Fletcher Henderson’s “Sugarfoot Stomp” is very much an early recorded jazz repertory performance. It is a retitled version of King Oliver’s “Dippermouth Blues” that borrows, albeit obliquely, from King Oliver’s 1923 recording. It references the original’s introduction, opening choruses, clarinet solo and, most significantly, the three-chorus solo of Joe Oliver, played here in a timeless manner by Louis Armstrong. But it is the new touches provided by the Henderson musicians and arranger Don Redman that make this one of the first modern big band recordings: scored section leads and backgrounds, sudden dynamic shifts and an ending designed more for listening than for dancing.
Reviewer: David Sager