We’ve called this compilation ‘Perfect Jazz’ for that’s just what we think it is, especially as it presents examples of the genre which show off the music’s greatest practitioners at their creative best.
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We’ve called this compilation ‘Perfect Jazz’ for that’s just what we think it is, especially as it presents examples of the genre which show off the music’s greatest practitioners at their creative best. Expressive, engaging, virtuosic, challenging, energetic or dynamic – all the adjectival attributes of jazz perfection are here, each track fit to rank with the best in their category.
Louis Armstrong is an American icon, the first great soloist and conceptual play-maker of the new music, an artistic innovator who became a popular entertainer, recognised everywhere in the world. Here he plays the immortal St. Louis Blues, the best-known of W. C. Handy’s compositions, giving it a zesty quality, allowing his exceptional instrumental facility full reign. On this 1929 track, Louis is surrounded by old friends, many from New Orleans, the city of his birth and the cradle of jazz itself. The shouting trombone is by J.C. Higginbotham, one of the most fluent of early stylists and a man who liked a drink – his trombone case was specially adapted to house two whiskey bottles! The husky, intensely rhythmic vocal is by Louis himself, of course
The Charleston Chasers were a white recording group, Red Nichols providing the careful trumpet lead, with rubbery trombone by Miff Mole, something of a star in twenties New York. The quietly fizzy clarinet is by Jimmy Dorsey, later a successful swing era bandleader, often with his combative brother, the brilliant trombonist Tommy Dorsey. However likeable the period charm of the piece, the music sounds a touch effete when compared with Armstrong’s sturdy efforts.