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Lil Hardin Armstrong & Her Orchestra - Chicago: The Living Legends (1993)

15-06-2016, 07:17
Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Chicago: The Living Legends
Year Of Release: 1961
Label: OJC/Prestige
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 39:41
Total Size: 251 MB


01. Royal Garden Blues (5:46)
02. Red Arrow Blues (4:29)
03. Muskrat Ramble (6:44)
04. Boogie Me (2:52)
05. Clip Joint (4:45)
06. Basin Steet Blues (4:52)
07. Eastown Boogie (6:21)
08. Bugle Blues (3:52)

Lil Hardin Armstrong - p, vo (5)
Bill Martin - tp
Roi Nabors - tp
Eddie Smith - tp
Preston Jackson - tb
Al Wynn - tb
Darnell Howard - cl
Franz Jackson - cl
Pops Foster - b
Booker Washington - d

Despite being active up until her death in 1971, Lil Armstrong only recorded a handful of numbers in the 1950's. This CD reissue (other than the soundtrack of a slightly later television special) has her final recording, a jam session from 1961. On three dixieland warhorses, some blues, a few basic originals and "Bugle Blues," the pianist (who sings on "Clip Joint") leads a spirited if overcrowded band comprised of three trumpets, two trombones, two clarinetists (Darnell Howard and Franz Jackson), bassist Pops Foster and drummer Booker Washington; "Boogie Me" gives her a chance to perform a duet with Washington. The ensembles of the other songs are often riotous and this rather spontaneous and undisciplined outing is generally exciting if erratic. This is fun music by a pianist who should have been documented much more extensively in her later years.

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