Re: Hello! and Louis Armstrong...
- --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "robertgreenwood_54uk"
> I'm not sure which on-line sources you are referring to, Robert, butThanks for the reply. I must confess that the online sources I cited
> it sounds like they are sticking with the rather tired theory that
> after the Hot Fives and Sevens it was downhill all the way to What a
> Wonderful World as far as Louis was concerned. There is, as always,
> another way of looking at it: after he had established jazz as a
> soloist's art, Louis, by the mid-thirties, is playing better than
> ever. His material is largely drawn from popular song of the era and
> a true lyricism enters his playing. For me, the big band period
> represents some of the very best Louis on record. And I don't know
> about the bands not always being the best: eventually, he just about
> took over fronting the Luis Russell Orchestra, who really were among
> the best.
> Robert Greenwood.
were from the (of course!) always reliable amazon.com user comments
section. ;) I have gleaned useful information from that site on
occasion . As well, a very knowledgeable person of my acquaintance,
steeped in jazz history, was very dismissive of this particular era in
L.A.`s life. That added some "heft" to my early decision to avoid
exploring it. So much music to explore and I`m relying a lot on
other`s opinions as I have a limited budget. OR so my wife informs me.
:) He has other opinions that represent a personal assesment of jazz
after a lifetime of listening.Since he loves early jazz to bits.. I
bowed to his superior knowledge/taste.
So when the little clips of the JSP set had me literally transfixed at
the computer, I plunked down my money and kicked myself a little. NO
harm, no foul... Better late than never. He is a great person who
happens to disagree with me on this issue. I`m sure there is stuff he
hasn`t listened to in years that he may reformulate an opinion on
given the chance. Perhaps this will be one of those recordings.
As for the quality of the bands, I don`t consider myself capable of
making a really precise assessment. I just love the music, technical
considerations aside. I`ll leave it to other people on the list to
better inform me
Robert J Dewar