Today’s desert island disc: Louis Armstrong, Hot Fives & Sevens

Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens

This is simply incredible music. I dearly love really old, pre-bebop jazz, and Louis Armstrong invented much of it. More than a trend-setter, he was an inspiration to generations of musicians (of any genre). These British remasters of the early recordings are flawlessly done (an example of how Europe’s ‘lax’ copyright laws drive technical innovation foward and prices down, but let’s not get into politics here :)

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