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MINT (NO HAIRLINES OR SCRATCHES BUT PLAYS WITH A LITTLE SURFACE NOISE DUE TO AGE OF RECORD BEING AROUND 50 YEARS OLD)
VERY GOOD PLUS (SHELF WEAR WITH WHITE TAPE ON COVER - SEE PHOTOS)
Orpheum – ORP 105
Jazz Legend Series –
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Stereo, Rechanneled
Louis Armstrong's tenure as second cornetist to the great King Oliver is one of jazz history's legendary apprenticeships, on par with the one Miles Davis served with Charlie Parker or Stephane Grappelli's with Django Reinhardt. Sadly, only a handful of recordings survive from this formative period in Armstrong's career. This LP features 10 of King Oliver's 1923 recordings with Armstrong recorded by the Red Onion Jazz Babies under Armstrong's sole leadership (and featuring, on one number, a very young Alberta Hunter). The performances are as red-hot as you'd expect, and include two King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton duets.