Let us never forget where things started. These recordings are closing in on 90 years old. Goddamn if they aren't exciting still. If you are still in your seat by the time Papa De Dada comes on, check your pulse.
The cover notes tell us that these recordings are Armstrong's first recordings on lead cornet just after leaving King Oliver and Sidney Bechet's first sides ever. It's not hard to see that this is where the great unison playing that was to become the staple of bebop had its roots.
1. Kansas City Man Blues
2. Wild Cat Blues
3. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
4. O Daddy Blues
5. Pickin' On Your Baby
6. You've Got The Right Key But The Wrong Keyhole
7. Texas Moaner Blues
8. Cake Walking Babies From Home
9. Everybody Loves My Baby
10. Of All The Wrongs You Have Done To Me
11. Mandy Make Up Your Mind
12. I'm A Little Blackbird
13. Papa De Dada
14. Just Wait Till You See
15. Livin' High
16. Coal Cart Blues
Thomas Morris; c 1-4, Louis Armstrong; c 5-16, Sidney Bechet; as 1-4, 6-8, 12, 13, 16: cl 7; sarrusophone 11, Buster Bailey as 5,9,10,13-15; cl 16, possibly 14,15, Charlie Irvis; tb 1-15, Charlie Green; tb 16, Narcisse Buddy Christian; bjo, Clarence Williams; p,
17; Bechet palys cl, sop, and again cl : 9,10 possibly Aaron Thompson, tb : 13: Bechet plays sop. and sarrusphone ; Bechet and Bailey both on soprano*
Once again my anonymous friend has come through and given us a much cleaner version than I originally presented. Please include him in your thanks.
CBS 63 092