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west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson

Big Al Whittle 18 Jun 14 - 06:15 AM
Will Fly 18 Jun 14 - 08:33 AM
Will Fly 18 Jun 14 - 09:05 AM
Big Al Whittle 18 Jun 14 - 09:30 AM
GUEST,Leadbelly 18 Jun 14 - 03:39 PM
Will Fly 18 Jun 14 - 03:49 PM
Big Al Whittle 18 Jun 14 - 04:53 PM
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Subject: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 06:15 AM

wonder if a jazz buff could help me out. I really loved a piece called west end blues that I heard on ken burns jazz series. Louis Armstrong - so I sent for the hot five/hot seven cd.

when I got the cd - weste end blues turned out to be a dirgy sort of blues - nice playing - but not what I was expecting.

the piece I fell in love with was Louis playing a long sustained note with the rhythm section really pounding along frenetically. possibly it was when Louis was with Fletcher Henderson's orchestra. its featured in the third episode of the Burns series.

can anyone direct me to the album with this great piece of music?


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 08:33 AM

Louis did several versions of "West End Blues" - which is famous for its fierce opening line - with his Hot Five, King Oliver, etc. But all the versions of it that I know are slow and dreamy, almost languid. There's also a long-held trumpet note in the middle/end of the piece, but I don't know of any fast version of this.

Will investigate...


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 09:05 AM

Al, just remembered - there's an up-tempo Louis track with a lo-o-ng drawn out note played on trumpet while the rest of the band riffs behind. "Mahogany Hall Stomp" - that might be the actual track that's in your mind...


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 09:30 AM

thanks


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: GUEST,Leadbelly
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 03:39 PM

Together with King Oliver's Orchestra Louis played a relatively long sustained note on West End Blues nearly at the end.
It was recorded on January, 1929.

If you want to get this cd for free, please send a message to my personal page, Al.

Manfred from Germany (Leadbelly)


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 03:49 PM

Quite right Manfred - as I mentioned in my initial response - but all the tempos on "West End Blue" versions are fairly slow-ish. The note in "Mahogany Hall Stomp" is even longer, and at the tempo Al describes - but it doesn't have the great intros of the assorted cuts of "West End Blues"! :-)

We'll have just have to cut them together.


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 04:53 PM

no its not west end blues I have looked up half the song crdits on the film. I will write to Burns.


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Subject: RE: west end blues/ the armstrong /henderson
From: Leadbelly
Date: 18 Jun 14 - 05:22 PM

Good luck!

On the other hand, it was a pleasure to listen to West End Blues again after such a long time in order to supply some help.

By the way, now I'm going to listen to the Halfway House Orchestra.

First of all: Snookum, than Since you're gone, Maple Leap Rag and so on.

Good night,Will.

Manfred


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