CAPJ 5930 SA
Hybrid Stereo SACD
This product is a Hybrid SACD designed to play in both CD and SACD players, as well as all SACD-compatible DVD players.
Satchmo Plays King Oliver is one of those titles that audiophiles have known about for years and a favorite at Hi Fi shows for demonstration. The first cut - "St. James Infimary" is out of this world like many of the other tunes including a great version of "Frankie and Johnny". Originally issued on Audio Fidelity, this classic reissue is available on 200-gram. There is also a companion 45 RPM disc of "St. James Infirmary" to be co-released as well. Not to be missed!
This record is Armstrong's tribute to the man, Joe Oliver, who helped shape his trumpet style back in New Orleans and whose invitation to join his celebrated Creole Jazz Band in Chicago put Armstrong in the spotlight which has shone on him ever since. There is a heck of a lot of good music on this all-star album. The songs are tunes either written by King Oliver, or tunes that Oliver played. "St. James Infirmary" is taken at an incredibly slow and eerie pace, and when Louis comes back to repeat the main theme at the end, the effect is breathtaking. Armstrong sings a charming version of "Frankie And Johnny" accompanied only by an old-time honky tonk piano. "Jelly Roll Blues" is a beautiful take on the Jelly Roll Morton Classic. "Chimes Blues" is deep and bluesy return to the tune Oliver and Armstrong first recorded way back in 1923.
The title "Old Kentucky Home" may seem out of place, but musically the song fits right in, and when Armstrong prompts his band to sing along with him for a chorus, the result is rather touching. "Panama Rag" is a joyous up tempo romp, and "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll" is pure Satchmo fun, with Armstrong not in the mood to "give nobody none to save their soul." There is a good amount of straight-up blowing on this album, and the recordings have a more informal feel than Armstrong's other two "plays" albums — Plays W.C. Handy and Satch Plays Fats.
Recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, Calif. over three days at the end of September and the beginning of October, 1959.
"...The King Oliver tribute is a stunning find, with Pops and his sextet blazing through the likes of 'St. James Infirmary,' 'Frankie & Johnny,' and 'Jelly Roll Blues' picked up by Telefunken microphones arrayed in an M-S pattern. Satch's brass-blare trumpet, Peanuts Hucko's licorice clarinet, and Trummy Young's slide trombone are right there in the room." — Fred Kaplan, The Absolute Sound, December 2005 (included in Kaplan's "Best-Sounding Jazz LPs")
|1. St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues)|
|2. I Want a Big Butter & Egg Man|
|3. I Ain't Got Nobody|
|5. Dr. Jazz|
|6. Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight|
|7. Frankie and Johnny|
|8. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of this Jelly Roll|
|9. Drop That Sack|
|10. Jelly Roll Blues|
|11. Old Kentucky Home|
|12. Chimes Blues|