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Potato Head Blues
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven
Feat. Johnny Dodds
Recorded in Chicago on May 10th 1927 featuring Louis Armstrong trumpet, John Thomas trombone, Johnny Dodds clarinet, Lil Hardin-Armstrong piano, Johnny St Cyr banjo, Pete Briggs tuba, and Baby Dodds drums.
*"Potato Head Blues" was composed by Louis Armstrong.
The great Louis Armstrong shines during the Spring of 1927 on a record containing one of the finest jazz trumpet solos of all time.
The addition of bass and drums that made Armstrong's "Hot Five" the "Hot Seven" was done in order to take full advantage of the new electric recording process. Prior to the introduction of electric recordings, percussion and bass instruments would have to be positioned far from the recording horn as not to distort sound. This practice often resulted in under recorded or inaudible rhythm sections.
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