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Knee Drops

Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five


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Feat. Earl Hines


This side was recorded in Chicago on June 29th 1928 by Louis Armstrong's "Hot Five" a group on this date consisting of Louis Armstrong trumpet, Fred Robinson trombone, Jimmy Strong clarinet & tenor sax, Earl Hines piano, Mancy Cara banjo, and Zutty Singleton drums.

*"Knee Drops" was composed by Lil Hardin-Armstrong.

In June 1928 Louis Armstrong had two come up with a new line up for his "Hot Five" minus his wife Lil to fulfill his contractual obligation to Okeh. Lil on the other hand was busy enjoying her artistic freedom leading sessions for both Vocalion and Columbia. Armstrong's band found a excellent replacement in pianist Earl Hines and together they would go on to produced a number of recorded staples of 1920's jazz. In spite of her absence Lil Hardin's presence remained strong at these sessions as the author of a significant amount of their material.

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