The Standard Oil Sessions
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PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED - INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
Dot Time in association with the Louis Armstrong House in Corona, Queens, present a series of never before heard recordings by the great Louis Armstrong remastered from the original sources.
The first volume, titled THE STANDARD OIL SESSIONS, presents Louis in San Francisco in 1950 in the usual company of two of his best-ever All Stars members: Earl Hines on piano, and Jack Teagarden on trombone. The recordings, which present excellent sound quality for its time, come from a show waxed to be issued on the radio but never broadcasted. The original discs then went into Louis' possession and there they stayed until now, when they are presented on this fascinating Dot release. Louis, Earl and Jack are backed by and odd rhythm section consisting of the obscure Lyle Johnson on clarinet (he never recorded again with Louis or, according to the Tom Lord discography, with anybody! and Clarence Hayes on guitar (he is also one of the announcers interviewing the players between tracks). While the Dot issue states the bassist and the drummer are unknown, Tom Lord says Arvell Shaw is on bass, and Cozy Cole on drums, which makes sense both being All Stars members at the time. Of course, Barney Bigard was the group’s official clarinetist at the time, so Lyle's presence is not explained. He was probably a last-minute local replacement. In any case, the focus here is on Louis, Earl and Jack's playing, and while the repertoire in itself presents no big news, the playing is wonderfully relaxed. A delightful first volume that keeps us waiting for more!
LOUIS ARMSTRONG, trumpet, vocals
JACK TEAGARDEN, trombone, vocals
EARL "FATHA" HINES, piano
LYLE JOHNSON, clarinet
CLANCY HAYES, guitar
Bass & drums unkown
San Francsico, California, January 20, 1950.
01. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
02. Muskrat Ramble
03. Basin Street Blues
04. Struttin’ with Some Barbecue
05. Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
06. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
08. UP The Lazy River
09. Back O’Town Blues
10. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans (1st Rehearsal take)
11. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans (2nd Rehearsal take)