Lil Hardin Armstrong And Her Orchestra ‎– Chicago – The Living Legends

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Despite being active up until her death in 1971, Lil Armstrong only recorded a handful of numbers in the 1950’s. This CD reissue (other than the soundtrack of a slightly later television special) has her final recording, a jam session from 1961. On three dixieland warhorses, some blues, a few basic originals and “Bugle Blues,” the pianist (who sings on “Clip Joint”) leads a spirited if overcrowded band comprised of three trumpets, two trombones, two clarinetists (Darnell Howard and Franz Jackson), bassist Pops Foster and drummer Booker Washington; “Boogie Me” gives her a chance to perform a duet with Washington. The ensembles of the other songs are often riotous and this rather spontaneous and undisciplined outing is generally exciting if erratic. This is fun music by a pianist who should have been documented much more extensively in her later year (

Track listing:

A1 Royal Garden Blues 00:00
A2 Red Arrow Blues 05:43
A3 Muskrat Ramble – 10:10
F4 Boogie Me – 16:50
B1 Clip Joint – 19:38 –
B2 Basin Street Blues – 24:20 –
B3 Eastown Boogie – 29:09
B4 Bugle Blues – 35:28

Lil Hardin Armstrong – piano, vocal
Al Wynn (#: A1 to A3, B1 to B4), Preston Jackson (# A1 to A3, B1 to B4) – trombone
Bill Martin (# A1 to A3, B1 to B4), Eddie Smith (# A1 to A3, B2 to B4), Roi Nabors (# A1 to A3, B1 to B4) – trumpet
Darnell Howard (# A1 to A3, B1 to B4), Franz Jackson (# A1 to A3, B1 to B4) – clarinet
Booker Washington – drums
Pops Foster (# A1 to A3, B1 to B4) – bass

Label: Riverside Records ‎– RPL 401
Recorded: Chicago, September 7, 1961
Released: 1961


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