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ARMSTRONG, Louis.

Sugar Foot Stomp.

Music by Joe Oliver. Words by Walter Melrose. Successfully featured by King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band.

Melrose Bros. Music Company, Chicago , 1926 Stock Code: 98911
£1,500.00
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First edition, this first issue uncommon with OCLC recording just three copies. A song of contested origins, based on Dippermouth Blues, a tune for which Satchmo claimed credit from his days with King Oliver, it was rearranged by Don Redman for the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, when Armstrong had joined them, under the present title, "Redman's arrangement updated the song, which now sounded as though it had shed its threadbare overalls for a stylish tuxedo. Louis delivers his 'wah-wah' solo with offhand dignity rather than mocking rasp, suggesting a terribly elegant song. Smack Henderson himself considered this one of the best recordings the orchestra ever made, if not THE best, and it became the one most associated with the still-developing sound of New York jazz. None of the glory or credit devolved on Louis, however, and it is no wonder he felt overlooked and underappreciated" (Gergreen, Louis Armstrong, p. 386). Here the song is tricked out as a King Oliver number with a great group portrait featuring Armstrong, Lil Hardin, Honoré Dutrey, Johnny and 'Baby' Dodds, Bill Johnson, and the King himself.

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Description

Bifolium colour-printed exterior, single sheet loosely inserted, printed both sides.

Illustrations

Front wrap printed in blue and orange, with a band portrait by Daguerre of Chicago within an elaborate foliate border.

Condition

A little rubbed at the extremities, separating at the spine with archival tape repair, light toning, remains very good.

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