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Uploaded on Mar 16, 2009
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five play the Basin St Blues, named after the famous New Orleans French Quarter avenue. The regular group of Johnny St Cyr on banjo, Lil Hardin on piano, Kid Ory on trombone and Johnnie Dodds on clarinet is not heard on this cut. On this recording, we have Mancy Cara on banjo, Jimmy Strong replacing Dodds on clarinet, Fred Robinson takes over on trombone, Earl Hines replaces Lil on piano and with his celesta, and Zutty Singleton is added at drums. Of course, Louis Armstrong leads with his cornet and vocals. This recording was made for Okeh on December 4, 1928 in Chicago.