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Louis Armstrong

Gene Santoro, 'Highway 61 Revisited...', 2004

FROM 1925 TO 1928, Louis Armstrong made an astonishing series of recordings, the jazz-creating legacy of his Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, a succession of studio groups that virtually never performed live. In 1927, the young cornetist led his band into a meticulously hilarious version of a classic composition Jelly Roll Morton had made famous, 'Twelfth Street Rag'.

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