18 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Virtually the entire ensuing history of jazz springs from the timeless tracks on this distillation of a four-album box set collecting Armstrong's small-group recordings from 1926 to 1928. "Heebie Jeebies" contains one of the earliest examples of scat singing; Armstrong's solo introduction to "West End Blues" marks a joyful moment of rhythmic liberation; and his elegant, idea-drenched trumpet solo in "Potato Head Blues" gave Woody Allen something to live for in Manhattan.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Virtually the entire ensuing history of jazz springs from the timeless tracks on this distillation of a four-album box set collecting Armstrong's small-group recordings from 1926 to 1928. "Heebie Jeebies" contains one of the earliest examples of scat singing; Armstrong's solo introduction to "West End Blues" marks a joyful moment of rhythmic liberation; and his elegant, idea-drenched trumpet solo in "Potato Head Blues" gave Woody Allen something to live for in Manhattan.

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