[Dixielandjazz] Re: Hotter than That
mcvouty78 at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 24 17:20:10 PST 2004
Luis Daniel Flores wrote:
Want to know why you consider this tune Hotter than That to be as close to
perfection as music ever gets. Do you think more than the solo of west end
There are a lot of recordings that I think are close to perfection, West
End Blues among them, certainly. I try to avoid ranking the music I like,
because that way madness lies. Mozart's 40th Symphony, Miles Davis'
recording of Oleo on the Relaxin' album, Stolen Moments by Oliver
Nelson, West End Blues, Weather Bird, Hotter than That and more by
Louis, A Real Slow Drag from Treemonisha by Scott Joplin, Prokofiev's
Lieutenant Kije Suite, any number of Ellington recordings, Who Put the
Bomp by Barry Mann (just kidding!) -- how do you position those in any kind
What I like about Hotter than That is how modern Louis' playing still
sounds, and how he uses the rest of the band to great effect. Charles Suhor
talked about the brilliance of his scat solo, but Satch's trumpet entrance
after the trombone solo is equally brilliant, like nothing that had been
heard to that point in time. And if I were a trumpet player, I'd like to be
the guy who came up with the last trumpet chaser at the end of the piece,
where Armstrong trades single measures with Lonnie Johnson's guitar. It
presages the kind of licks Dizzy Gillespie and the beboppers would become
known for, some twenty years before the bop movement. Is Hotter than That
better than West End Blues? No, but it's every bit as good.
There are only two types of music -- good and bad, someone once said. The
quote has been attributed to many different people, but I think it's wrong.
There are at least five types of music: great, good, mediocre, bad and
terrible. Hotter than That is great!
Happy Thanksgiving. Thank God there was a Louis Armstrong!
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