[Dixielandjazz] Ambassador Satch

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 24 20:37:42 PDT 2005

Vaxtrpts at aol.com wrote
> Steve Barbone wrote:
> Especially Pop's and the Hot 5, Hot 7. Heck they never even played live  so
> as good as we think they are, those 2 bands would have blown the doors  down
> in live performances. (IMO). Proof? Compare "Ambassador Satch" with  "Hot 7".
> No, no, not that thread again. Heck, why not? The list is 50%  different
> since we last discussed it. :-)  VBG.
To which Mike Vax asked
> OK - I don't remember the previous discussions.  Are you saying the
> "Ambassador Satch" wouldn't hold up to the older recordings?  Boy, would I
> disagree with that!
> "Ambassador Satch" would be in my top ten favorite  list of albums for sure.

Hell no Mike, keep the faith. I'm saying that Ambassador Satch is a "live,
in concert" recording of Louis that out swings/plays just about anything he
did in studio. I totally agree with you that it is a top ten album. Pops and
the band swing their asses off on that album. The energy is unbelievable.

I meant to use Ambassador Satch as an example of a "live" record that out
swings/plays anything he did in studio at the time.

What I meant to infer was that had we heard Hot 5/7 in a live set up, or had
we a live 5/7 recording in front of an audience, we would relegate those 5/7
studio cuts to the closet.

That is not to say the 5/7 cuts are worthless. They were the best of what
was available and seminal in articulation of the language of jazz. So please
folks, hold those cards and letters of dismay.


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