[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: Was Louis Armstrong the greatest?

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Sat Nov 3 14:37:12 PDT 2007

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From: Marek Boym <marekboym at gmail.com>
Date: 3 Nov 2007 23:36
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Was Louis Armstrong the greatest?
To: Robert Smith <robert.smith at tele2.no>

I admire Morton, one of the greatest jazz pianists, but he also
claimed to have invented jazz (I'll concede that, even if he didnt't
sire it, he certainly was there to rock the cradle).  He had no reason
to be jealous of Keppard or Petit, but lots of reasons to be jealous
of Armstrong.
To my ears, Armstrong WAS the greatest (and I'd only venture naming
"the greatest" for two other instruments: the soprano and alto saxes).

On 03/11/2007, Robert Smith <robert.smith at tele2.no> wrote:
> Not in the opinion of Jelly Roll Morton.
> He ranked Freddy Keppard first, Buddy Petit second, King Oliver third, and Louis Armstrong fourth, but he does say that they were all great men. This is taken from Alan Lomax's book "Mister Jelly Roll" (page 153 in my edition).
> What do we think of Jelly Roll's ranking?
> I think Buddy Petit (Joseph Crawford, but changed his name when his mother remarried to trombonist Joseph Petit) drank himself out of the picture before he got a chance to record, but he was highly regarded in his heyday with a style not unlike Bunk Johnson's.
> Cheers
> Bob Smith
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