C Jam Blues – and Who Needs a Rhythm Section?

Louis Armstrong and the All Stars 1947 C-Jam Blues (Live)

OK -- so yes -- there’s a rhythm section… but in the main, this is a two man show between Barney Bigard and his clarinet with Arvell Shaw on bass -- and Sid Catlett gently contributing some subtle percussion in the background.

And it Swings. Like. Crazy. I cannot listen to this too many times -- it is utterly amazing. I’m not sure I’d use it for DJing purposes, but it makes me want to dance like anything.

Recorded at a 1947 concert (which someone has thoughtfully put on YouTube here) -- and I first heard this rendition, although from a different concert, on the wonderful Mosaic box set -- Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars

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  1. Clint said:

    As you state not a dj session dance, but great toe tapping dance juice inspired sound. Would play at beginning when punters waiting to come in or just prior to main start, I find that time to test a new sound and see what feedback gained.

    May 22nd, 2017
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