The modernity of Louis Armstrong

Don’t say I never give you nothing. This 1927 recording of Louis Armstrong‘s Hot Five features a duet passage with guitarist Lonnie Johnson in which, as Gunther Schuller points out in his classic Early Jazz, Armstrong is scatting in 3/4 while Johnson is playing in 4/4; the passage in question starts at 1:40. Polymetric stuff like this is how jazz got to be an influence on people like Elliott Carter. Moreover, it’s just some fucking awesome early jazz. Enjoy.

The modernity of Louis Armstrong