West End Blues (3:13)

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Everyday, somewhere, a trumpet or cornet player tries to render an emulation of Louis Armstrong playing the West End Blues. The version featured here is one of the older examples of Louis Armstrong playing the tune, probably with his Hot Seven in the 1930’s. Louis used the tune regularly in concerts. It is his introduction and first chorus are copied verbatim by better practioners of traditional New Orleans Jazz in the US and around the world making this likely the most emulated jazzwork of all time so far.

The West End Blues is often accredited to Joe “King” Oliver. King Oliver also was responsible for encouraging a young Louis Armstrong to follow him from New Orleans to Chicago. That move helped bring Armstrong to national attention long before the Twenties were over.

Louis recorded the West End Blues several times during his career. A good example of a mature Sachmo playing the tune can be found on the Columbia Ambasador Satch LP/CD.

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  • B-AIRLINE

    JUST GREAT

    30 Mar 2:30am Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    perfection here

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • BigChoupique

    There actually is, or was, a West End in New Orleans... it use to be "out of town" and was a place that people sneaked off to for serious partying.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • KevinKevnQuevin

    This is featured in a very beautiful scene from the film "Killer of Sheep."

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    great piano solo..great horns...great tune

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • gibeti

    wonderfull louis

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Vorsorken

    The 1928 version with Earl Hines on piano has probably the most amazing piano line I've ever heard. That long descending set of chords at the end with glissando melting them together perfectly...

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • yu00

    magical...

    23 Feb 2011 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Have been brought back to this track (thanks to woca). Remains superb. Should be in any serious music lover's library.

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • juanchopepe2

    dua dua dua di di :)

    14 Nov 2010 Reply
  • veldblom

    Verrrrrry special!

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • cyrone

    Makes ya just wanna get butt nekid and party

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • tudujoia

    this is the opening cadenza that will melt your face.

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    This has to be a Hot Five version from 1928, with Earl Hines on piano. The earlier Potato Head Blues was the track which really showed what Armstrong could do on the trumpet - but the start of West End Blues is equally impressive.

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • Tatuado_0

    Timeless Track. Just Awesome.

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • douched

    vucuttaki kimyasalları yeniden canlandıran eşsiz parçalar.

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • frivelli

    Não tem época. Imortal.

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • alfredo5

    amazing.

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    80 years on, this is still great.

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
  • abebopmana

    classic track

    3 Dec 2008 Reply
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