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Just back from a small holiday trip with the family to the Cotswolds, a beautiful country side area in the South West of the UK.

During one of our trips we visited the "Old Mill" in the beautiful small village 'Lower Slaughter':
http://oldmill-lowerslaughter.com/gift-and-craft-shop.html

Entering the (touristic) shop I got the shivers on my spine. They had a very good audio system and played a recording of "C'est Si Bon" from Louis Armstrong with the Sy Oliver Orchestra (recorded June 26 1950). I got tears in my eyes and couldn't speak for about 10 minutes (I'm becoming an old sentimental fool I guess)! Floored by the fantastic Big Band playing, arrangement and above all by the Trumpet solo of King Louis. Maybe not as good as his 20's and 30's stuff, but what a solo build up and sound (the solo starts just after 1:30).

Here is a clip of that recording (recommended to play it loud on good speakers!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUPxAAYJToU

That's how you play a 'hot' Jazz solo, we can all learn from that. :)

I was happy I could buy the CD with that song in the shop. They have a big old style Jazz collection for sale and the lady/owner plays the tenor herself.

This is what I could find back about the recording:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C'est_si_bon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sy_Oliver

I couldn't find back the names of the Big Band personnel in that recording, being curious to the guy who played the fills around 1:15.

Does anyone now the personnel and who the tenor guy is?
 

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I couldn't find back the names of the Big Band personnel in that recording, being curious to the guy who played the fills around 1:15.

Does anyone now the personnel and who the tenor guy is?
Just found this on:
https://www.discogs.com/Louis-Armst...y-Sy-Oliver-Satchmo-Serenades/release/2645272

- C'est Si Bon:

Accompanied By – Sy Oliver And Orchestra
Alto Saxophone – Hymie Shertzer, Milt Yaner
Arranged By [Arranger] – Oliver
Bass – George Duvivier
Conductor – Oliver
Drums – Johnny Blowers
Guitar – Everett Barksdale
Piano – Earl Hines
Tenor Saxophone – Art Drelinger, Bill Holcomb
Trombone – Morton Bullman
Trumpet – Bernie Privin, Paul Webster, Red Solomon
Written-By – Andre Hornez, Henri Betti, Jerry Seelen

The great George Duvivier on bass (one of my favourites) and two tenors mentioned.

Both unknown to me, so still not sure who did those fills at 1:15.

It's probably Art Drelinger:
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/art-drelinger-mn0001662759/biography
 

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Well, I defy you to find anywhere on record that Armstrong played or sang a bad note.

He could do more with five eighth notes all on the same pitch, than most musicians can with a bucket of chord progressions and a fire hose of tritone substitutions.

Plus the essential goodness of his character shines through everything he did.

Truly one of the towering figures of this music of all time.
 

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Truly one of the towering figures of this music of all time.
For sure, fully agree!

I started listening to Jazz around age 12 (now 57) and was drawn into Jazz by his 1920's Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings.

Louis opened up new musical directions almost on his own for all generations to come after him. :)
 

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This is another song from the CD "Jazz Era - Classic Songs from the 30s-50s" I bought in that shop.

"Love Letters In The Sand" from Bert Ambrose (also shared in the other active thread about Big Band music):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-l_00PUT_8

Getting in a sentimental mood now!
 
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