Another classic Louis Armstrong cut. I need to learn how to play this one.
There is so much more to the music of Louis Armstrong than the “hits” likes Wonderful World and Hello Dolly. I came across this track yesterday. It is titled Chime Blues, but it is not the same Chime Blues composition from the early recording with King Oliver. This is track is much slower and soulful than its upbeat predecessor.
I finished transcribing the second half of Louis Armstrong’s solo from Chime Blues as played in the recording with King Oliver’s Band.
A few notes: I personally have not done transcription in a long time, so this was a great exercise. In hind sight I also should have picked something with a bit clearer of a recording to start with. This was recorded in the early 1920’s. There are things that aren’t clear, and the Key of the song sits happily someplace between concert C and C#. There also might be a note or rhythm that is in correct. If you find that I would love for you to share the correction with me. The solo transcribed for Trumpet in Bb
I started transcribing Louis Armstrong’s solo to Chime Blues today. Here is the first half of my rough transcription. It is currently notated in concert, mainly because I was using the piano to transcribe the solo instead of the trumpet. Once I have the entire solo transcribed I will transpose it to Bb for trumpet and I will publish a high quality PDF on my site to download.
Louis Armstrong’s discography begins in 1923 with King Oliver Creole Jazz Band. Chime Blues I have heard before. Froggie more I dont think I have ever come across before.
This month I am dedicating all of my daily blog posts to Louis Armstrong. Yesterday I came across this recording of the songSt. James Infirmary, after listening to some of his early recordings with the Hot Five and Hot Seven. Each line and note that Louis Armstrong plays is overflowing with grit and soul. While Louis Armstrong is known by most for his chart topping version of Hello Dolly and What A Wonderful World, there is a grit and soul in his sound and phrasing on recordings like this that say so much more.