Mutt Carey in New Orleans - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 42-43:

Joe Oliver had a few numbers that were on sheets of music, but he got away from it as quickly as he could. You see, Joe was no great reader. Joe Oliver was very strong. He was the greatest freak trumpet player I ever knew. he did most of his playing with cups, glasses, buckets, and mutes. He was the best gutbucket man I ever heard. I called him freak because the sounds he made were not made by the valves but through these artificial devices. In contrast, Louis [Armstrong] played everything through the horn.

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I'll tell you something about Joe's records. I haven't heard a…   more >>

cite as

Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 42-43. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433529578467 accessed: 16 October, 2021

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Mutt Carey
Musician

Listening to

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muted trumpet music performed by Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live, playback

Notes

Mutt Carey compares Joe Oliver and Louis Armstrong and notes the difference between hearing Oliver live and on record.


Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 05 Jun 2015 19:39:39 +0100
Approved on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:47:30 +0100