Main Stem / Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra (1942)
Louis Armstrong’s collage(s) of musical knowledge
“(A) lesser-known fact about Armstrong is that, along with the medicinal supplements stowed in his carry-on, he toted reel-to-reel recording decks with him everywhere. With them he committed to tape concerts, conversations, his own playing and talking, audio flotsam from the Satchmo Universe. Even more impressive, Armstrong adorned the audio tape boxes with alluring and vivid Romare Bearden–esque collages layering photos, news clippings, concert programs, handwritten captions and other graphic elements. Armed with scotch tape and scissors, Armstrong spent countless hours entertaining himself, squirreled away in the den of his home in Corona, Queens, making visual music.” – Doug Schulkind, from this post at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog.
Tain’t No Sin To Take Off Your Skin (And Dance Around In Your Bones) /
Dan Russo’s Oriole Orchestra