Eclat and Louis Armstrong

Received in the mail today a review copy of Eclat’s recently released live album En Concert on Musea. I’ve been spinning it since I got it and haven’t taken it out of the player since. Great mostly instrumental stuff, with Pink Floyd and King Crimson influences among others. I’ll save the rest of my comments for the review.

In partial answer to my previous question, it was Louis Armstrong’s influence in large part that brought jazz to solo improvisation and away from collective improv. Despite the abundance of phenomenal solo improvisers in the history of jazz, it’s kind of a shame that there weren’t more great group improv jazz bands. Apart from the somewhat annoying repetitiveness of their compositions, I kind of like the group improvs of early bands like the Original Dixieland Jass Band. Ah well.


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