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Label Watch: Louisiana Red Hot

Robert Parker

Robert Parker is an audio engineer, an audiophile, and a passionate enthusiast for the brilliance that is early classic jazz. Put those ingredients together and you have Bix Beiderbecke in full fidelity stereophonic sound with nary a pop or a hiss. It may sound miraculous, but with the help of 78 rpm master recordings, computers, and plenty of experience, Parker has found a way to make these recordings from the 1920s sound as though they were made last week.

Six titles in Parker’s Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo have been released in America on the Louisiana Red Hot label: Louis Armstrong: 1923-1931, which includes all of the Hot Seven recordings; Sidney Bechet: 1924-1943; Jelly Roll Morton: 1926-1928; Bix Beiderbecke: 1924-1930; Jimmy Rushing: 1929-1946; and Torch Songs, a collection of love songs by the premier singers of the jazz age and swing era, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith and Mildred Bailey.

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