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Louis Armstrong Complete Hot Fives and Sevens

Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Sony Legacy, 2003) [recorded between 1925 and 1928]

The most important recordings in jazz history—among other things, they’re the records that put the soloist at the music’s center—are still vital and joyous today. In their time, they were … well, “revolutionary” is an understatement. Sides like “Heebie Jeebies,” “Muggles,” and “West End Blues” blazed trails that every jazz musician since has had to follow. MICHAEL J. WEST

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