Moving the Needle: The art of the album transcends technology

In April of 1923, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band filed into the tiny Gennett recording studio in Richmond, Indiana, and waxed the first recordings to ever feature Oliver’s protégé and second cornetist, Louis Armstrong. According to Laurence Bergreen in his book Louis Armstrong, An Extravagant Life, the facilities were less than ideal. Little more than

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