One Plus One: Jazz Duos Are Often More Than the Sum of Their Parts

Among the 36 recordings that trumpeter Louis Armstrong and pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines made together in 1927 and 1928 are “West End Blues,” perhaps Armstrong’s single greatest documented performance, and “Weather Bird,” which is not the first jazz duet ever recorded but is the best one I’ve ever heard. Gunther Schuller explained the musicological and...

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