Potato Head Blues
Louis Armstrong’s early work
It was originally recorded in Chicago on May 10th, 1927. On the track, a total of seven instruments can be heard with three solos. The trumpet, clarinet, and banjo all have distinct solos that really help to define the characteristics of the piece.
The piece uses a combination of counter melody and the unending melodic line is indistinguishable to the listener where the melody stops and resumes. After the introduction we here a spirited duet between the clarinet and trumpet.
In all music, there should be some movement that helps the listener and the musicians understand that the music is progressing and moving forward. A big part of that it is creating tension and relief. One moment of tension is seen in the clarinet solo which takes a less structured approach and pushes the improvisation of the genre.
The combination of the juxtaposition between the note lengths along with a short banjo solo really adds to the pieces dimension.
Overall the piece is one of passion and excitement filled with counter melodies and tension, duets and solos that really bring this jazz piece to life.