Here at the Eagle Saloon, we appreciate the importance of recordings, sonic and otherwise. Can you imagine what it would be like to have recordings of Buddy Bolden and his band? All we do have is a single photograph, not to mention scores of firsthand accounts of Bolden's horn-blowing majesty.
Thankfully, we do have recordings of the legions of musicians Bolden influenced. The most important of those musicians is probably Louis Armstrong, who wore Bolden's influence on his sleeve. Here's an unusually clear recording of Armstrong and His Orchestra playing "Ain't Misbehavin'" in 1929. It's so clear, you can almost hear Satch's lips on the horn.