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Satchmo Serenades

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Album Review

Satchmo Serenades was originally comprised of sessions recorded between 1949 and 1951; the Verve By Request CD reissue in 2000 expands the album by ten tracks, all recorded between 1952 and 1953. These sessions were in the same spirit as the original album, featuring many of the same players and arrangers (particularly Sy Oliver), so it's easy to see why these were added to the program, and the transition from the original album to the bonus tracks is seamless. This incarnation of Satchmo Serenades actually feel no different than the original album — just a bit longer. It remains a pleasant collection of ballads and mid-tempo romantic tunes, highlighted by the instrumental sections where Armstrong glides with the lush arrangements. When Satchmo serenades, his voice is a little too rough and sly to be truly seductive, but it's nevertheless charming, and while this album is hardly a significant work in his catalog, it's still enjoyable for the Armstrong fan looking for mid-period ballads.

Customer Reviews


This is an album that I have loved listening to many times. Armstrong seamlessly weaves through the arrangements with an unparalleled mastery of trumpet and voice (the two are practically interchangeable). However, the focus here is not technical. Armstrong is foremost conveying the beauty of the words and the songs and his love of music.

Beware: Not all tracks are complete

Tracks 4, 7, and 9 are incomplete. So far, iTunes has not addressed the problem or offered a refund. Would get a higher rating if all tracks were complete.


Born: August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music's history. As a trumpet virtuoso, his playing, beginning with the 1920s studio recordings made with his Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles, charted a future for jazz in highly imaginative, emotionally charged improvisation. For this, he is revered by jazz fans. But Armstrong also became an enduring figure in popular music, due to his distinctively phrased bass singing and engaging...
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