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Album Review

Presented here is a nice cross-section of the recordings Satchmo made for RCA Victor over the years, running a time frame from the early 1930s to 1970s, the last of which, "What a Wonderful World," was recorded a year before his death. The earliest sides are with his orchestra, running through "St. Louis Blues," "Swing You Cats," and "Basin Street Blues," and sounding a bit constrained by the arrangements. But the compilation also features sides with his Dixieland Seven ("Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans") and his All-Stars — including two tracks recorded live at Town Hall in New York in 1947 — that swing with the usual Armstrong flair and charm. Perhaps it's not the most essential Louis Armstrong collection out there, but it's some damn fine listening along the way. A nice bargain in a single-disc set.


Born: August 04, 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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