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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.

Biography

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,...
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