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Album Review

This budget collection brings together ten live performances from the '50s of Satchmo running through some of his best-loved tunes. Nice readings of "Mack the Knife," "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," and "On the Sunny Side of the Street," along with hot renditions of "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" and "West End Blues," are just some of the highlights. This set also features three tracks ("Ko Ko Mo," "Tiger Rag," and "Rockin' Chair," a duet with Jack Teagarden) new to CD. All the sides were recorded between 1954 and 1956, and Armstrong is in top-notch form throughout.


Born: 04 August 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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