This Is Jazz #1
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||Cornet Chop Suey||Louis Armstrong||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Heebie Jeebies||Louis Armstrong||2:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Potato Head Blues (78rpm Version)||Louis Armstrong||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||West End Blues||Louis Armstrong||3:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Memories Of You||Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra||3:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stardust||Louis Armstrong||3:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When You're Smiling||Louis Armstrong||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dinah||Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra||3:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tiger Rag||Louis Armstrong||3:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lazy River||Louis Armstrong||3:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Basin Street Blues||Louis Armstrong||3:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Big Butter And Egg Man||Louis Armstrong||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ain't Misbehavin'||Louis Armstrong||3:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When It's Sleepy Time Down South||Louis Armstrong||3:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I've Got The World On A String||Louis Armstrong||3:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea||Louis Armstrong||2:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
This Is Jazz, Vol. 1 isn't an ideal overview of Louis Armstrong's seminal Columbia recordings, but it isn't bad, either. Many of the featured 16 songs are among Armstrong's very best, giving novices a good idea of the sound, style, and depth of his music, even if it doesn't provide an ideal context. Nevertheless, This Is Jazz doesn't intend to provide context, which will undoubtedly frustrate collectors and jazz purists. However, it does succeed in offering an affordable sampler of his classic Columbia recordings for curious listeners — and it succeeds quite well in that regard.
This Is Jazz
This is a phenomenal collection of early Louis Armstrong, probably the most influential genius of American popular music. His "West End Blues" is akin to perfection. It is a sign of American ignorance that the copy I purchased was available not from an American distributor, but one in Germany. If you haven't yet discovered this virtuoso, treat yourself.
Born: August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s