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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Biography

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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