Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
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As Louis Armstrong traversed the globe, bringing jazz to every corner of it, live recordings became the norm. This reissue brings together 1955 concert recordings with the All-Stars from Milan and Amsterdam, buffeted with three previously unreleased bonus studio tracks recorded in New York and Hollywood. Both Satchmo and the All-Stars are in top-notch form here, playing with a real spirit of abandon. Another real good one to add to the collection.
My Dad has this album, in actual album (LP) form, and I grew up listening to it over and over. I came to love the music on it and the incredible energy. Since then, I've looking long and hard to find another album to match it. I can't. Now, this may be just nostalgia or a preference for music I know. I don't think so. I challenge you to listen to this a couple of times and then find another Jazz / Dixieland record that combines the virtuosity of the players, the strong sense of what "works" musically, and just old-fashioned fun that you'll find here. This is the best of the jazz best, at the top of their game. It also includes three tracks that weren't on the LP. From the previews, these sound as good as the rest. Highly recommended!
This is Louis Armstrong at his best. Still young enough to blow the high notes and with great vocal pipes. I've had this album since it was released when I was a teenager. During the 50's Armstrong won the Downbeat poll as best vocalist a couple of times, and you can get a sense of why from this album. My favorites are the Tin Roof Blues, All of Me, Twelfth St. Rag, and the Tiger Rag. Trummy Young and Ed Hall are also superb on trombone and clarinet respectively.