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Music aside (and there are many fine moments here)...some might have preferred the reissue complete sessions or at least a repackaging of this music in chronological order. The 36 selections are divided into four overlapping sections ("In the Beginning," "The Decca Sessions, Part l," "The Collaborations," "The Decca Sessions, Part 2") and range from sideman stints in the 1920s with clarinetist Johnny Dodds and Fletcher Henderson ("Shanghai Shuffle") to streaky big-band performances from the swing era, five vocal duets and commercial performances (including "Your Cheatin' Heart") from the 1950s...Some classics like "I Double Dare You" are unfortunately overlooked...the CD releases from the European Classics label will likely be more appealing to collectors.

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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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