I've Got the World on a String/Louis Under the Stars

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Recorded in one marathon session in Hollywood's Capitol Records Tower, these two albums were joined together in a double-CD set in 1999, with new notes, repros of the original LP covers, and a liberal sprinkling of outtakes tacked onto each disc. That these once-overlooked albums have been given such exhaustive treatment -- at full price -- is a sign that they are finally being appreciated as prime samplings from the autumn of Armstrong's recording career. Even in the pressure cooker of a marathon session, even when confronted with standards not often associated with him, Armstrong finds the essence of each tune, bending and projecting them with his patented joie de ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Recorded in one marathon session in Hollywood's Capitol Records Tower, these two albums were joined together in a double-CD set in 1999, with new notes, repros of the original LP covers, and a liberal sprinkling of outtakes tacked onto each disc. That these once-overlooked albums have been given such exhaustive treatment -- at full price -- is a sign that they are finally being appreciated as prime samplings from the autumn of Armstrong's recording career. Even in the pressure cooker of a marathon session, even when confronted with standards not often associated with him, Armstrong finds the essence of each tune, bending and projecting them with his patented joie de vivre and gravel-voiced warmth every time. There are also lots of examples of his trumpet -- pithy, soulful, belonging to no one else -- although the index markings indicate that some solos are composite takes. While annotator Richard M. Sudhalter doesn't think much of arranger Russ Garcia's contribution, in fact, Garcia pulls off several charts for big band and/or strings that are among the most atmospheric ever accorded to Armstrong. In particular, "When Your Lover Is Gone" is sublime, with its signature riff of blasé, sighing horns and responding, rising string tremolos, and Garcia frames "Body and Soul" with a lovely string chart whose penultimate stroke is a perfectly placed blue note. The strings of incomplete takes are particularly interesting, for they reveal the working relationship between Armstrong and Norman Granz, with Armstrong basically subservient to his producer. At their best, these albums create a seductive nighttime ambience that'll draw you in every time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455983128
  • Catalog Number: 559831

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Russell Garcia Conductor
Technical Credits
Russell Garcia Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Peter Van Steeden Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Harry Clarkson Composer
T. Koeler Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Armstrong is KING

    This was an excellent compilation, although a little more of Armstrong's horn would have helped. This CD is nearly an essential for any new jazz listeners, and is well worth the price. If you are in doubt, purchase it anyway! I assure you that you will be pleased.

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