Jazz Ambassador: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Louis Armstrong

Jazz Ambassador: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Louis Armstrong

by Scott Robinson
     
 
While most jazz listeners and critics name Louis Armstrong as the genre's foremost innovator, Scott Robinson still believes that certain Armstrong contributions have been overlooked. Whereas Armstrong has received credit for his improvisations and his scat-style singing, few recall his compositions. Jazz Ambassador: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Louis

Overview

While most jazz listeners and critics name Louis Armstrong as the genre's foremost innovator, Scott Robinson still believes that certain Armstrong contributions have been overlooked. Whereas Armstrong has received credit for his improvisations and his scat-style singing, few recall his compositions. Jazz Ambassador: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Louis Armstrong makes just such a case, with multiple instrumentalist Robinson and a handful of other players offering interpretations of 14 pieces written or co-written by Armstrong. What's strange, and kind of neat, is how elastic many of these Armstrong compositions are. One would assume that his music would be played in New Orleans or Dixieland style jazz, but Robinson performs "Hear Me Talkin' to Ya," first played in the '20s, as though it were bebop, and "Someday You'll Be Sorry" as a smooth bit of bossa nova. "Wild Man Blues" features a stripped-down arrangement with Robinson on baritone sax, Pat O'Leary on bass, and Mike LeDonne on organ, altering this oldie into '60s soul-jazz. There's one nice vocal by pianist Mark Shane on "Red Cap," and a bizarre, post-bop take, bordering on free jazz, on the closer "Tears." Jazz Ambassador makes a strong case for Armstrong's compositional skills, and will be an eye opener for those who've long since pigeonholed this early jazz pioneer.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941127522
catalogNumber:
19275
Rank:
272627

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Robinson   Primary Artist,Cornet,Euphonium,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike LeDonne   Organ
Klaus Suonsaari   Drums
Pat O'Leary   Bass,Double Bass
Mark Shane   Piano,Vocals
Larry Ham   Organ,Piano
Indigenafrica   Percussion

Technical Credits

Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Luis Russell   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Scott Robinson   Audio Production
Jim Anderson   Engineer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Lil Hardin   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Victor Selsman   Composer
Percy Venable   Composer
Luke Melton   Graphic Design,Cover Design
Horace Gerlach   Composer
Mister Afari   Director
Mister Fat   Engineer
Ken Hecht   Composer

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