Ken Burns Jazz - Louis Armstrong

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He taught the world how to swing, many critics have said. But before Louis Armstrong taught us that, he had to teach us how to listen. And from his earliest recordings in Chicago as a sideman in King Oliver's band through his triumphs at the head of small groups and big bands of every description -- first in Chicago, then in New York, and, from there, around the world, as America's cultural ambassador -- Armstrong's irrepressible personality no less than his virtuosic trumpet playing and singing taught us something more fundamental. He really taught us how to smile. There probably isn't a corner of the world that hasn't been reached by a Louis Armstrong performance -- whether with one of his "good ol' good ones," ...
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He taught the world how to swing, many critics have said. But before Louis Armstrong taught us that, he had to teach us how to listen. And from his earliest recordings in Chicago as a sideman in King Oliver's band through his triumphs at the head of small groups and big bands of every description -- first in Chicago, then in New York, and, from there, around the world, as America's cultural ambassador -- Armstrong's irrepressible personality no less than his virtuosic trumpet playing and singing taught us something more fundamental. He really taught us how to smile. There probably isn't a corner of the world that hasn't been reached by a Louis Armstrong performance -- whether with one of his "good ol' good ones," with his Hot Five in Chicago of the 1920s, or with "Hello, Dolly!" from Broadway in the 1960s. Wherever, and so long as, there's music, there will be Louis Armstrong. And there will be joy. Satchmo Forever!
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. Louis Armstrong is arguably the most important figure in jazz history -- he was jazz's first real virtuoso and first true improviser; he invented scat singing; and his gravelly, instantly recognizable voice and larger-than-life personality made him a crucial force in popularizing the music. Over the course of 25 tracks, this installment of Ken Burns Jazz traces Armstrong's career from his seminal early sides up through his pop hits of the '50s and early '60s. The set opens with selections from his recordings with the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, some of the most celebrated in jazz thanks to Armstrong's jubilant, impeccably constructed solos. His later pop material isn't as interesting to some jazz purists -- especially since it doesn't always emphasize his instrumental work -- but it went a long way toward cementing Armstrong's status as an icon among the general public and is full of his warmly ingratiating personality. Ken Burns Jazz features the best of the best from both distinct phases of Armstrong's career, and while there are more extensive and cohesive compilations of each, this makes for an extremely strong introduction to one of the greatest figures in American music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646144022
  • Catalog Number: 61440
  • Sales rank: 6,696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chimes Blues - King Oliver & His Creole Jazz Band (2:52)
  2. 2 Cake Walking Babies from Home - Clarence Williams' Blue Five (2:58)
  3. 3 Heebie Jeebies (2:53)
  4. 4 Potato Head Blues (2:57)
  5. 5 West End Blues (3:15)
  6. 6 Tight Like This (3:13)
  7. 7 Mahogany Hall Stomp (3:16)
  8. 8 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:22)
  9. 9 Black and Blue - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:09)
  10. 10 St. Louis Blues (2:58)
  11. 11 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:23)
  12. 12 Blue Again (3:12)
  13. 13 Lazy River (3:05)
  14. 14 Chinatown, My Chinatown (3:16)
  15. 15 Stardust - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:34)
  16. 16 Shadrack - Lynn Murray Singers (2:35)
  17. 17 I Double Dare You (2:58)
  18. 18 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:44)
  19. 19 Marie (2:24)
  20. 20 Rockin' Chair - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (5:10)
  21. 21 Blueberry Hill - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:53)
  22. 22 Mack the Knife (3:23)
  23. 23 A Fine Romance (3:52)
  24. 24 Hello, Dolly! (2:25)
  25. 25 What a Wonderful World (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
The Mills Brothers Track Performer
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Louie Bellson Drums
Will Bradley Trombone
Eddie Condon Banjo
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Urbie Green Trombone
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Earl Hines Piano
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Hank Jones Piano
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
King Oliver Cornet
Kid Ory Trombone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor Drums
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Vocals
Luis Russell Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Dick Cary Piano
Joe Darensbourg Clarinet
Barrett Deems Drums
Bob Haggart Bass
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko Clarinet
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Zutty Singleton Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Don Redman Alto Saxophone, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
John Mills Sr. Vocals
Trummy Young Trombone
Gene Anderson Piano, Celeste
Lil Armstrong Piano
Baby Dodds Chimes, Drums
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Danny Barcelona Drums
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Lee Blair Guitar
Johnny Blowers Drums
Lester Boone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Pete Briggs Tuba
Ray Brown Bass
Red Callender Bass
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Buddy Christian Banjo
Pete Clark Alto Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rupert Cole Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Honore Dutrey Trombone
Pops Foster Bass
Tony Gattuso Banjo
Tubby Hall Drums
Lil Hardin Piano
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Homer Hobson Trumpet
Charlie Holmes Alto Saxophone
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Preston Jackson Trombone
George James Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Otis Johnson Trumpet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Track Performer
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
John Lindsay Bass
Bingie Madison Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Sam Marowitz Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
"Big" Mike McKendrick Banjo, Guitar
Harry Mills Vocals
Herbert Mills Vocals
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Art Ryerson Guitar
Russell Savkas Bass
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Arvell Shaw Bass
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Eva Taylor Vocals
Daniel Trimboli Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
Clarence Williams Piano
Milt Yaner Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Thomas Parshley Tenor Saxophone
Willard Suyker Guitar
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Carroll Dickerson Violin
Warren Hard Percussion
Will Johnson Guitar
Carl Poole Trumpet
Fred Robinson Trombone
Charlie Alexander Piano, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Bill Johnson Banjo
Mancy Carr Banjo
Tommy Goodman Conductor
Albert Washington Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Stanfeld Baritone Saxophone
John Thomas Trombone
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
King Oliver Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Don Redman Arranger
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Boyd Atkins Composer
James Black Composer
Ken Burns Executive Producer
Langston Curl Composer
George Douglas Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Al Lewis Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Bob Thiele Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Herbert Stothart Composer
Terry Shand Composer
Herman Leonard Cover Photo
Darcy Proper Mastering
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Ben Young Discographical Information
Tommy Goodman Arranger
William Jerome Composer
Robert MacGimsey Composer
Henry Troy Composer
Jim Eaton Composer
Jean Schwartz Composer
Carlos Kase Discographical Information
Chris Smith Composer
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
Adam Owett Art Direction
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
A. Curl Composer
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