Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 6: St. Louis Blues

Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 6: St. Louis Blues

by Louis Armstrong
     
 

Twenty-three of Louis Armstrong's early big-band performances have been reissued complete and in chronological order on the sixth CD in this very valuable Columbia series. Armstrong, whose virtuosity and showmanship by the late 1920s could no longer be confined to a New Orleans jazz format, is heard supported by several different big bands (including See more details below

Overview

Twenty-three of Louis Armstrong's early big-band performances have been reissued complete and in chronological order on the sixth CD in this very valuable Columbia series. Armstrong, whose virtuosity and showmanship by the late 1920s could no longer be confined to a New Orleans jazz format, is heard supported by several different big bands (including Luis Russell's Orchestra) on these classic recordings. And while trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, clarinetist Albert Nicholas, and drummer Lionel Hampton are in the supporting cast, they are completely overshadowed by the leader. "St. Louis Blues," "Song of the Islands," "Dinah," "Tiger Rag," "I'm Confessin'," and "Body and Soul" are given memorable treatment, "Dear Old Southland" is a showcase in which Louis is backed just by pianist Buck Washington, and "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy" is a real tour de force. The latter piece has Armstrong forgetting the words in perfect rhyme and then scatting up a storm before constructing an absolutely perfect trumpet solo. Collectors will want to note that this CD has four previously unheard alternate takes including two of "St. Louis Blues." A gem.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644699623
catalogNumber:
46996

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals,Voices
Hoagy Carmichael   Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Paul Barbarin   Drums,Vibes
Lionel Hampton   Drums,Vibes
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Banjo,Guitar
Luis Russell   Piano,Leader
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Joe Turner   Piano
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Joe Bailey   Upright Bass
William Thornton Blue   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ceele Burke   Banjo,Hawaiian Guitar
Leon Elkins   Trumpet,Leader
Pops Foster   Upright Bass
William Franz   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven   Trombone
Leon Herriford   Alto Saxophone
Henry Hicks   Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Hite   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lavert Hutchinson   Tuba
Marvin Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Willie Lynch   Drums,Leader
Castor McCord   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ted McCord   Alto Saxophone
George Orendorff   Trumpet
Henry Prince   Piano
Harold Scott   Trumpet
Willie Stark   Alto Saxophone
Buck Washington   Piano,Voices
Bobby Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Will Johnson   Guitar
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
Charlie Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Brooks   Piano
Reginald Jones   Tuba

Technical Credits

James P. Johnson   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Contributor
Henry Creamer   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
F.E. Miller   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Byron Warner   Composer
Michael Brooks   Contributor,Source Material
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Tommy Rockwell   Producer
Bob Altshuler   Contributor,Source Material
Brian Peerless   Liner Notes
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Jacques Richmond   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Lloyd Garrett   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Hart A. Wand   Composer
Charles A. Bayha   Composer

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