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Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
     

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

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by Louis Armstrong
 

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Today, William Christopher Handy is regarded more as a musical anthropologist who profited highly from the tunes he gathered in the field than as a composer. However, whether or not he actually wrote the raw material he edited into blues and jazz classics, Handy's machinations served a major role in establishing the blues as a major force in American pop. Handy

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Today, William Christopher Handy is regarded more as a musical anthropologist who profited highly from the tunes he gathered in the field than as a composer. However, whether or not he actually wrote the raw material he edited into blues and jazz classics, Handy's machinations served a major role in establishing the blues as a major force in American pop. Handy also gave us dozens of the most playable and singable blues ever put on paper, as Armstrong reestablishes with this 1954 collection of 12 of the best-known works by the "Father of the Blues." This is probably the most familiar edition of Armstrong's All-Stars, starring trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Barney Bigard, and singer Velma Middleton. The first of two Satchlemouthed composer collections produced by George Avakian (the other was SATCH PLAYS FATS), LOUIS PLAYS HANDY is as major a meeting of men and material as has ever beenrecorded.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This recording was not only Louis Armstrong's finest record of the 1950s but one of the truly classic jazz sets. Armstrong and his All-Stars (trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Barney Bigard, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Barrett Deems, and singer Velma Middleton) were clearly inspired by the fresh repertoire, 11 songs written by W.C. Handy. Their nearly nine-minute version of "St. Louis Blues" -- with witty vocals, roaring Young trombone, and a couple of long majestic trumpet solos -- is arguably the greatest version of the oft-recorded song. Other highlights include "Loveless Love," "Beale Street Blues," and a romping version of "Ole Miss Blues." Essential music for all serious jazz collections. [Some reissues also include rehearsal versions of three songs, Louis Armstrong telling a joke, and a brief George Avakian interview with W.C. Handy.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972327228
catalogNumber:
723272
Rank:
3128

Tracks

  1. St. Louis Blues
  2. Yellow Dog Blues
  3. Loveless Love
  4. Aunt Hagar's Blues
  5. Long Gone (From the Bowlin' Green)
  6. The Memphis Blues (Or Mister Crump)
  7. Beale Street Blues
  8. Ole Miss Blues
  9. Chantez Les Bas (Sing 'Em Low)
  10. Hesitating Blues
  11. Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet on Your Floor)
  12. George Avakian's Interview With W.C. Handy
  13. Loveless Love
  14. Hesitating Blues
  15. Alligator Story
  16. Long Gone (From the Bowlin' Green)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Barrett Deems   Drums
W.C. Handy   Track Performer
Trummy Young   Trombone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billy Kyle   Piano
Velma Middleton   Vocals
Arvell Shaw   Bass

Technical Credits

W.C. Handy   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue Series
George Avakian   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Tim Brymn   Composer
Kevin Gore   Reissue Series
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
George Norton   Composer
Jennifer Ebert   Packaging Manager
Mason Coppinger   Engineer
Mason Coppinger   Engineer

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Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a superb delicacy it's to listen to these sweet juicy tunes that had got the blues started. With the jammy berry taste of jazz from sorrow's kitchen to the top of the Broadway dancing swinging with Louis's jazz singing, it would sure rise your spirit to the top of any empire!Just listening to the samples have raised me to the highest limit. For any jazz collectors out there, this has gotta be on your edition. It's deliciously a sweet beginning to the true legend in wonderful form with his band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Louie Armstrong he is my hero. He is a great Trumpet player and I hope to be that way too