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Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

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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." ...
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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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972327228
  • Catalog Number: 723272
  • Sales rank: 18,933

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. Louis Blues (8:52)
  2. 2 Yellow Dog Blues (4:17)
  3. 3 Loveless Love (4:29)
  4. 4 Aunt Hagar's Blues (4:58)
  5. 5 Long Gone (From the Bowlin' Green) (5:10)
  6. 6 The Memphis Blues (Or Mister Crump) (3:00)
  7. 7 Beale Street Blues (4:57)
  8. 8 Ole Miss Blues (3:26)
  9. 9 Chantez Les Bas (Sing 'Em Low) (4:49)
  10. 10 Hesitating Blues (5:21)
  11. 11 Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet on Your Floor) (4:34)
  12. 12 George Avakian's Interview With W.C. Handy - George Avakian (2:45)
  13. 13 Loveless Love (5:56)
  14. 14 Hesitating Blues (5:40)
  15. 15 Alligator Story (0:47)
  16. 16 Long Gone (From the Bowlin' Green) (7:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Superb Legend is Extraordinary!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gatta Have That Jazz

    I love Louie Armstrong he is my hero. He is a great Trumpet player and I hope to be that way too

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