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New Orleans: The Soundtrack
     

New Orleans: The Soundtrack

by Louis Armstrong
 
In 1947, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday starred in New Orleans, a Republic motion picture directed by Arthur Lubin. Initially, music intended for use in the movie to be called New Orleans was recorded in New Orleans on the last day of August and the first

Overview

In 1947, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday starred in New Orleans, a Republic motion picture directed by Arthur Lubin. Initially, music intended for use in the movie to be called New Orleans was recorded in New Orleans on the last day of August and the first day of September 1946 by a genuine New Orleans brass band led by trumpeter Kid Howard and including in its lineup trombonist Jim Robinson and clarinetist George Lewis. Unfortunately, that material was not utilized in the film and therefore does not appear here. The recordings actually used in the flick were made between September 11 and October 17, 1946. Vocals were by Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. The instrumentalists whose work is audible here include trumpeters Louis Armstrong and Mutt Carey, trombonists Kid Ory and Big Chief Russell Moore, clarinetist Barney Bigard, saxophonists Joe Garland, Johnny Sparrow and Lucky Thompson, pianists Charlie Beal and Meade "Lux" Lewis, bassists Red Callender and Arvell Shaw, and drummer Zutty Singleton. Some of the tracks are quite short and were used as filler, so that the tracks run anywhere from 30 seconds to nearly five minutes in duration. Assessments of Hollywood's 1947 feature film New Orleans vary according to taste. Most commentators agree that the plot and script are more or less insufferable, while the casting of Billie Holiday as a chamber maid, although perhaps historically accurate for the period, was a regrettable symptom of deeply ingrained mass bigotry and fits in most horribly with much of the treatment she received as a woman of color during her often difficult life. The music, however, is excellent and well worth investigating.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/1999
Label:
JAZZ CRUSADE RECORDS
UPC:
0712006304326
catalogNumber:
3043

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Kid Ory   Trombone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Papa Mutt Carey   Trumpet
Don Hill   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Robert Butler   Trumpet
Red Callender   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
Andrew "Fats" Ford   Trumpet
Joe Garland   Tenor Saxophone
Amos Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Track Performer
Earl Mason   Piano
Big Chief Russell Moore   Trombone
Bud Scott   Guitar,Vocals
Arvell Shaw   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Sparrow   Reeds
Eli Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Elmer Warner   Guitar
James Whitney   Trombone
Charlie Beal   Piano
Earnest Thompson   Reeds,Baritone Saxophone
John Sparrow   Tenor Saxophone
Edmond McConney   Drums
Nat Allen   Trombone
Louis Gray   Trumpet
Waddey Williams   Trombone
Ed Mullins   Trumpet
Andrew Ford   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Johannes Brahms   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Charlie Dixon   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Big Bill Bissonnette   Liner Notes
Dub Taylor   Art Direction
Bob Carlton   Composer
Klaus Stratemann   Liner Notes
Louis Alter   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Katherine Purvis   Composer

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