Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

by Louis Armstrong

A four-CD sampling of some of the most important work by the greatest jazz musician of them all. Armstrong's virtuosic improvisations came flashing out of the ensembles of early New Orleans like lightning, making jazz a soloist's art form. If that weren't enough, Armstrong more or less invented jazz singing to boot. Beginning with a taste of Armstrong's work with his…  See more details below


A four-CD sampling of some of the most important work by the greatest jazz musician of them all. Armstrong's virtuosic improvisations came flashing out of the ensembles of early New Orleans like lightning, making jazz a soloist's art form. If that weren't enough, Armstrong more or less invented jazz singing to boot. Beginning with a taste of Armstrong's work with his mentor, King Oliver, and moving through his mercurial work as a sideman with Fletcher Henderson and Clarence Williams, this set includes generous helpings of his landmark Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, "Heebie Jeebies," "Struttin' with Some Barbecue," "Potato Head Blues," "Gully Low Blues," "West End Blues," -- with an unaccompanied Armstrong introduction that alerted the world to the artistic potential of jazz improvisation --and the stunning duet with Earl Hines, "Weather Bird"-- the template for 20th-century music was engraved here. This set moves on to the Louis Armstrong Orchestra, his powerhouse big band of the 1930s, beginning with his landmark 1929 reworking of the popular hit "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." One of PORTRAIT's virtues is its gathering of Armstrong's work as a sideman with an array of singers, from the blues singers (Bessie Smith, Maggie Jones, Bertha "Chippie" Hill) to the obscurities (Hociel Thomas, Lillie Delk Christian, Seger Ellis) to "The Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers, the single meeting of the father of country music and the father of jazz. Indeed, the public may have called him "Satchmo," but jazz musicians always called him "Pops," the father of them all. Every jazz musician can reiterate Dizzy Gillespie's four-word tribute to Louis Armstrong: "No him, no me."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This four-CD set does its best to summarize Louis Armstrong's career during 1923-1934, reissuing 81 of his finest recordings. The problem is that virtually all of the innovative trumpeter/vocalist's records from the era (particularly 1923-1931) are essential, and collectors will want to work on acquiring more complete series, so this box is most highly recommended to beginners. Armstrong's career is traced through his periods with King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson, and his better performances with blues singers and Clarence Williams's Blue Five, to his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven sessions, and his dates with big bands. Most of the classics are here, and the 78-page booklet has some typically insightful liner notes by Dan Morgenstern (in addition to many colorful photos).

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Disc 1

  1. Chimes Blues
  2. Snake Rag
  3. Tears
  4. Texas Moaner Blues
  5. Everybody Loves My Baby
  6. Naughty Man
  7. Changeable Daddy of Mine
  8. Anybody Here Want to Try My Cabbage?
  9. Good Time Flat Blues
  10. Cake Walking Babies from Home
  11. Pickin' on Your Baby
  12. St. Louis Blues
  13. Sobbin' Hearted Blues
  14. Papa De-Da-Da
  15. Sugar Foot Stomp
  16. Alone at Last
  17. T.N.T
  18. You Can't Shush Katie (The Gabbiest Girl in Town)
  19. Low Land Blues
  20. Gut Bucket Blues

Disc 2

  1. Listen to Ma
  2. Heebie Jeebies
  3. Cornet Chop Suey
  4. Stomp off, Let's Go
  5. The Bridwell Blues
  6. King of the Zulus
  7. Skid-Dat-De-Dat
  8. Big Butter and Egg Man
  9. Pleadin' for the Blues
  10. Wild Man Blues
  11. Chicago Breakdown
  12. Potato Head Blues
  13. Weary Blues
  14. Gully Low Blues
  15. Put 'Em Down Blues
  16. Struttin' With Some Barbecue
  17. Hotter Than That
  18. Savoy Blues
  19. Too Busy!
  20. Skip the Gutter

Disc 3

  1. A Monday Date
  2. West End Blues
  3. Two Deuces
  4. Symphonic Raps
  5. Basin Street Blues
  6. No One Else But You
  7. Beau Koo Jack
  8. Weather Bird
  9. Muggles
  10. I Must Have That Man!
  11. Tight Like This
  12. Knockin' a Jug
  13. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  14. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  15. To Be in Love
  16. Ain't Misbehavin'
  17. Black and Blue
  18. That Rhythm Man
  19. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
  20. St. Louis Blues

Disc 4

  1. Song of the Islands
  2. My Sweet
  3. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  4. Standin' on the Corner
  5. I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas)
  6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  7. Memories of You
  8. Sweethearts on Parade
  9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  10. Blue Again
  11. When Your Lover Has Gone
  12. Lazy River
  13. Chinatown, My Chinatown
  14. Stardust
  15. Stardust
  16. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  17. I've Got the World on a String
  18. Basin Street Blues
  19. On the Sunny Side of the Street, Pt. 1
  20. On the Sunny Side of the Street, Pt. 2
  21. Song of the Vipers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Bessie Smith   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmie Rodgers   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Lionel Hampton   Drums,Vibes
Earl Hines   Piano,Celeste,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
King Oliver   Cornet
Kid Ory   Trombone,Vocals
Bill Perkins   Banjo,Guitar
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Luis Russell   Piano
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Herman Chittison   Piano
Roy Palmer   Trombone
Jimmie Noone   Clarinet
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Joe Turner   Piano
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard M. Jones   Piano
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Eddie Alkins   Trombone
Gene Anderson   Piano,Celeste
Lil Armstrong   Piano,Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Boyd Atkins   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Baby Dodds   Chimes,Drums,Vocals
Joe Bailey   Tuba,Upright Bass,String Bass
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Jimmy Bertrand   Drums,Wood Block
Barney Bigard   Tenor Saxophone
Lester Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pete Briggs   Tuba
Scoville Brown   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ceele Burke   Banjo,Steel Guitar
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Christian   Banjo
L.Z. Cooper   Piano
Bert Curry   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Honore Dutrey   Trombone
Leon Elkins   Trumpet,Leader
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Pops Foster   Bass,Upright Bass
William Franz   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven   Trombone
Tubby Hall   Drums
Jackie Hamilton   Trumpet
Lil Hardin   Piano
Leon Herriford   Alto Saxophone
Henry Hicks   Trombone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Hite   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Homer Hobson   Trumpet
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lavert Hutchinson   Tuba
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
George James   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Maceo Jefferson   Guitar
Albert Johnson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Johnson   Banjo
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Marvin Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band   Track Performer
Stan King   Drums
John Lindsay   Upright Bass
Fred Longshaw   Piano,Harmonium
Willie Lynch   Drums,Leader
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Castor McCord   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ted McCord   Alto Saxophone
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Guitar
Bill Oldham   Upright Bass,String Bass
George Oldham   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Orendorff   Trumpet
Yank Porter   Drums
Henry Prince   Piano
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Bud Scott   Banjo,Vocals
Harold Scott   Trumpet
Joe "Fox" Smith   Trumpet
Willie Stark   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Strong   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Eva Taylor   Vocals
Buck Washington   Piano
Crawford Wethington   Alto Saxophone
Dave Wilborn   Banjo,Guitar
Clarence Williams   Piano
Bill Wilson   Cornet
Elmer Chambers   Trumpet
Ralph Escudero   Tuba
Justin Ring   Piano,Celeste
Hersal Thomas   Piano
Charlie Green   Trombone
Carroll Dickerson   Violin
Stump Evans   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Bobby Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Will Johnson   Guitar
Norval Morton   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Robinson   Trombone
James Tate   Trumpet
Leslie Thompson   Trumpet
May Alix   Vocals
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
Seger Ellis   Vocals,Track Performer
Bertha "Chippie" Hill   Vocals,Track Performer
Maggie Jones   Vocals,Track Performer
Hociel Thomas   Vocals,Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers   Track Performer
Charlie Alexander   Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Margaret Johnson   Vocals
Charlie Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Reverend Charlie Jackson   Tuba
Mancy Carr   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Walker   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Rip Basset   Banjo,Guitar
Peter DuConge   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Frank Etheridge   Banjo
Teddy Weatherford   Piano
Ellis Whiutlock   Trumpet
Aaron Thompson   Trombone
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven   Track Performer
Carroll Dickerson's Savoyagers   Track Performer
Albert Washington   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Angelo Fernandez   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Alfred Pratt   Tenor Saxophone
Albert Washington   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Brooks   Piano
Reginald Jones   Tuba
Howard Scott   Trumpet
Lillie Delk Christian   Vocals
Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band   Banjo
Richard M. Jones' Jazz Wizards   Piano
Lionel Guimaraes   Trombone
Oliver Tines   Drums
German Arago   Upright Bass
Clarence Babcock   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Nolan Welsh   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Paul Barbarin   Vibe Master
Earl Hines   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Kid Ory   Composer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes,Text
Sam Wooding   Composer
Art Kassel   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Don Redman   Arranger,Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Armand Piron   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Boyd Atkins   Composer
Steve B.   Composer
Vic Berton   Composer
Alan Carter   Cover Art
Chester Cohn   Composer
Langston Curl   Composer
Charlie Dixon   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mark Fisher   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Lil Hardin   Composer
Alexander Hill   Arranger
Dan Morgenstern   Text
Zilner Randolph   Arranger
Don Raye   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bruce Talbot   Executive Producer
Ralph Escudero   Brass Band
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Herbert Stothart   Composer
Carroll Dickerson   Director
Bertha "Chippie" Hill   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Paul M. Martin   Design Associate
Erskine Tate   Director
Alex Hill   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Artie Matthews   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Larry Shay   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer
Henry Troy   Composer
Maurice Abrahams   Composer
Percy Venable   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
Traditional   Composer
B. James   Composer
John Hare   Brass Band
Fay Barnes   Composer
E.J. Bennett   Composer
Nolan Walsh   Composer
Charles E. King   Composer

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