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Priceless Jazz: More Louis Armstrong

Priceless Jazz: More Louis Armstrong

by Louis Armstrong
     
 
A fine collection covering the years 1935 to 1956, with a particular emphasis on Louis Armstrong's late-'30s big band sides, More Priceless Jazz is a very good introduction to one of the more overlooked periods of Armstrong's long and varied career. Because Armstrong had made his name with the seminal Hot Five and Hot Seven sides of the late '20s, some fans

Overview

A fine collection covering the years 1935 to 1956, with a particular emphasis on Louis Armstrong's late-'30s big band sides, More Priceless Jazz is a very good introduction to one of the more overlooked periods of Armstrong's long and varied career. Because Armstrong had made his name with the seminal Hot Five and Hot Seven sides of the late '20s, some fans consider his subsequent move into the big band sound an abandonment of his principles, either not knowing or conveniently forgetting that the pioneering cornet player had first made his name nationally with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1924-1925. Armstrong's skills as a soloist helped to revolutionize the big band sound, and the tracks here in that style rank with the work of greats like Ellington and Basie. Focusing about equally on vocal and instrumental takes, this is a solid, well-balanced collection, with the handful of later small group sides cut with the All-Stars showing how Armstrong's playing changed as he settled into his role as the elder statesman of jazz. And contrary to popular belief, his playing did not necessarily deteriorate. A six-and-a-half minute take of the standard "I Surrender Dear," recorded in April, 1950, is a rare opportunity to hear an Armstrong combo -- in this case the classic Teagarden-Hines-Bigard lineup of the All-Stars -- stretch out over the three-minute maximum Armstrong tended to impose even after upgrades in recording technology meant that songs no longer had to fit on one side of a 78. Armstrong solos with what can only be described as a mellow intensity, as the band plays a relaxed, swinging groove. It's only one of many stunning cuts here.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/1998
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0011105991827
catalogNumber:
9918

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Will Bradley   Trombone
Earl Hines   Piano
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Luis Russell   Piano
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Barrett Deems   Drums
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Trummy Young   Trombone
Gus Aiken   Trumpet
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Lee Blair   Guitar
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Red Callender   Bass
Pete Clark   Alto Saxophone
Rupert Cole   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Leonard Davis   Trumpet
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Pops Foster   Bass
Squire Gersh   Bass
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Bingie Madison   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
John McGee   Trumpet
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone
George Washington   Trombone
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Sam Weiss   Drums
Thomas Parshley   Tenor Saxophone
Philburn   Trombone
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Sid Stoneburn   Clarinet
Harry White   Trombone
Haig Stephens   Bass
Nat Jaffe   Piano
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Jones   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Mack Gordon   Composer
Michael Riley   Composer
Eddie Farley   Composer
Isabelle Wong   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Art Direction
Jim Macnie   Liner Notes
Harry Revel   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Red Hodgson   Composer
Neumann   Composer
Michael Riley   Composer
Edward Farley   Composer

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