Satch Blows the Blues

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Each of these glorious performances is vivdly touched by the blues, as was so was much else that the rightful King of Jazz recorded. Whether or not one would strictly apply the blues designation in all cases, the tunes collected here -- culled from a time period covering four decades (1928-55)-- are each exceptional examples of Armstrong’s art and provide all the evidence you need to determine his musical genius. His brilliant horn work is well displayed throughout (“West End Blues,” “Tight Like This”), as is his extraordinarily expressive singing (“Black and Blue,” “Memories of You,” “Lawd! You Made the Night Too Long”). Whether interpreting Great American Songbook ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Each of these glorious performances is vivdly touched by the blues, as was so was much else that the rightful King of Jazz recorded. Whether or not one would strictly apply the blues designation in all cases, the tunes collected here -- culled from a time period covering four decades (1928-55)-- are each exceptional examples of Armstrong’s art and provide all the evidence you need to determine his musical genius. His brilliant horn work is well displayed throughout (“West End Blues,” “Tight Like This”), as is his extraordinarily expressive singing (“Black and Blue,” “Memories of You,” “Lawd! You Made the Night Too Long”). Whether interpreting Great American Songbook standards (“When Your Lover Has Gone”) or songs that he made into classics (“Blue, Turning Grey over You,” “Blue Again”), Armstrong coasts through each with the same direct emotionality and formal control. If blowing the blues is about playing and singing straight from the heart, then Louis is indeed doing just that on this entertaining compilation.
All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Of less importance than the concurrent release of The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Hot Five and Seven Recordings is Satch Blows the Blues, since it only distills the great Satchmo into one field he excelled at sort of like a documentary devoted entirely to Babe Ruth's cannon-like throwing arm, but for those deep in the blues themselves, there's no denying the deep-soul balm of "Memories of You" and his famous comment on the effects of racism, "Black and Blue." So many of these songs he would revisit again decades later, such as "When You're Lover Has Gone," but this is the purest form of the deep, dark night of longing, missing, doing without, and licking one's wounds -- with sweet vibraphone, elongated trumpet solos, and his syrupy, sandpapery, sad voice. You can't go wrong with anything international musical ambassador Satchmo did when he was playing honest jazz. This is just the latest entry in Armstrong bins that take up rows and rows in any store; dive in just about anywhere that looks good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998657823
  • Catalog Number: 86578

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 West End Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:20)
  2. 2 Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:17)
  3. 3 St. James Infirmary - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:14)
  4. 4 Tight Like This - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:14)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:03)
  6. 6 Black and Blue - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:02)
  7. 7 Dallas Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:17)
  8. 8 Blue, Turning Grey Over You - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:29)
  9. 9 Memories of You - Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Or (3:12)
  10. 10 Blue Again - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:12)
  11. 11 When Your Lover Has Gone - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:09)
  12. 12 Lawd, You Made the Night Too Long - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:24)
  13. 13 Hesitation Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (5:22)
  14. 14 Memphis Blues (Mister Crump) - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:01)
  15. 15 Beale Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (4:58)
  16. 16 Yellow Dog Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Lionel Hampton Drums, Vibes
Earl Hines Piano
Albert Nicholas Clarinet
Bill Perkins Banjo, Guitar
Luis Russell Piano
Barrett Deems Drums
Zutty Singleton Drums
Don Redman Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Trummy Young Trombone
Gene Anderson Piano, Celeste
Joe Bailey String Bass
Barney Bigard Clarinet
William Thornton Blue Clarinet
Lester Boone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Pops Foster String Bass
Luther Graven Trombone
Tubby Hall Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Les Hite Leader, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Homer Hobson Trumpet
Charlie Holmes Alto Saxophone
Preston Jackson Trombone
George James Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Otis Johnson Trumpet
John Lindsay String Bass
"Big" Mike McKendrick Guitar
George Orendorff Trumpet
Henry Prince Piano
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Harold Scott Trumpet
Arvell Shaw String Bass
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
Carroll Dickerson Violin
Will Johnson Guitar
Fred Robinson Trombone
Charlie Alexander Piano
Mancy Carr Banjo
Albert Washington Jr. Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Eubie Blake Composer
King Oliver Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Zilner Randolph Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Joseph F. Laredo Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
George Norton Composer
Einar A. Swan Composer
Lloyd Garrett Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Hart A. Wand Composer
A. Curl Composer
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