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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of many in the Bluebird's Best series to present ancient classics from the 20th century's seminal jazz and big-band artists, this recording presents a beautiful portrait of the artist as a young man. The 15 titles selected here by Ruby Braff, fellow trumpeter and Armstrong devotee, document a 14-year period 1932-1946 following Satchmo's revolutionary recordings of the '20s. His raspy voice is often well-parodied, but his unique approach to the opening cut, "I've Got the World on a String," shows a unique genius for phrasing. It's more raw than the Frank Sinatra version everyone is familiar with. The vocal is prefaced by a good minute of lush trumpet playing backed ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of many in the Bluebird's Best series to present ancient classics from the 20th century's seminal jazz and big-band artists, this recording presents a beautiful portrait of the artist as a young man. The 15 titles selected here by Ruby Braff, fellow trumpeter and Armstrong devotee, document a 14-year period 1932-1946 following Satchmo's revolutionary recordings of the '20s. His raspy voice is often well-parodied, but his unique approach to the opening cut, "I've Got the World on a String," shows a unique genius for phrasing. It's more raw than the Frank Sinatra version everyone is familiar with. The vocal is prefaced by a good minute of lush trumpet playing backed by Armstrong's own orchestra. Some of the '30s tracks sound a bit muddy and unpolished, but later recordings like "Endie" feature richly textured big-band horn arrangements. "The Blues Are Brewin'" is another standout, featuring a smoother-voiced Armstrong than later generations usually hear. There are some sonic challenges i.e., some technically poor live recordings, but those shortcomings offer a definite charm in helping define this era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828765141529
  • Catalog Number: 651415

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got the World on a String - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:18)
  2. 2 Mahogony Hall Stomp - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:37)
  3. 3 Endie - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:51)
  4. 4 Pennies from Heaven - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:42)
  5. 5 Mighty River - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:44)
  6. 6 I Want a Little Girl - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:01)
  7. 7 Snafu - Esquire All-Americans (4:14)
  8. 8 He's a Son of the South - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (2:40)
  9. 9 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:54)
  10. 10 The Blues Are Brewin' - Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland Seven (2:57)
  11. 11 Sugar - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:25)
  12. 12 That's My Home - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:13)
  13. 13 Save It, Pretty Mama - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (4:27)
  14. 14 Laughin' Louis - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:29)
  15. 15 Fifty-Fifty Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals, Soloist
Bobby Hackett Clarinet Obbligato
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Jack Teagarden Trombone
Peanuts Hucko Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Clarinet Obbligato
Scoville Brown Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Keg Johnson Tuba, Soloist
"Big" Mike McKendrick Banjo, Guitar, Soloist
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Esquire All-Americans Track Performer
Technical Credits
Reuben Jackson Annotation
Billy Moore Jr. Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Carlos Kase Reissue Producer
Michael Barnard Engineer
Ruth Marten Illustrations
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