The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This 16-track collection distills a four-disc set down to one, spotlighting this generally unsung period of Armstrong's career. This period, basically 1932-1947, finds him moving from fronting a big band to forming the first versions of the smaller All-Star groups that would carry him the rest of his career. If the bands are a bit stodgy and not up to his standards of brilliance on these sides, you certainly can't fault Armstrong's performances; he's simply at the peak of his powers, blowing with an invention that didn't surface in later years. As a singer, his vocals are effusive and full of spark. Although not as well known as his early and later material, these RCA sides ...
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All Music Guide - Cub Koda
This 16-track collection distills a four-disc set down to one, spotlighting this generally unsung period of Armstrong's career. This period, basically 1932-1947, finds him moving from fronting a big band to forming the first versions of the smaller All-Star groups that would carry him the rest of his career. If the bands are a bit stodgy and not up to his standards of brilliance on these sides, you certainly can't fault Armstrong's performances; he's simply at the peak of his powers, blowing with an invention that didn't surface in later years. As a singer, his vocals are effusive and full of spark. Although not as well known as his early and later material, these RCA sides capture some important Armstrong, and here's a nice distillation of a peak period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266363629
  • Catalog Number: 63636

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet
Al Casey Guitar
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Kid Ory Trombone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Cozy Cole Drums
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Chubby Jackson Bass
Edgar Sampson Violin, Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Sonny Greer Drums
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Scoville Brown Alto Saxophone
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Caceres Clarinet
Red Callender Bass
Pete Clark Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Duke Ellington Piano
Al Hall Bass
Minor Hall Drums
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet
Louis Hunt Trumpet
Keg Johnson Trombone
Don Kirkpatrick Piano
"Big" Mike McKendrick Banjo, Dobro
Bill Oldham Bass
George Oldham Alto Saxophone
Yank Porter Drums
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Bud Scott Guitar
Billy Strayhorn Piano
John Trueheart Guitar
Elmer Whitlock Trumpet
Charlie Green Trombone
Elmer James Bass, Tuba
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Billy Hicks Trumpet
Technical Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Leonard Feather Producer
Steve Backer Executive Producer
Leon René Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Porter Steele Composer
Ben Ellison Composer
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