Centennial Anthology [Deluxe Edition]

The Centennial Anthology [Deluxe Edition]

by Louis Armstrong

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Many of the countless Louis Armstrong anthologies that have been assembled over the years have focused on a particular period of the seminal trumpeter/singer's career -- perhaps his Hot Five/Hot Seven jewels of the '20s, perhaps Armstrong in the '40s or '50s. But The Centennial Anthology spans 39 years of his


Many of the countless Louis Armstrong anthologies that have been assembled over the years have focused on a particular period of the seminal trumpeter/singer's career -- perhaps his Hot Five/Hot Seven jewels of the '20s, perhaps Armstrong in the '40s or '50s. But The Centennial Anthology spans 39 years of his long career and does so both aurally and visually. The Centennial Anthology is a two-disc set, though not a two-CD set; the first disc is a 58-minute audio CD spanning 1928-1967, the second a DVD spanning 1932-1967. The audio CD pays the most attention to the early '30s, while the DVD tends to favor the '60s; but taken as a whole, The Centennial Anthology points to the fact that Satchmo was not someone who had good periods and bad periods. Rather, his work was remarkably consistent, and this collection paints an exciting picture of Armstrong whether he is performing "St. James Infirmary" in 1928 (with the Savoy Ballroom Five) or "What a Wonderful World" (his final hit) in 1967. Much of the early-'30s material on the audio CD is definitive, including "Basin Street Blues," "Stardust" (recorded nine years before Artie Shaw's hit 1940 version) and "Body and Soul" -- and even the tracks that fall short of essential are rewarding. The DVD, in fact, is a collector's dream thanks to live-in-the-studio performances from the Goodyear Jazz Concert in 1962 and an early-'30s video of "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" (which Armstrong performs in a humorous fashion that makes the lyrics sound more ironic than biting). Nicely assembled by Athan Maroulis (a highly eclectic vocalist who has performed everything from '40s-style crooner jazz to goth rock and industrial rock). The Centennial Anthology is recommended to hardcore Armstrong devotees who want to see the Dixieland/classic jazz/swing legend in addition to hearing him.

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Disc 1

  1. Stardust
  2. I Got Rhythm
  3. St. James Infirmary
  4. Tiger Rag
  5. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  6. If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight
  7. Memories of You
  8. Body and Soul
  9. You're Driving Me Crazy
  10. Sweethearts on Parade
  11. Just a Gigolo
  12. Shine
  13. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  14. St. Louis Blues
  15. Basin Street Blues
  16. Blueberry Hill
  17. New Orleans Stomp
  18. What a Wonderful World

Disc 2

  1. Hello, Dolly!
  2. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You
  3. Someday (Someday You'll Be Sorry)
  4. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  5. Jerry
  6. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  7. When the Saints Go Marching In
  8. Shine
  9. C'est Si Bon
  10. Hello, Dolly! (Reprise)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist
Urbie Green   Trombone
Lionel Hampton   Drums,Vibes
Earl Hines   Piano
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Budd Johnson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Bill Perkins   Banjo,Guitar
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flugelhorn,Tenor Saxophone
Luis Russell   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Joe Darensbourg   Clarinet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Marty Napoleon   Piano
Mort Herbert   Bass
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Trummy Young   Trombone
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Joe Bailey   Bass
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Lester Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Scoville Brown   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ceele Burke   Banjo,Guitar
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Rupert Cole   Alto Saxophone
Leon Elkins   Trumpet,Leader
William Franz   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Frye   Alto Saxophone
Frank Galbreath   Trumpet
Luther Graven   Trombone
Tubby Hall   Drums
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Leon Herriford   Alto Saxophone
Henry Hicks   Trombone
Hite   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Lavert Hutchinson   Tuba
Preston Jackson   Trombone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Marvin Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
John Lindsay   Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Willie Lynch   Drums
Sam Marowitz   Clarinet,Flugelhorn,Alto Saxophone
Joe Muranyi   Clarinet
Bill Oldham   Bass,Tuba
George Oldham   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Orendorff   Trumpet
Henry Prince   Piano
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Russell Savkas   Bass
Harold Scott   Trumpet
Jimmy Strong   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Trimboli   Flugelhorn,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Wilborn   Banjo,Guitar
Thomas Parshley   Tenor Saxophone
Jewel Brown   Vocals
Bobby Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Ed Anderson   Trumpet
Charlie Alexander   Piano
Billy Cronk   Bass
Gene Prince   Trumpet
Tommy Goodman   Conductor
Art Drellinger   Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Stanfeld   Bass Saxophone
Harvey Brooks   Piano
Harry Dial's Blusicians   Drums
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Theodore McCord   Alto Saxophone
Reggie Jones   Tuba
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson   Trombone
Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio   Piano

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
André Hornez   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Athan Maroulis   Art Direction,Annotation
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Tommy Goodman   Arranger
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Charles Newman   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Peggy Logan   Copy Editing
Joe Primrose   Composer
Julius Brammer   Composer
Vanessa Renée   Composer

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