The Complete Town Hall Concert

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the key turning points of Louis Armstrong's career occurred at the Town Hall concert fully documented on this two-CD set, a reissue of the earlier two-LP release. Armstrong, who had been leading a big band for 18 years, was showcased with some musical friends who were all very complementary players including trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko and cornetist Bobby Hackett, and the results were so exciting that Armstrong soon broke up his orchestra to form a similar all-star sextet. The recording quality of some of the numbers from this concert is erratic but the magic of the music definitely comes through. Highlights include a few tunes on which Louis...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the key turning points of Louis Armstrong's career occurred at the Town Hall concert fully documented on this two-CD set, a reissue of the earlier two-LP release. Armstrong, who had been leading a big band for 18 years, was showcased with some musical friends who were all very complementary players including trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko and cornetist Bobby Hackett, and the results were so exciting that Armstrong soon broke up his orchestra to form a similar all-star sextet. The recording quality of some of the numbers from this concert is erratic but the magic of the music definitely comes through. Highlights include a few tunes on which Louis is backed by just a rhythm section including "Cornet Chop Suey" and an emotional "Dear Old Southland", definitive versions of "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Back O'Town Blues" and a memorable feature for Jack Teagarden on "St. James Infirmary." Recommended for all Louis Armstrong fans who wish to hear the real birth of his All-Stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • Label: Fresh Sounds Spain
  • EAN: 8427328607018
  • Catalog Number: 701
  • Sales rank: 188,221

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Fred Robbins Track Performer
Technical Credits
Earl Hines Composer
Kid Ory Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Don Redman Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Joe Davis Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Don Raye Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Jean-Paul Guiter Reissue Producer
Paul Denniker Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
Percy Venable Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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