The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The Definitive Collection devoted to Louis Armstrong takes a reverse chronological view of the pop giant's career, a format that functions surprisingly well considering its intended purpose. Beginning with his last major performance, 1967's "What a Wonderful World," the disc takes listeners on a 75-minute tour that pays closest attention to his pop and vocal landmarks of the '50s and '60s with his All-Stars group, but also reaches back to 1938 to pick up the best moments of his excellent big band. That leaves, of course, his seminal Hot Five sides out in the cold, to be picked up elsewhere. Also briefly surveyed are his multi-album collaboration with Ella Fitzgerald, his lush...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The Definitive Collection devoted to Louis Armstrong takes a reverse chronological view of the pop giant's career, a format that functions surprisingly well considering its intended purpose. Beginning with his last major performance, 1967's "What a Wonderful World," the disc takes listeners on a 75-minute tour that pays closest attention to his pop and vocal landmarks of the '50s and '60s with his All-Stars group, but also reaches back to 1938 to pick up the best moments of his excellent big band. That leaves, of course, his seminal Hot Five sides out in the cold, to be picked up elsewhere. Also briefly surveyed are his multi-album collaboration with Ella Fitzgerald, his lush "Louis with strings" albums arranged by Russ Garcia, his hit duet with Bing Crosby on "Gone Fishin'," and the series of songs "Blueberry Hill," "Mack the Knife" that lengthened his sheet to include not only Jazz Age hero and swing progenitor, but also postwar pop stalwart. Clearly, the career of Louis Armstrong the jazz artist can't be covered thoroughly with anything but a box set that selects material from his entire working life, but as an overview of Louis Armstrong the pop singer, The Definitive Collection is peerless. One caveat: Armstrong's best latter-day pop song, "We Have All the Time in the World" from the 1969 James Bond vehicle On Her Majesty's Secret Service, is sadly missing in action.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498828892
  • Catalog Number: 000489302
  • Sales rank: 17,764

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Louie Bellson Drums
Will Bradley Trombone
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Urbie Green Trombone
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Hank Jones Piano
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Reeds
Kid Ory Trombone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Red Nichols Trumpet
Luis Russell Piano
Dave Barbour Guitar
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Joe Darensbourg Clarinet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Russell Garcia Conductor
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Edmond Hall Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Al Klink Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Sy Oliver Conductor
Babe Russin Saxophone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Dick Taylor Trombone
Trummy Young Trombone
Bill Atkinson Trombone
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Danny Barcelona Drums
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Joe Benjamin Bass
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Lee Blair Guitar
Sandy Block Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Red Callender Bass
Toots Camarata Conductor
Buddy Catlett Bass
Pete Clark Reeds
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rupert Cole Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bob Cusmano Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Pops Foster Bass
Babe Fresk Tenor Saxophone
Tony Gattuso Banjo, Guitar
Squire Gersh Bass
Minor Hall Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Dick Jacobs Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
Bingie Madison Clarinet, Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Joe Muranyi Clarinet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Art Ryerson Guitar
Russell Savkas Bass
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bud Scott Guitar
Arvell Shaw Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Phil Stephens Bass
Melvin Tax Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Trimboli Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Washington Trombone
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Sam Weiss Drums
Charlie Beal Piano
Phil Giardina Trombone
Kenny John Drums
Willard Suyker Guitar
Al Philburn Trombone
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Warren Hard Percussion
Carl Poole Trumpet
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Phillip Shuken Saxophone
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet
Larry Wright Saxophone
John Scott Trotter Conductor
Ed Grady Drums
Sam Markowitz Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Haig Stephens Bass
Jack Chaney Saxophone
Bill Holcombe Baritone Saxophone
Nat Jaffe Piano
Tommy Goodman Conductor
Freddy Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Mayhew Trombone
Perry Borkin Guitar
Raymond Stanfeld Baritone Saxophone
Warren Baker Saxophone
Robert Davidson Drums
Paul "Scooby" Smith Piano
Bobby Guy Trumpet
Commanders Track Performer
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
Fats Waller Composer
Luis Russell Arranger
Russell Garcia Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Fabian André Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Toots Camarata Arranger
Eddie DeLange Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Will Friedwald Essay
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer
George David Weiss Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Michael Kapp Producer
John Scott Trotter Arranger
David Redfern Back Cover
Harry Brooks Composer
Jean-Pierre Leloir Cover Photo
Fred Ebb Composer
Tommy Goodman Arranger
Ted Koehler Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Murray Mencher Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classical Louis Armstrong!

    I love this CD! It has the songs you remember...the ones that defined him!

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