The Essential Louis Armstrong [Columbia\Legacy]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Even at two discs and 37 tracks, it's difficult to say that this set contains everything that is truly essential from Louis Armstrong's monumental five-decade career. It does, however, do a great job of touching down at key points, and nicely balances Armstrong's various guises as a groundbreaking sideman, soloist, bandleader, singer, and ultimately, American legend, icon, and the very embodiment of the face of jazz. Opening with Armstrong blowing accomplished blues choruses on 1925's "Sugar Foot Stomp" while a member of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, moving through his revolutionary Hot Five and Seven sessions and his years fronting and leading the Armstrong ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Even at two discs and 37 tracks, it's difficult to say that this set contains everything that is truly essential from Louis Armstrong's monumental five-decade career. It does, however, do a great job of touching down at key points, and nicely balances Armstrong's various guises as a groundbreaking sideman, soloist, bandleader, singer, and ultimately, American legend, icon, and the very embodiment of the face of jazz. Opening with Armstrong blowing accomplished blues choruses on 1925's "Sugar Foot Stomp" while a member of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, moving through his revolutionary Hot Five and Seven sessions and his years fronting and leading the Armstrong All-Stars, and concluding with 1968's poignant summation "What a Wonderful World," this lovingly assembled overview sketches a broad outline of perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century. Armstrong's genius on the trumpet is aptly documented here, but so too is his equally innovative vocal style, which raised scat singing to the level of art, and brought the fluid, bending flow of the horn line into pop vocal phrasing, resulting in definitive versions of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Black and Blue" one of the most subtly important vocal performances in the history of Western pop, "Lazy River," "Georgia On My Mind," "Stardust," "Blueberry Hill" before Fats Domino, "Mack the Knife" before Bobby Darin, and "What a Wonderful World." Serious Armstrong fans and collectors will already have everything here, but if you only have room in your collection for a single Armstrong set, and you want something that touches on the full sweep of his jazz and pop contributions, then this is the one to get.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998928022
  • Catalog Number: 89280
  • Sales rank: 7,484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sugar Foot Stomp - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:50)
  2. 2 Cake Walking Babies (From Home) - Clarence Williams' Blue Five (2:58)
  3. 3 Pickin' on Your Baby - Clarence Williams (3:19)
  4. 4 Heebie Jeebies - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:04)
  5. 5 Willie the Weeper - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:13)
  6. 6 Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven (3:03)
  7. 7 West End Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:19)
  8. 8 Basin Street Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five (3:20)
  9. 9 Beau Koo Jack - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:06)
  10. 10 St. James Infirmary (3:23)
  11. 11 Tight Like This (3:21)
  12. 12 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five (3:25)
  13. 13 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:25)
  14. 14 Black and Blue - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:10)
  15. 15 That Rhythm Man - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:12)
  16. 16 St. Louis Blues (3:00)
  17. 17 Bessie Couldn't Help It (3:23)
  18. 18 I'm Confessin' - Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Or (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Memories of You (3:12)
  2. 2 Shine (3:22)
  3. 3 Walkin' My Baby Back Home (3:08)
  4. 4 Blue Again (3:15)
  5. 5 You Rascal You (3:14)
  6. 6 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:26)
  7. 7 Lazy River (3:07)
  8. 8 Stardust (3:37)
  9. 9 Georgia on My Mind (3:20)
  10. 10 Shadrack - Lynn Murray Singers (2:36)
  11. 11 On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:58)
  12. 12 When the Saints Go Marching in (2:45)
  13. 13 Rockin' Chair - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (5:11)
  14. 14 Blueberry Hill - George Jenkins (2:53)
  15. 15 Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:24)
  16. 16 Aunt Hagar's Blues - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (5:00)
  17. 17 Honeysuckle Rose - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (2:55)
  18. 18 A Fine Romance (3:52)
  19. 19 What a Wonderful World (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals, Dialogue
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Paul Barbarin Drums
Louie Bellson Drums
Will Bradley Trombone
Eddie Condon Banjo
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Urbie Green Trombone
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Lionel Hampton Drums, Vibes
Earl Hines Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Dialogue
Hank Jones Piano
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory Trombone
Bill Perkins Banjo
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jerome Richardson Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Vocals
Luis Russell Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Dick Cary Piano
Barrett Deems Drums
Bob Haggart Bass
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko Clarinet
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Zutty Singleton Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Don Redman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Dialogue
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Guitar
Trummy Young Trombone
Gene Anderson Piano, Celeste
Lil Armstrong Piano
Baby Dodds Drums
Joe Bailey Bass
Sidney Bechet Soprano Saxophone
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Lee Blair Guitar
Johnny Blowers Drums
William Thornton Blue Clarinet
Lester Boone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Pete Briggs Tuba
Ray Brown Bass
Ceele Burke Steel Guitar
Red Callender Bass
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Buddy Christian Banjo
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rupert Cole Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bert Curry Alto Saxophone
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Leon Elkins Trumpet, Leader
Fletcher Henderson Piano, Leader
Pops Foster Bass
William Franz Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven Trombone
Tubby Hall Drums
Leon Herriford Alto Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Les Hite Leader, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Homer Hobson Trumpet
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Irvis Trombone
Preston Jackson Trombone
George James Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Marvin Johnson Alto Saxophone
Otis Johnson Trumpet
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
John Lindsay Bass
Bingie Madison Tenor Saxophone
Sam Marowitz Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
"Big" Mike McKendrick Banjo
George Orendorff Trumpet
Henry Prince Piano
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Art Ryerson Guitar
Russell Savkas Bass
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Harold Scott Trumpet
Joe "Fox" Smith Trumpet
Willie Stark Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Strong Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Eva Taylor Vocals
Daniel Trimboli Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington Alto Saxophone
Dave Wilborn Banjo
Clarence Williams Piano, Leader
Milt Yaner Alto Saxophone
Elmer Chambers Trumpet
Thomas Parshley Tenor Saxophone
Willard Suyker Guitar
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Charlie Green Trombone
Carroll Dickerson Violin, Leader
Bob Escudero Tuba
Warren Hard Percussion
Will Johnson Guitar
Carl Poole Trumpet
Fred Robinson Trombone
Charlie Alexander Piano
Mancy Carr Banjo, Vocals
Tommy Goodman Conductor
Albert Washington Jr. Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Stanfeld Baritone Saxophone
Harvey Brooks Piano
Charlie Jones Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shaw, Arvell & the Swing Legacy All-Stars Bass
John Thomas Trombone
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Reggie Jones Tuba
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Eubie Blake Composer
King Oliver Composer
Fats Waller Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Don Redman Arranger
Richard M. Jones Audio Production
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Boyd Atkins Composer
Marty Bloom Composer
Norman Granz Producer, Audio Production
Lew Brown Composer
Langston Curl Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
R.J. Jones Producer
Al Lewis Composer
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Bob Stephens Producer, Audio Production
Larry Stock Composer
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Roy Turk Composer
Byron Warner Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
J. Oliver Composer
Tommy Rockwell Producer, Audio Production
Trixie Smith Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Harry Brooks Composer
Tommy Goodman Arranger
Alex Hill Composer
Walter Melrose Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Robert MacGimsey Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Jacques Richmond Composer
Grant Rymal Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
Traditional Composer
B. James Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Bridget McGoldrick Packaging Manager
Alex "Charlie Brown" Hill Arranger
Charles A. Bayha Composer
John Loengard Cover Photo
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