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More than the music's premier trumpeter and vocalist, Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was the major wellspring of jazz and American pop, the source from which soloists, singers, and orchestrators alike all learned their basic vocabulary. This three-CD set attempts the daunting task of anthologizing the Great Man's multigenerational career under a single roof. Virtually the only thing that's missing are his breakthrough Hot Five recordings of the mid-'20s, although the era is well sampled via other recordings of the period, and though the original classic "West End Blues" isn't here, a fine later remake is. Otherwise, the whole career is pretty well touched ...
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Barnes & Noble - Will Friedwald
More than the music's premier trumpeter and vocalist, Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was the major wellspring of jazz and American pop, the source from which soloists, singers, and orchestrators alike all learned their basic vocabulary. This three-CD set attempts the daunting task of anthologizing the Great Man's multigenerational career under a single roof. Virtually the only thing that's missing are his breakthrough Hot Five recordings of the mid-'20s, although the era is well sampled via other recordings of the period, and though the original classic "West End Blues" isn't here, a fine later remake is. Otherwise, the whole career is pretty well touched upon,encompassing Armstrong's days as a sideman with Fletcher Henderson ("Copenhagen"), his own recording units of the '20s ("Drop That Sack," with Armstrong's band working under his wife's name); his fine big band of the swing era ("Thanks a Million"); duets and meetings with guest stars (such as Jack Teagarden and the Mills Brothers), his more-Dixieland-styled All Stars units of the later years (the great "New Orleans Function"); his "musical autobiography" of 1956 ("Wild Man Blues") and his many charted hit singles as a pop star in the '50s and '60s ("Kiss to Build a Dream On," "Hello Dolly"). No one had a longer or more diverse career than Armstrong, and no one did more to establish what jazz would sound like, then, now, and forever.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Covering over 50 years of Louis Armstrong's career, this three-CD set from the Verve archives starts in the juke joints and speakeasies of the '20s and ends up documenting his pop hits of the '60s. Chronicling the achievements of a prolific and diverse performer of Anderson's caliber is difficult, but this release gives a strong, broad overview of one of the great pioneers of jazz. The Ultimate Collection features jazz greats such as Coleman Hawkins, "Fatha" Earl Hines, and Jack Teagarden, as well as vocal performances by Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, the Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454369923
  • Catalog Number: 543699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Copenhagen - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:00)
  2. 2 Shanghai Shuffle - Fletcher Henderson (2:50)
  3. 3 Stomp off, Let's Go - Erskine Tate (2:55)
  4. 4 Drop That Sack - Lil's Hot Shots (2:49)
  5. 5 Melancholy - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers (3:08)
  6. 6 I'm Goin' Huntin' - Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards (2:56)
  7. 7 I'm in the Mood for Love (3:12)
  8. 8 On Treasure Island (3:06)
  9. 9 Thanks a Million (2:39)
  10. 10 Ev'ntide (2:53)
  11. 11 Dippermouth Blues - Jimmy Dorsey (2:46)
  12. 12 Swing That Music - Jimmy Dorsey (2:51)
  13. 13 Pennies from Heaven - Jimmy Dorsey (4:22)
  14. 14 On the Sunny Side of the Street (2:58)
  15. 15 Once in a While (3:11)
  16. 16 In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (2:20)
  17. 17 Jubilee (2:39)
  18. 18 When the Saints Go Marching In (2:45)
  19. 19 Shadrack (2:35)
  20. 20 Ain't Misbehavin' (2:56)
  21. 21 Jeepers Creepers (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rockin' Chair - Casa Loma Orchestra (3:16)
  2. 2 West End Blues (3:11)
  3. 3 Savoy Blues (3:13)
  4. 4 Hear Me Talkin' to Ya? (3:06)
  5. 5 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (3:15)
  6. 6 You're a Lucky Guy - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (3:18)
  7. 7 Wolverine Blues (3:19)
  8. 8 Sweethearts on Parade (2:51)
  9. 9 Perdido Street Blues (3:07)
  10. 10 2:19 Blues (2:53)
  11. 11 Coal Cart Blues (2:58)
  12. 12 Groovin' (2:53)
  13. 13 Royal Garden Blues (5:03)
  14. 14 Mahogany Hall Stomp (3:54)
  15. 15 Blueberry Hill (2:53)
  16. 16 You Can't Lose a Broken Heart - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (3:15)
  17. 17 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It (3:44)
  18. 18 Panama (5:05)
  19. 19 New Orleans Function/Free as a Bird (6:46)
  20. 20 You Rascal You - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (3:07)
  21. 21 A Monday Date (6:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (3:04)
  2. 2 It's All in the Game (3:24)
  3. 3 Someday You'll Be Sorry - Commanders (3:08)
  4. 4 Basin Street Blues (5:56)
  5. 5 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:22)
  6. 6 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Sy Oliver's Orchestra (4:23)
  7. 7 Weary Blues (3:04)
  8. 8 Wild Man Blues (4:01)
  9. 9 Dippermouth Blues (3:19)
  10. 10 Dear Old Southland (4:14)
  11. 11 Stompin' at the Savoy (5:16)
  12. 12 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (3:59)
  13. 13 Sweet Lorraine (5:14)
  14. 14 Hello, Dolly! (2:27)
  15. 15 What a Wonderful World (2:23)
  16. 16 Cabaret (2:50)
  17. 17 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louis Armstrong Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
The Mills Brothers Track Performer
Bill Doggett Piano
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Paul Barbarin Drums, Vibes
Louie Bellson Drums
Will Bradley Trombone
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Johnny Dodds Clarinet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Dexter Gordon Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Urbie Green Trombone
Earl Hines Piano
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Bill Jennings Guitar
Hank Jones Piano
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Kid Ory Trombone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jerome Richardson Woodwind
Jack Teagarden Trombone, Vocals
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Luis Russell Piano, Conductor
Dave Barbour Guitar
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Dick Cary Piano
Cozy Cole Drums
Joe Darensbourg Clarinet
Barrett Deems Drums
Russell Garcia Performing Ensemble
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Marty Napoleon Piano
Edmond Hall Clarinet, Vocals
Pee Wee Hunt Trombone, Vocals
Al Klink Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Ray McKinley Drums
Johnny Mince Alto Saxophone
Sy Oliver Conductor
Roy Palmer Trombone
Zutty Singleton Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Jimmy Blythe Piano
Tutti Camarata Trumpet, Conductor
Don Redman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Coleman Hawkins Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo
John Mills Sr. Guitar, Vocals
Trummy Young Trombone
Wellman Braud Bass
Bernard Addison Guitar
Gus Aiken Trumpet
Larry Anderson Trombone
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Lil Armstrong Piano
Baby Dodds Drums
Louis Bacon Trumpet
Taswell Baird Trombone
Danny Barcelona Drums
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Frank Beach Trumpet
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Jimmy Bertrand Drums, Washboard
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday Vocals
Lee Blair Guitar
Sandy Block Bass
Johnny Blowers Drums
Tony Briglia Drums
Ray Brown Bass
John Brown Alto Saxophone
Bob Bushnell Bass
Red Callender Bass
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Buddy Catlett Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rupert Cole Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sid Cooper Alto Saxophone
Marshal Cram Trombone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Bob Cusmano Trumpet
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Leonard Davis Trumpet
Charlie Dixon Banjo
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Pops Foster Bass
Joe Garland Tenor Saxophone
Tony Gattuso Banjo
Squire Gersh Bass
Thomas Grider Trumpet
Howard Hall Piano
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Skeets Herfurt Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Roc Hillman Guitar
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Aaron Izenhall Trumpet
Josh Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Otis Johnson Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Billy Kyle Piano
Jack Lesberg Bass
Cappy Lewis Trumpet
Fud Livingston Tenor Saxophone
Bingie Madison Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Mondragon Bass
Sam Marowitz Woodwind
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Don Mattison Trombone
Murray McEachern Trumpet
Dave McRae Baritone Saxophone
Teddy McRae Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Miller Tenor Saxophone
Donald Mills Vocals
Harry Mills Vocals
Herbert Mills Vocals
Joe Muranyi Clarinet
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Art Ryerson Guitar
Kenny Sargent Baritone Saxophone
Russell Savkas Bass
Bud Scott Banjo
Howard Scott Trumpet
Arvell Shaw Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Jack Stacey Alto Saxophone
Phil Stephens Bass
Alvin Stoller Drums
George Thow Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Bobby Van Eps Piano
Greely Walton Tenor Saxophone
George Washington Trombone
Fayette Williams Trombone
Milt Yaner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Sam Weiss Drums
Elmer Chambers Trumpet
Ralph Escudero Tuba
Phil Giardina Trombone
Thomas Parshley Tenor Saxophone
Willard Suyker Guitar
Al Philburn Trombone
Earnest Thompson Baritone Saxophone
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Casa Loma Orchestra Track Performer
Charlie Green Trombone
Dan d'Andrea Tenor Saxophone
Pat Davis Tenor Saxophone
Stump Evans Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Warren Hard Percussion
Bruce Hudson Trumpet
Charlie LaVere Piano
Frances Langford Vocals
Norval Morton Tenor Saxophone
Carl Poole Trumpet
Art Ralston Alto Saxophone
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet
Harry White Trombone
Joe Yukl Trombone
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Track Performer
Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 Track Performer
Sonny Dunham Trumpet
Ed Grady Drums
Grady Watts Trumpet
Bernard Flood Trumpet
Haig Stephens Bass
James Harris Drums
Jack Blanchette Guitar
Dent Eckels Tenor Saxophone
Nat Jaffe Piano
Pat Nizza Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Weatherford Piano
Frank Zullo Trumpet
Tommy Goodman Conductor
Erskine Tate Conductor
Willard Brown Alto Saxophone
Angelo Fernandez Clarinet
Adam Martin Trombone
Alfred Moore Bass
Raymond Stanfeld Baritone Saxophone
John Brown Alto Saxophone
Howard Scott Trumpet
Commanders Track Performer
Henry Jones Alto Saxophone
Fred Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dexter Gordon Arranger
Earl Hines Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
James P. Johnson Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
King Oliver Composer
Luis Russell Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Tutti Camarata Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
Don Redman Arranger, Composer, Vocal Break
Ma Rainey Composer
Louis Armstrong Composer
James Black Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Lew Brown Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
George Douglas Composer
Duke Ellington Liner Notes
Michael Edwards Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Bud Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lil Hardin Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Peter Keepnews Notes Editing
Turner Layton Composer
Teddy McRae Arranger, Composer
F.E. Miller Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Harry Ruby Composer
Bob Thiele Producer
Chappie Willett Arranger
Clarence Williams Composer
Michael Kapp Producer
Alun Morgan Liner Notes
Jack Bradley Cover Photo
Hollis King Art Direction
Tom Greenwood Research Coordination
Tommy Goodman Arranger
Sydney Robin Composer
Robert MacGimsey Composer
Sam Theard Composer
William Tyers Composer
Carlos Kase Research Coordination
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
Charles W. Davis Composer
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