Rhythm Saved the World

Rhythm Saved the World

by Louis Armstrong


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Rhythm Saved the World

Armstrong's swing-era big band has traditionally been deprecated by critics, both traditionalists who deemed it was too commercial and modernists who considered it too old fashioned. Yet the band the trumpeter fronted in between returning from Europe in 1935 and forming his All-Stars small group in 1946 was a perfect vehicle for his exuberant, brilliant playing and singing. This collection focuses on his first 18 songs (plus two alternate takes) for Decca, when the band was still essentially pianist Luis Russell's orchestra. There are also two tunes with a cadre of studio musicians, including Armstrong idolator and contender to the throne, trumpeter Bunny Berigan. Armstrong essays a mix of show-tunes ("Got a Brand New Suit"), current pops ("Red Sails in the Sunset"), and novelties (none more novel than his own "Ol' Man Mose Is Dead"). Both the band and the man in front of it are never less than stunning.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/1991
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105060226
catalogNumber: 602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Luis Russell   Piano
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Gus Aiken   Trumpet
Jimmy Archey   Trombone
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Lee Blair   Guitar
Leonard Davis   Trumpet
Pops Foster   Bass
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone
Stan King   Drums
Bingie Madison   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Greely Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Ricci   Reeds
Philburn   Trombone
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Harry White   Trombone
Bob Mayhew   Trumpet
Sid Trucker   Reeds
Phil Waltzer   Reeds
Pete Petersen   Bass
Henry Jones   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Louis Armstrong   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Sonny Mediana   Graphic Design
Joe Muranyi   Liner Notes
Zilner Randolph   Composer
Michael Riley   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Eddie Farley   Composer
David Gibb   Graphic Design
Dan Serrano   Graphic Design
Andy Ruggirello   Graphic Design
Larry Rose   Executive Producer
Red Hodgson   Composer
Scott Johnson   Graphic Design
Dave Franklin   Composer
Michael Riley   Composer
Edward Farley   Composer

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