The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

by Louis Armstrong


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The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

This 16-track collection distills a four-disc set down to one, spotlighting this generally unsung period of Armstrong's career. This period, basically 1932-1947, finds him moving from fronting a big band to forming the first versions of the smaller All-Star groups that would carry him the rest of his career. If the bands are a bit stodgy and not up to his standards of brilliance on these sides, you certainly can't fault Armstrong's performances; he's simply at the peak of his powers, blowing with an invention that didn't surface in later years. As a singer, his vocals are effusive and full of spark. Although not as well known as his early and later material, these RCA sides capture some important Armstrong, and here's a nice distillation of a peak period.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2000
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266363629
catalogNumber: 63636

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Casey   Guitar
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Kid Ory   Trombone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Cozy Cole   Drums
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Edgar Sampson   Violin,Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Sonny Greer   Drums
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Scoville Brown   Alto Saxophone
Don Byas   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Caceres   Clarinet
Red Callender   Bass
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Hall   Bass
Minor Hall   Drums
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Louis Hunt   Trumpet
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Don Kirkpatrick   Piano
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Dobro
Bill Oldham   Bass
George Oldham   Alto Saxophone
Yank Porter   Drums
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Bud Scott   Guitar
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
John Trueheart   Guitar
Elmer Whitlock   Trumpet
Charlie Green   Trombone
Elmer James   Bass,Tuba
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Billy Hicks   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Leonard Feather   Producer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Leon René   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Porter Steele   Composer
Ben Ellison   Composer

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