Verve Jazz Masters 1

Verve Jazz Masters 1

by Louis Armstrong


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Verve Jazz Masters 1

Louis Armstrong recorded for Verve during the years 1956 and 1957. As he approached his 60th year, he was becoming more famous as a charismatic contrabasso profundo vocalist than as an archetypal jazz man whose style and persona shaped the course of jazz and popular music throughout the first half of the 20th century. Released in 1994, volume one in the Verve Jazz Masters reissue series contains 15 examples of Louis Armstrong at his warmest and most accessible. The more intimate material was drawn from his collaborations with pianist Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald; other selections find him singing in reverb backed by a polished, sometimes string-laden orchestra arranged and conducted by Russell Garcia. As if to reconnect with the essence of his original role in the development of classic jazz, Armstrong & His All Stars close the set with the old Dixieland war horse "When the Saints Go Marching In." This little Satchmo sampler is a serviceable introduction to the mature Louis Armstrong that will ensure ready access to a leisurely, nearly nine-minute rendering of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/1994
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451981821
catalogNumber: 519818

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Louie Bellson   Drums
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Barrett Deems   Drums
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Deems   Drums
Trummy Young   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Billy Kyle   Piano
Dale Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Russell Garcia   Arranger,Contributor
Deems   Contributor
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Norman Granz   Producer
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Peter Van Steeden   Composer
Sheryl Lutz-Brown   Art Direction
Harry Clarkson   Composer

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