A Satchel Full of Satch

A Satchel Full of Satch

by Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong


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Big Bill Bissonnette's Jazz Crusade label has struck it rich again with this release of rare Louis Armstrong performances, some of them released for the first time commercially in the U.S. The album is made up of performances from three different sessions. The first in 1938 is a WNEW radio broadcast in New York City. Among others in the group is Jack Teagarden, who provides a preview of coming events when he joined the Louis Armstrong All Stars ten years later. The second is from the Nice Jazz Festival in 1948. Regrettably, the quality of the sound is not up to the same standard as the other two, but is still acceptable. Finally there is a session from Basin Street East in 1956 with perhaps his most talented incarnation of the All Stars. He lets Edmond Hall take the lead on "Dardanella" with a clarinet that was as disciplined as Benny Goodman's, but much more earthy. One of the highlights of the album is Earl Hines doing his famous "Boogie on St. Louis Blues" with Armstrong inserting the well-known cry, "Father Hines." The 1938 session brings Armstrong and Fats Waller together. They vocalize and instrumentalize together on a couple of tunes, hitting off with a humorous "The Blues," where Teagarden gets a few measures in. There is both well-known and less-familiar material on this CD. Armstrong and Velma Middleton do their slightly blue version of "That's My Desire." One hears Armstrong sing the complete version of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," instead of just humming a few bars as he generally did. And all through this the trumpet is in high-gear. The singing, the trumpet, the playing partners, and the infectious, happy personality of Armstrong make the material on this album a major find. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0712006306924
catalogNumber: 5069979
Rank: 232341


  1. Tiger Rag
  2. Jeepers Creepers
  3. I Got Rhythm
  4. The Blues
  5. Honeysuckle Rose
  6. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  7. I Cried for You
  8. Ain't Misbehavin'
  9. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  10. Boogie Woogie on St Louis Blues
  11. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  12. That's My Desire
  13. Steak Face
  14. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  15. (Back Home Again In) Indiana
  16. Someday You'll Be Sorry
  17. Dardanella
  18. Ole Miss
  19. A Kiss to Build a Dream On

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Earl Hines   Piano,Vocals
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Fats Waller   Piano
Barrett Deems   Drums
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Trummy Young   Trombone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Red Callender   Bass
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Slick Jones   Drums
Billy Kyle   Piano
Velma Middleton   Vocals
Arvell Shaw   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Big Bill Bissonnette   Liner Notes
Carroll Loveday   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Helmy Kressa   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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