In Scandinavia

In Scandinavia

by Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong


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In 1933, Louis Armstrong was filmed playing before a live audience in Copenhagen, performing "I Cover the Waterfront," "Dinah" and "Tiger Rag." In addition to being an exciting document to watch, it ranks as possibly the first in-concert jazz performance saved for posterity. Its soundtrack launches the Louis Armstrong In Scandinavia four-CD set which includes all of the existing music from Armstrong's many visits through the years to that part of the world. There are three songs from a Stockholm concert a week after the 1933 film and two numbers by the 1949 All-Stars that include Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines. These are erratically recorded and there is a lot of fooling around, but it is great to hear Satch's 1933 solo on "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and the clowning by Teagarden and Barney Bigard on "Twelfth Street Rag." The remainder of this box is better recorded, featuring the Louis Armstrong All-Stars of 1952, 1955, 1959 and 1967. Most of the material was previously unreleased until these sets became initially available as individual CDs. Armstrong is in wonderful form throughout, enjoying himself entertaining large enthusiastic crowds. Even though one can sing some of his set solos note-for-note while hearing these versions for the first time, Satch's sound and feeling generate a lot of excitement. While Trummy Young is the trombonist on the great majority of the performances (Tyree Glenn is on the 1967 date), it is interesting to compare the clarinet solos of Bob McCracken, Peanuts Hucko and Edmond Hall, who sometimes are featured in different years on the same songs. Pianist Marty Napoleon is surprisingly boppish in the 1952 concert, much different than Billy Kyle would be during his long stint with Pops. There is much to discover even on the warhorses. Armstrong fans will definitely want this joyous box.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101860227
catalogNumber: 1088602
Rank: 88926

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Earl Hines   Piano
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Barrett Deems   Drums
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Marty Napoleon   Piano
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Mort Herbert   Bass
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Trummy Young   Trombone,Vocals
Fletcher Allen   Reeds
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Billy Kyle   Piano
Bob McCracken   Clarinet
Velma Middleton   Vocals
Joe Muranyi   Clarinet
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Peter DuConge   Reeds
Justi Barreto   Piano
Lionel Guimaraes   Trombone
Oliver Tines   Drums

Technical Credits

Green   Composer
Chu Berry   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Chris Olesen   Cover Art
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Marc Lanjean   Composer
James Sumner   Composer
Will Handy   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer

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