Jazz 'Round Midnight: Louis Armstrong

Jazz 'Round Midnight: Louis Armstrong

by Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong


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A collection of songs by Louis Armstrong, recorded in the late '50s and early '60s. These are primarily vocal works, mostly pop tunes, with relatively little trumpet work (at least, of his trumpet heyday). Still, there's a reason that Armstrong was so successful commercially with his vocal pop, and that reason is that he's good at it. There's a little bit of sappiness when the Russ Garcia Orchestra joins in on half the tracks, with string sections dropping lush backgrounds into everything. Armstrong is at his best here on the tracks with a small supporting quartet (Ray Brown on bass, Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Louie Bellson on drums). Also, there's one track wherein the New Orleans sound is recreated around Armstrong, though the band that accompanies him doesn't quite stand up to the old Hot Fives. Overall, it's a nice album, though there are certainly better ones available. For his greatest and most revolutionary work, the Hot Fives recordings can be used. For the pop tunes, it's not bad, though there are countless competitors at that end of the album sales spectrum. Pick it up for a quick (and cheap) overview but, more desirably, pass it up in favor of deeper digging into the Armstrong catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1991
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042284342223
catalogNumber: 843422
Rank: 158744


  1. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  2. Sweet Lorraine
  3. That Old Feeling
  4. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
  5. Body and Soul
  6. Makin' Whoopee
  7. Blues in the Night
  8. Tin Roof Blues
  9. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  10. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  11. Stormy Weather
  12. I'll Never Be the Same
  13. We'll Be Together Again

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Louie Bellson   Drums
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Marty Napoleon   Piano
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Buddy Catlett   Bass
Alfred di Lernia   Banjo

Technical Credits

Ben Pollack   Composer
Georg Brunis   Composer
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Paul Mares   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Mel Stitzel   Composer
Alain Tercinet   Liner Notes
Walter Melrose   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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