Louis Armstrong and His Friends

Louis Armstrong and His Friends

by Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong


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Louis Armstrong's next to last recording (his final one was a few months later singing country songs in front of a Nashville rhythm section) has its touching moments. Backed by a large orchestra, Armstrong (who was too ill to play trumpet) sings some unlikely material including "The Creator Has a Master Plan" (which also features Leon Thomas' yodeling), "We Shall Overcome," "Everybody's Talkin'," and "Give Peace a Chance." The high points occur during "Mood Indigo," "Boy from New Orleans" (during which Louis sums up his life story over the chords of "When the Saints Go Marching In"), and the definitive version of "What a Wonderful World."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667059527
catalogNumber: 1226331
Rank: 59321

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist
Grey   Trombone
Billy Harper   Saxophone
Thad Jones   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Jimmy Owens   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
James Spaulding   Flute
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Leon Thomas   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chuck Rainey   Electric Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Tasha Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Robert Ashton   Saxophone
Julien Barber   Viola
Janice Bell   Choir, Chorus
Arnold Black   Violin
Alfred Brown   Viola
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Stewart Clarke   Violin
Winston Collymore   Violin
Paul Gershman   Violin
Gene Golden   Conga
Manny Green   Violin
Carl Hall   Choir, Chorus
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Charles McCracken   Cello
Kermit Moore   Cello
Gene Orloff   Violin
Frank Owens   Piano
Max Pollikoff   Violin
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
George Ricci   Cello
David Schwartz   Viola
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Ila Govan   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Ledbetter   Choir, Chorus
Alan Schulman   Cello
Jerry Dodgion   Saxophone
Sam Brown   Guitar
Ray Beckenstein   Saxophone
Joe Malin   Violin
Billy Campbell   Trombone
Pretty Purdie   Drums
Daniel Bank   Saxophone
John McWilliams   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Guy Carawan   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Leon Thomas   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Stanley Dance   Original Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bob Katz   Composer
Pharoah Sanders   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer,Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
David Redfern   Cover Photo
Robert Mellin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Lorenzo Pack   Composer
Pauline Rivelli   Composer
Ruth Roberts   Composer

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