The Essential Louis Armstrong [Columbia\Legacy]

The Essential Louis Armstrong [Columbia\Legacy]

by Louis Armstrong



Even at two discs and 37 tracks, it's difficult to say that this set contains everything that is truly essential from Louis Armstrong's monumental five-decade career. It does, however, do a great job of touching down at key points, and nicely balances Armstrong's various guises as a groundbreaking sideman, soloist, bandleader, singer, and ultimately, American legend, icon, and the very embodiment of the face of jazz. Opening with Armstrong blowing accomplished blues choruses on 1925's "Sugar Foot Stomp" while a member of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, moving through his revolutionary Hot Five and Seven sessions and his years fronting and leading the Armstrong All-Stars, and concluding with 1968's poignant summation "What a Wonderful World," this lovingly assembled overview sketches a broad outline of perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century. Armstrong's genius on the trumpet is aptly documented here, but so too is his equally innovative vocal style, which raised scat singing to the level of art, and brought the fluid, bending flow of the horn line into pop vocal phrasing, resulting in definitive versions of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Black and Blue" (one of the most subtly important vocal performances in the history of Western pop), "Lazy River," "Georgia On My Mind," "Stardust," "Blueberry Hill" (before Fats Domino), "Mack the Knife" (before Bobby Darin), and "What a Wonderful World." Serious Armstrong fans and collectors will already have everything here, but if you only have room in your collection for a single Armstrong set, and you want something that touches on the full sweep of his jazz and pop contributions, then this is the one to get.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998928022
catalogNumber: 89280

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Vocals,Dialogue
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Louie Bellson   Drums
Will Bradley   Trombone
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Johnny Dodds   Clarinet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Urbie Green   Trombone
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Lionel Hampton   Drums,Vibes
Earl Hines   Piano,Celeste,Vocals,Dialogue
Hank Jones   Piano
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory   Trombone
Bill Perkins   Banjo
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Luis Russell   Piano
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Dick Cary   Piano
Barrett Deems   Drums
Bob Haggart   Bass
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Grady Tate   Drums
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Don Redman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Dialogue
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo,Guitar
Trummy Young   Trombone
Gene Anderson   Piano,Celeste
Lil Armstrong   Piano
Baby Dodds   Drums
Joe Bailey   Bass
Sidney Bechet   Soprano Saxophone
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Lee Blair   Guitar
Johnny Blowers   Drums
William Thornton Blue   Clarinet
Lester Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Pete Briggs   Tuba
Ray Brown   Bass
Ceele Burke   Steel Guitar
Red Callender   Bass
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Buddy Christian   Banjo
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Rupert Cole   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bert Curry   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Art Drelinger   Tenor Saxophone
Leon Elkins   Trumpet,Leader
Fletcher Henderson   Piano,Leader
Pops Foster   Bass
William Franz   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Graven   Trombone
Tubby Hall   Drums
Leon Herriford   Alto Saxophone
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Hite   Leader,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Homer Hobson   Trumpet
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Preston Jackson   Trombone
George James   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Marvin Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
John Lindsay   Bass
Bingie Madison   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Marowitz   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo
George Orendorff   Trumpet
Henry Prince   Piano
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Russell Savkas   Bass
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Harold Scott   Trumpet
Joe "Fox" Smith   Trumpet
Willie Stark   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Strong   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Eva Taylor   Vocals
Daniel Trimboli   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Crawford Wethington   Alto Saxophone
Dave Wilborn   Banjo
Clarence Williams   Piano,Leader
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Elmer Chambers   Trumpet
Thomas Parshley   Tenor Saxophone
Willard Suyker   Guitar
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Charlie Green   Trombone
Carroll Dickerson   Violin,Leader
Bob Escudero   Tuba
Warren Hard   Percussion
Will Johnson   Guitar
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Fred Robinson   Trombone
Charlie Alexander   Piano
Mancy Carr   Banjo,Vocals
Tommy Goodman   Conductor
Albert Washington   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Raymond Stanfeld   Baritone Saxophone
Harvey Brooks   Piano
Charlie Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shaw, Arvell & the Swing Legacy All-Stars   Bass
John Thomas   Trombone
Reggie Jones   Tuba

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Don Redman   Arranger
Richard M. Jones   Audio Production
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Boyd Atkins   Composer
Marty Bloom   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer,Audio Production
Lew Brown   Composer
Langston Curl   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
R.J. Jones   Producer
Lewis   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Bob Stephens   Producer,Audio Production
Larry Stock   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Roy Turk   Composer
Byron Warner   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
J. Oliver   Composer
Tommy Rockwell   Producer,Audio Production
Trixie Smith   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Harry Brooks   Composer
Tommy Goodman   Arranger
Alex Hill   Composer
Walter Melrose   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Clarence Muse   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Robert MacGimsey   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Jacques Richmond   Composer
Grant Rymal   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Traditional   Composer
B. James   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
Bridget McGoldrick   Packaging Manager
Alex "Charlie Brown" Hill   Arranger
Charles A. Bayha   Composer
John Loengard   Cover Photo

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