Storyville Louis Armstrong

Storyville Louis Armstrong

by Louis Armstrong


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Celebrating the relaunch of the seminal European jazz label Storyville (after it was bought from European music publisher Music Sales Group in early 2006), the company decided to release the first six albums in its Masters of Jazz series, one of which is a collection of work by Louis Armstrong. Most of the tracks (the first 14) come from a recording in Chicago during a 1962 session (with Billy Kyle, Billy Cronk, Trummy Young, Joe Darensbourg, and the great Danny Barcelona completing the band), which means that Armstrong is in full pop mode, and the songs included ("The Bucket's Got a Hole in It," "La Vie en Rose," "High Society Calypso," "Mack the Knife") showcase that: Armstrong's distinctly scratchy voice takes up at least as much space as, if not more than, his trumpet. Similarly, the remaining six tracks, culled from performances and broadcasts in the 1940s and '60s, have that same radio-friendly smoothness, though the version of "Way Down South in New Orleans" included here, from an NBC broadcast at the Winter Garden Theater in New York in 1947 with Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Ernie Caceres, Jack Lesberg, Dick Cary, Peanuts Hucko, and George Wettling, is great and brassy and fun in that Dixieland kind of way. All the songs on Storyville Louis Armstrong are clearly performed by talented and professional players, but the poppiness of it will probably disappoint fans wanting to hear the rawness found in Satchmo's earlier horn work.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/11/2006
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101850228
catalogNumber: 1018502
Rank: 104870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louis Armstrong   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Bobby Hackett   Cornet
Earl Hines   Piano
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Dick Cary   Piano
Joe Darensbourg   Clarinet
Peanuts Hucko   Tenor Saxophone
George Wettling   Drums
Trummy Young   Trombone
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henderson Chambers   Trumpet
Rupert Cole   Reeds
Carl Frye   Reeds
Frank Galbreath   Trumpet
Joe Garland   Reeds
Billy Kyle   Piano
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Arvell Shaw   Bass
George Washington   Trombone,Vocals
James Whitney   Trumpet
Billy Cronk   Bass
Bernard Flood   Trumpet
Louis Russell   Reeds

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Hans Nielsen   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Mike Hennessey Chastet   Liner Notes
Anders Stefansen   Producer
Mack David   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Traditional   Composer
H.G. Lewis   Composer

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