SUGAR - The Best Of The Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Louis Armstrong - Trumpet and Vocals with his Orchestra, Hot Seven,
Dixieland Seven and All Stars. The Chick Webb Orchestra and The
Esquire All - American 1946 Award Winners.
Bluebird ) 09026 - 63851 - 2
This a fascinating re-issue compiled from the complete R.C.A. Victor
set. The tracks on this disc cover the years 1932 - 1947 and take
Louis from his days as a featured soloist and guest star with various
big bands ( some nominally led by him ) to his later glory years with
The All Stars.
1. That's My Home
2. Medley Of Armstrong Hits:
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You; When It's Sleepy Time
Down South; Nobody's Sweetheart
3. I've Got The World On A String
4. I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
5. High Society
6. Basin Street Blues
7. Mahogany Hall Stomp
8. St. Louis Blues
9. Blue Yodel No. 9
10. Long, Long Journey
11. Back 0' Town Blues
13. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
14. Ain't Misbehavin'
15. Rockin' Chair
16. Jack - Armstrong Blues
"That's My Home " is a typical sentimental ballad performance
- the type which only Armstrong or Fats Waller could pull off whilst
retaining any degree of integrity. The medley of hits is notable for
its humorous rendition of "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You
Rascal You" with its vocal recitation for an introduction. "
When It's Sleepy Time Down South" was Armstrong's theme tune
and this is followed by his only known recorded version of "
Nobody's Sweetheart ". The band here is The Chick Webb Orchestra.
The next four tracks feature another big band - probably under the
leadership of Teddy Wilson. The two instrumentals- "High Society"
and " Mahogany Hall Stomp " are particularly good examples
of these New Orleans standards.
"Blue Yodel" has a vocal by Jimmie Rodgers who is regarded
as one of the fathers of Country music and is sometimes cited as a
very early influence on Elvis Presley. This track is one of those
fascinating oddities which occasionally come to light on the more
comprehensive re-issue series.
"Long, Long Journey" is an Esquire All-American Award Winners
disc from 1946, produced by Leonard Feather and introduced by Duke
Ellington - so Armstrong and Ellington did record together prior to
the much vaunted ( and truly excellent ) 1960's session made at the
time of the filming of "Paris Blues"!
The remainder of the selections on this disc are all of a high standard
- the small group sessions being of particular interest as they feature
such soloists as Barney Bigard, Kid Ory and Jack Teagarden. "Rockin'
Chair " and " Jack - Armstrong Blues " are pure delight
as they include the warm vocal interplay between Armstrong and Teagarden.
The level of trumpet playing throughout the disc is, of course, superb.
If you do not feel inclined to splash out on the big box set then
this compilation is most highly recommended.
D.S. is a professional reed player and teacher living
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