Louis Armstrong

Muskrat Ramble

Composed by Kid Ory / Ray Gilbert

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One of the earliest of the celebrated “hot five” recordings, “Muskrat Ramble” is justifiably famous and is outstanding even in such exalted company as Armstrong’s 1926 session. Superbly backed by Kid Ory’s mesmerising trombone that at times competes with Louis’ inspiration trumpet, “Muskrat Ramble” is a magnificent performance, showcasing the strengths of Armstrong’s ensemble, as well as his own individual genius. Even as this early stage, his trumpet playing is magnificent – full of life, and sounding fresh and alive even to modern ears. “Muskrat Ramble” is certainly one of Armstrong’s most distinctive performances, and the track would forever be associated with him.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Satchmo the Great [Columbia] 1956 Blue Night Records
Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography 1957 Verve 6:12
Louis Armstrong, Vol. 5: Blueberry Hill 1961 BMG International / Milan 2:43
No Image 1971 Joker 2:00
The Best of Louis Armstrong [1975 Vanguard] 1975 Vanguard 3:25
The Essential Louis Armstrong (Vanguard) 1976 Vanguard
The Complete Town Hall Concert 1983 RCA 2:03
Louis Armstrong & All-Stars 1947-1950 1987 Forlane 2:18
Hot Fives, Vol. 1 1988 Columbia 2:38
Swing That Music! [Jazz Archives] 1990 Disky
No Image 1991 Columbia River Entertainment Group
Hot 5's & 7's 1925-1928 1991 Laserlight
The California Concerts 1992 Decca / GRP 5:53
No Image 1992 Polygram 3:25
20 Golden Pieces of Louis Armstrong & Friends 1993 Bulldog
New & Revised Musical Autobiography, Vol. 1 1993 Storyville 6:58
Hello Dolly [Four Star] 1994 Four Star 3:41
Highlights from His Decca Years 1994 Decca / Verve 6:16
Millenium Anthology 1994 Millenium Music 2:38
Majestic Years 1994 Avid 2:38
Roots of Jazz 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 2:01
No Image 1995 Jazz Hour
25 Greatest Hot Fives & Sevens 1995 Living Era / ASV/Living Era 2:29
Lover 1995 Dove Audio / Dove 2:44
Live at Winter Garden, New York & Blue Note, Chicago 1995 Storyville 3:02
Sophisticated 1996
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:01
What a Wonderful World [Jazz World] 1996 Jazz World 3:36
Struttin' [Drive Archive] 1996 Drive Archive 2:18
When You & I Were Young Maggie 1996 Ambassador 6:00
Hot Fives 1996 Jazztory Records 2:39
Jazz Big Names, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Musidisc 3:25
Singin' n' Playin' 1996 Laserlight 3:43
Incomparable [Public] 1996 Public Music 3:40
No Image 1997 Goldies
Great Original Performances: 1923-1931 1997 Louisiana Red Hot Records 2:34
Jazz Collection [Laserlight] 1997 Laserlight 6:14
Selection of New Orleans 1997
Various Artists
Gold Sound 2:31
Carnegie Hall Concert 1947 1998 Ambassador 2:26
Swing Time, Vol. 1 [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:36
Gold Collection [Retro] 1998 Retro Records 2:41
Hot Jazz & Dixieland: Gold Collection 1998
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:42
Masters 1998 Eagle Rock / Eagle Records 2:36
The Best of Louis Armstrong 1998 Parlophone / Vanguard 3:32
Cocktail Hour 1999 Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:36
Jazz on a Summer's Day [Great Movie Themes] 1999
Original Soundtrack
Great Movie Themes 2:11
Hear Me Talkin' to Ya 1999 St. Clair 2:35
Sunny Side of the Street 1999 Records 5:30
The Great Louis Armstrong [Platinum] 2000 Platinum Disc 6:11
Jazz & Blues 2000 Blues & Jazz 2:01
No Image 2000 Monaco Entertainment Corporation 2:52
Jazz Collection: On the Road/Singin' & Playin' [2000] 2000 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:43
Satchmo Grooves 2000 Classic World Productions, Inc. 2:50
The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings [Columbia/Legacy] 2000 JSP 2:34
The Great Satchmo 2000 Golden Stars 3:35
No Image 2000 Import 3:35
Cradle of Jazz [Tokuma] 2001
Various Artists
Import 6:12
Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland: Louis Armstrong 2001 Universal / Verve 6:15
Mack the Knife [Goldies] 2001 Goldies 2:38
One Hundred Anniversaire 2001 EPM 2:40
Jazz After Hours 2001 Jazz After Hours 2:36
I Got Rhythm [Simply the Best] 2001 Disky
Mega Jazz 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:34
100 Years Anniversary Collection 2001 Spotlight On 2:43
Jazz in Paris: The Best Live Concert, Vol. 2 2001 Classics & Jazz / Universal Music 3:35
Legendary Satchmo: 100 Years Anniversary 2001 Prestige Elite Records 2:37
The Satchmo Era [20 CD] 2001 Wesgram
C'est Si Bon: Satchmo in the Forties [Box] 2001 Proper Records
The Legendary Satchmo, Vol. 2 2001 Prestige Elite Records 2:37
Golden Greats 2002 Golden Greats / Disky 2:38
No Image 2002 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:00
Jazz Collection: Mack the Knife/Ain't Misbehavin' [#1] 2002 Delta Distribution 2:00
Best of Louis Armstrong [Prestige Elite] 2002 Prestige Elite Records 2:53
The Best of Louis Armstrong: The Best of the Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings 2002 Sbme Special Mkts.
Mr. Jazz 2002 Snapper / Recall (UK) 6:15
From the Big Band to the All Stars 1944-1951 2002 EPM 2:18
A-Z of Jazz 2002
Various Artists
Retro Records
The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Vol. 1 2003 Sony Music Distribution
Dixieland [United Multi] 2003
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 6:09
The Ultimate Collection: Louis Armstrong 2003 Ultimate Music Collection 6:10
Early Years: Recorded Live 1938-1949 2003 Collectables 2:16
At Symphony Hall 2003 BMG / Dreyfus Jazz 6:16
BD Jazz 2004 Nocturne Records 6:21
Louis Armstrong and Friends [DVD] 2004 Storyville 2:14
Tiger Rag [Liquid 8] 2004 Liquid 8 2:50
Louis Armstrong [Madacy 2004] 2004 Madacy 2:01
Trios 2004 Sony Music Distribution 2:31
High Society [Quadromania] 2005 Quadromania Klassik 3:40
No Image 2005 Chacra Licensing 2:52
Hotter than That 2005 Documents 3:40
Legends: Louis Armstrong 2005 Direct Source 2:40
It's Louis Armstrong [10 CD Set] 2005 Documents / Membran
No Image 2005 Jazz Hour
No Image 2005 Solid Gold Records / Union Square 2:32
Hello Dolly/Muskrat Ramble/When the Saints Go Marching In 2005 Musicpro
Birth of the All Stars 2006 Upbeat / Upbeat Jazz Records
Louis Armstrong [Madacy 2006] 2006 Madacy 2:01
The Centennial Album, Vol. 1 2006 Hallmark / Synergie
The Essence of Louis Armstrong 2006 Delta Distribution / Essence Records
Louis Armstrong [BD] 2006 BD Jazz 6:21
The Complete Collection 2007 UMVD 6:17
Now You Has Jazz 2007 Edel Records 5:46
Very Best of Louis Armstrong [Mastersong] 2007 Mastersong
In Scandinavia 2007 Storyville 6:37
Louis Armstrong, Vol. 2 2007 Absord
Presenting Louis Armstrong 2007 Fast Forward Records / Signature 2:55
Retrospective 1923-1956 2007 Saga Jazz 2:33
All of Me [Golden Options] 2007 Golden Options
Essential Jazz 2007 Sony BMG
The Best of the Hot Fives and Sevens 2008 Primo Records 2:34
No Image 2008 Platinum C / WG Productions
Classic Concert Recordings 2008 Golden Stars 5:41
Louis Armstrong: A Portrait 2008 Music & Melody / ZYX Music 6:14
Hits Of The Swing Bands 2008
Various Artists
Sunset Records 2:52
The Legend Lives On 2009 EMI Music Distribution 5:43
The 25 Greatest - Hot Fives and Hot Sevens 2010 United States of Distribution 2:34
Keith Richards' Jukebox 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 2:31
St. Louis Blues [1201 Music] 2011 1201 MUSIC 2:22
The Armstrong Box 2011 Storyville / Storyville Records
No Image 2013 Wagram
No Image 2013 AAO Music 6:10
No Image 2013 Rare Jazz Music Ltd 2:34
101 Jazz Greats
Various Artists
DLG Digital 2:28
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:30
At the Crescendo 1955: Complete Edition Essential Jazz Classics
No Image Prestige Elite Records 2:53
Dixieland Favorites [AAO]
Various Artists
AAO Music / Ultimate Music Collection 6:09
Dynamic Jazz: Louis Armstrong: 50 Essential Tracks DLG Digital 2:28
High Society [History] History 6:12
His Lifemusic Recordings HISTORICAL
Jazz Legends
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
Kings of Swing, Vol. 1 [Sound and Vision]
Various Artists
Sound and Vision 6:16
No Image Jazz Time Records
Live in Amsterdam 1959 Ais / Solar 5:32
No Image Prestige Elite Records 2:37
No Image Odessa Mama 2:00
New Orleans Jazz Favorites
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 6:10
No Image
Various Artists
It Why 2:52
The Real... Columbia
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