Louis Armstrong

1940-1942

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While MCA continues to release incomplete samplers of his Decca recordings, the European Classics series has reissued the great trumpeter's performances the best possible way: complete and in chronological order. This final CD has 18 mostly rare big band selections from 1940-42 (highlighted by "I Cover the Waterfront," a remake of "When It's Sleepy Time down South," "Coquette" and "I Never Knew"), along with the four songs recorded by Armstrong during a reunion session with the great soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet (including a heated "Down in Honky Tonk Town"). Ignore the better publicized MCA Louis Armstrong reissues, and get this series instead.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:33
2
3:01
3 3:04
4 2:52
5 3:03
6 2:55
7 3:04
8 3:12
9 2:56
10 2:51
11 2:57
12 3:03
13 3:18
14 2:19
15 3:09
16 2:57
17 2:57
18 2:58
19 3:01
20 2:44
21 2:34
22 2:44
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