By the time of this 1962 concert in Chicago, Louis Armstrong had a fairly set program of favorites which he didn't deviate very far from, but that doesn't mean that this well-recorded set isn't thoroughly enjoyable. Accompanied by long time All Stars Trummy Young on trombone and Billy Kyle on piano, as well as relative newcomers Joe Darensbourg (clarinet), Billy Cronk (bass), and Danny Barcelona (drums), they effortlessly segue from "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" to "(Back Home Again In) Indiana" and "Give Me a Kiss to Build a Dream On" without sounding the least bit tired of these time tested numbers. Of course, Armstrong's vocals were every bit as important as his trumpet at this point, sharing the vocals with the soft voiced Trummy Young on the swinging "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It." Kyle is featured with just the rhythm section in a tasty rendition of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" with the rest of the band only joining in near its conclusion. The more commercial numbers disparaged by hardcore purists are also present, including "Blueberry Hill" and "C'Est Si Bon," but the energy of the performance and the excellent well-balanced sound make up for any perceived shortcomings. While this may not eclipse the live recordings earlier editions of Louis Armstrong & His All Stars, this very delightful concert is heartily recommended to one and all.
AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden