Louis Armstrong

Jazz Heritage: Satchmo Serenades

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Jazz Heritage: Satchmo Serenades Review

by Scott Yanow

The commercial side of Louis Armstrong is shown, with hits ("Blueberry Hill" and "La Vie En Rose") and flops ("Trees," "Indian Love Call") from the early '50s. Backed by orchestras (and often strings) on this LP, the emphasis is on Armstrong the singer as Decca in its latter years tried to make some money. In most cases Satch is better than his material.