Louis Armstrong

Legends: Hello Dolly

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A trumpet virtuoso when his career began in the 1920s, Louis Armstrong, whose improvisational skills were considerable, was the first important soloist in jazz, and his gruff, raspy vocal style, although it appeared rustic and worn, introduced modern jazz phrasing into pop music, making him, when all was said and done, perhaps the most influential American vernacular musician of the 20th century. This 20-track set, although it skips around and is a bit hit-or-miss at times, features live performances of "Hello Dolly" and "Mack the Knife," as well as classic performances of early jazz standards like "Basin Street Blues" and "St. Louis Blues."

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