Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong's Greatest Hits Live

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Louis Armstrong's performance on this live set (which was actually recorded in England for a television show) was one of the last in which he played trumpet. The CD reissue unfortunately does not list recording dates or personnel (inexcusable omissions). Armstrong's 1968 band included trombonist Tyree Glenn (who sings with Satch on "Rockin' Chair" and takes Velma Middleton's vocal on a humorous "That's My Desire") and clarinetist Joe Muranyi. Armstrong runs through his standard repertoire of the period (including his hits "Mame," "Mack The Knife" and of course "Hello, Dolly") and on trumpet makes every note count. A fine late release although this set pales next to Louis Armstrong's work of even just a few years earlier.

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