Louis Armstrong

Master of Jazz, Vol. 1: Live in Chicago

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A wonderful artifact, this is a prime slice of the latter-day Satchmo with a small all-stars band working through a relatively typical set. The performance ranges from solid to excellent, with the occasional odd flub (such as the uncertain return after Danny Barcelona's first drum solo on "Basin Street Blues"), but the quality of the recording is the key element. The resulting album is a treat to hear. [A 1997 CD release added six bonus tracks.]

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