Louis Armstrong

New & Revised Musical Autobiography, Vol. 2

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Originally produced by Milt Gabler for a four-LP set on Decca in 1957, SATCHMO is a peculiar but entirely successful release. Here Armstrong and his All-Stars run through faithful recreations of signature tunes from the first decades of his 50-year career, interspersed with priceless reminiscences from Satch himself about his influences and history. Though Armstrong's inimitable voice and storytelling are the real highlights, the 50s recordings are superb as well. Wisely resisting the temptation to modernize the arrangements, Armstrong and cronies cover his 1927-30 recordings, from favorite originals like "Struttin' With Some Barbecue" and Earl "Fatha" Hines' "My Monday Date" to superior big-band renditions of such pop standards as "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "When You're Smiling."

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