Louis Armstrong

Now You Has Jazz: Louis Armstrong at MGM

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More than any other jazz musician before or since, Louis Armstrong had a propensity for entertaining that stood him in good stead when it came time for the cameras to roll. It helped that he had a one-of-a-kind singing and speaking voice and could handle dialogue like a champ and mug shamelessly, but Louis' presence on film was every bit a musical one as it was that of an comic entertainer. Working with the Turner Classic Movie network, Rhino has compiled 25 tracks taken from Armstrong's appearances in the MGM movies The Strip, Cabin In the Sky, Glory Alley, High Society and When the Boys Meet the Girls. Five of the selections ("It's A Most Unusual Day," "One O'Clock Jump," "I'm Coming Virginia," "I Got Rhythm" and "Ain't It the Truth") are compiled from alternate takes and unissued material. While some see Pops as a clown in these films (those of whom are unable to connect the dots between extraordinary musicianship and fine comedic talent, thus making one legendary entertainer), the music reveals that his strong jazz roots were always close to the surface, making for great music to listen to when you can't watch all the mugging that went with it. Nobody put more real jazz into the movies than Louis Armstrong, and here's a solid collection of some of the very best of it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:52
3 2:25
4 2:08
5 2:54
6 2:54
7 4:33
8 2:15
9 5:23
10 1:51
11 2:18
12 2:16
13 3:25
14 3:13
15 1:15
16 1:20
17 2:14
18 1:48
19 2:08
20
feat: Bing Crosby
2:28
21 0:43
22
feat: Bing Crosby
3:07
23
feat: Bing Crosby
4:12
24 2:11
25 1:22
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