Louis Armstrong

On the Road [LaserLight]

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No other musician shaped and defined jazz quite like Louis Armstrong. Contrary to the inscription on Jelly Roll Morton's business cards, if anybody was the father of jazz, Armstrong was. ON THE ROAD is the perfect introduction to this inimitable band leader and trumpet icon. A collection of Pops Armstrong's biggest hits, including "Mack the Knife," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "C'est Si Bon," among others, this CD gives listeners a chance to hear this jazz legend really roar.

Armstrong sings on many of these numbers, and of course plays the trumpet with great verve and precision. ON THE ROAD is a live concert probably recorded sometime in the early '60s--unfortunately, the CD's packaging doesn't indicate exactly when or where. Nonetheless, the stereo fidelity of this recording adds to the music's clarity, making Satchmo and his All Stars really sparkle. An extremely enjoyable, stimulating listen.

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