Louis Armstrong

Pops: 1940's Small Band Sides [Bluebird/RCA]

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This superior double album contains his final big-band swing recordings (and two songs from 1956), along with all of his Victor small-group sides (which led to the formation of his All-Stars). One can readily understand why he broke up his orchestra for, despite Armstrong's fine singing and playing, the extra horns by the mid-'40s were operating as a dead weight, anonymously backing him. In contrast, the small group inspired Armstrong to some of his finest playing in years (he builds a long magnificent solo on "Jack-Armstrong Blues") and trombonist/singer Jack Teagarden proved to be a perfect musical partner on tunes like "A Song Was Born" and "Rockin' Chair." Fortunately the combo recordings are now available in CD format on Pops: 1940's Small-Band Sides.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:04
2 3:27
3 2:37
4 3:03
5 2:59
6 3:07
7 2:58
8 3:58
9 5:16
10 4:17
11 4:34
12 3:40
13 3:01
14 3:06
15 3:13
16 2:59
17 3:21
18 3:17
19 2:53
20 3:17
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