Louis Armstrong

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Not only was Louis Armstrong a major jazz star, but his fame as a popular entertainer was growing by the time these sessions were recorded for Decca between 1949 and 1954. Gordon Jenkins provides the arrangements and serves as conductor, although the jazz content is minimal and the music is plagued by the rather dated charts and a rather nauseating choir on over half of the tracks. Likewise, the strings (when present) are overbearing and haven't stood the test of time as well as Armstrong's warm vocals and still potent trumpet, though he isn't featured as a trumpeter all that much. His horn is the highlight of "Chloe," though the overbearing choir makes one long for Spike Jones' satirical version instead. The undisguised attack on bop, "The Whiffenpoof Song," falls flat in a bland easy listening arrangement, though Armstrong's spoof of Dizzy Gillespie's scat vocals is briefly amusing. "Spooks" doesn't stand a ghost of chance -- it's an attempt at vocal Halloween humor that deserved to be left in the vault. This release is not one of the high points of Louis Armstrong's career.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:54 Amazon
2 03:24 Amazon
3 03:24 Amazon
4 04:45 Amazon
5 05:45 SpotifyAmazon
6 06:45 Amazon
7 07:45 SpotifyAmazon
8 08:45 Amazon
9 09:45 Amazon
10 10:45 SpotifyAmazon
11 11:45 SpotifyAmazon
12 12:45 Amazon
13 13:45 Amazon
14:45 Amazon
15 15:45 SpotifyAmazon
16 16:45 Amazon
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