Louis Armstrong

Satchmo in Style

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Satchmo in Style Review

by Ken Dryden

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 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 02:54 Amazon
2 Louis Armstrong feat: Gordon Jenkins 03:24 Amazon
3 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 03:24 Amazon
4 Louis Armstrong feat: Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra 04:45 Amazon
5 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 05:45 SpotifyAmazon
6 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 06:45 Amazon
7 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 07:45 SpotifyAmazon
8 Louis Armstrong feat: Gordon Jenkins 08:45 Amazon
9 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 09:45 Amazon
10 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 10:45 SpotifyAmazon
11 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 11:45 SpotifyAmazon
12 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 12:45 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong feat: Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra 13:45 Amazon
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Louis Armstrong feat: Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra 14:45 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong feat: Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra 15:45 SpotifyAmazon
16 Louis Armstrong feat: George Jenkins 16:45 Amazon
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