Louis Armstrong

The Essential Louis Armstrong [Verve]

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Maybe it is not "essential," but this two-CD set is a definitive look at the Louis Armstrong All-Stars in their later years, when Tyree Glenn was on trombone and the group was riding high from the success of "Hello Dolly." Armstrong's trumpet solos were briefer and stuck closer to the melody (age was taking its toll), yet were still full of beauty and feeling.

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