Louis Armstrong is surely one of the most influential and enduring artists America has produced. He was America's goodwill ambassador for decades and what he did as a singer and trumpeter touched virtually every performer in jazz and pop music, directly or indirectly. This live set captures Armstrong in his twilight years-age was catching up to him, but the will to perform was still there, and it shows. He is in fine voice here, and his band shares the spotlight with him. The sound is New Orleans/Chicago in the 1920-30s, freewheeling and fun. The program is pop ("Volare," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco") and jazz ("Perdido," "Stompin' At the Savoy") standards, served up with aplomb. WHEN THE SAINTSàis perhaps not the best place to start with Louis, but hard-core fans of the man and his style won't be disappointed.
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