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The Essential Louis Armstrong


Download links and information about The Essential Louis Armstrong by Louis Armstrong. This album was released in 1979 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 37 tracks with total duration of 01:59:47 minutes.

Artist: Louis Armstrong
Release date: 1979
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 37
Duration: 01:59:47
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No. Title Length
1. Sugar Foot Stomp (featuring Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra) 2:47
2. Cake Walking Babies (From Home) (featuring Clarence Williams'S Blue Five) 2:55
3. Pickin' On Your Baby (featuring Clarence Williams'S Blue Five) 3:16
4. Heebie Jeebies 3:01
5. Willie the Weeper (featuring His Hot Seven) 3:10
6. Potato Head Blues (featuring His Hot Seven) 3:00
7. West End Blues 3:16
8. Basin Street Blues 3:17
9. Beau Koo Jack (featuring His Savoy Ballroom Five) 3:03
10. St. James Infirmary (featuring His Savoy Ballroom Five) 3:20
11. Tight Like This 3:18
12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (featuring His Savoy Ballroom Five) 3:22
13. Ain't Misbehavin' 3:22
14. Black and Blue 3:07
15. That Rhythm Man 3:09
16. St. Louis Blues 2:57
17. Bessie Couldn't Help It 3:20
18. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (featuring His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra) 3:22
19. Memories of You (featuring His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra) 3:09
20. Shine (featuring His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra) 3:19
21. Walkin' My Baby Back Home 3:05
22. Blue Again 3:12
23. You Rascal You 3:12
24. When It's Sleepy Time Down South 3:23
25. Lazy River 3:04
26. Stardust 3:35
27. Georgia On My Mind 3:17
28. Shadrack 2:33
29. On the Sunny Side of the Street 2:56
30. When the Saints Go Marchin' In 2:42
31. Rockin' Chair (featuring His All Stars) 5:08
32. Blueberry Hill (featuring Gordon Jenkins, Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra, Chorus) 2:51
33. Mack the Knife (featuring His All Stars) 3:21
34. Aunt Hagar's Blues (featuring His All Stars) 4:57
35. Honeysuckle Rose (featuring His All Stars) 2:53
36. A Fine Romance (featuring Ella Fitzgerald) 3:50
37. What a Wonderful World 2:18



Even at two discs and 37 tracks, it's difficult to say that this set contains everything that is truly essential from Louis Armstrong's monumental five-decade career. It does, however, do a great job of touching down at key points, and nicely balances Armstrong's various guises as a groundbreaking sideman, soloist, bandleader, singer, and ultimately, American legend, icon, and the very embodiment of the face of jazz. Opening with Armstrong blowing accomplished blues choruses on 1925's "Sugar Foot Stomp" while a member of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, moving through his revolutionary Hot Five and Seven sessions and his years fronting and leading the Armstrong All-Stars, and concluding with 1968's poignant summation "What a Wonderful World," this lovingly assembled overview sketches a broad outline of perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century. Armstrong's genius on the trumpet is aptly documented here, but so too is his equally innovative vocal style, which raised scat singing to the level of art, and brought the fluid, bending flow of the horn line into pop vocal phrasing, resulting in definitive versions of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Black and Blue" (one of the most subtly important vocal performances in the history of Western pop), "Lazy River," "Georgia On My Mind," "Stardust," "Blueberry Hill" (before Fats Domino), "Mack the Knife" (before Bobby Darin), and "What a Wonderful World." Serious Armstrong fans and collectors will already have everything here, but if you only have room in your collection for a single Armstrong set, and you want something that touches on the full sweep of his jazz and pop contributions, then this is the one to get.