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Louis Armstrong -> Claire Austin

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO
 
FRED ASTAIRE
CLAIRE AUSTIN
 

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG Ambassador 1905 Volume 5, 1938-1939 ● CD $15.98
21 tracks - with Fats Waller and various orchestras. Includes alternate takes and radio broadcasts.

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG ASV CDAJA 5049 Mahogany Hall Stomp ● CD $11.98
Trumpeter and combos joined by Hoagy Carmichael for one vocal 1927-1936

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & LUIS RUSSELL ASV CDAJA 5094 1929-41 ● CD $11.98
With Red Allen, Sidney Bechet, Hoagy Carmichael, Claude Jones, Albert Nicholas, etc 

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 44049 The Hot Fives, Vol. 1 ● CD $11.98
First installment of chronological Okeh recordings by young Satchmo in 1925. Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Lil Armstrong and Johnny St. Cyr help out on hepcat classics Heebie Jeebies, Cornet Chop Suey, King Of The Zulus and 13 more.

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia RK 44093 Stardust ● CD $11.98
The classic Big Band sides of 1931-32, last out in the Columbia Special Products format. 

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 44253 The Hot Fives And Hot Sevens, Vol. 2 ● CD $11.98
Okeh recordings in chronological order from 1926/'27 with Kid Ory, Johnny and Baby Dodds, etc. 16 hot trad trendsetters.

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 44422 The Hot Fives And Sevens, Vol. 3 ● CD $11.98
 

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 45142 Volume IV - Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines ● CD $11.98
 

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 46148 Louis Armstrong, Vol. 5: Louis In New York ● CD $11.98
In 1929 Louis Armstrong left Chicago for The Big Apple, where he laid down the 19 Okeh label masters collected in this latest chronological installment. Contained within these cuts are Satchmo's first vocals - I Can't Give You Anything But Love/ Ain't Misbehavin'/ Some Of These Days/ When You're Smiling/ After You've Gone as well as instrumental versions of some of these, Funny Feathers/ How Do You Do It That Way featuring blues vocalist Victoria Spivey, and more. With a stellar studio lineup including Eddie Lang, Jack Teagarden, the Dorsey Brothers, Lonnie Johnson, Zutty Singleton, Joe Venuti, and others. (MB)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 46996 St. Louis Blues, Vol. 6 ● CD $11.98
23 depression-era sides from Satchmo & co. The first 11 selections find him in front of Luis Russell's top-ranked orchestra, opening with alternating vocal and previously unissued instrumental versions of I Ain't Got Nobody/ Dallas Blues/ St. Louis Blues. It is a tribute to Armstrong's musicianship (on vocals and trumpet) that each of these versions is well-developed and very listenable back to back. Much of the credit is due also to pianist Russell's tight unit, who enliven the program of trad, small band swing and tin pan alley material. Following this we get 6 tracks with the Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (Mills Blue Rhythm Band) sporting a slick urban sound, and a hot Tiger Rag with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, plus a handful of syrupy numbers recorded in Los Angeles which close out this otherwise exciting volume. (MB)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 48828 Volume 7 - You're Driving Me Crazy ● CD $11.98
Okeh sessions from June 1926 through May 1927, these are of course some of the greatest jazz recordings ever made, and while frequently reissued, the Columbia engineers really have managed to provide balance and clarity to many of the titles this time around. ( PR)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia C4K 57176 Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man ● CD $59.98
Four CD set.

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Columbia CK 57900 16 Most Requested Songs ● CD $11.98

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Decca Jazz GRD 602 Rhythm Saved The World ● CD $11.98
20 cuts from the early days of the Decca label. The pop orientation of these sessions will always be a factor in their appraisal by jazz lovers, but there can be no debate about Satchmo's mastery of both trumpet and vocals throughout. My faves are the jive-inspired hot swingers Old Man Mose/ I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music. But who can fault his handling of Solitude/ Rhythm Saved The World/ I'm In The Mood For Love and others of equal beauty? As with the Art Tatum disc, there are intermittent problems with distortion, but on the whole, sound quality is very good considering the 1935/36 vintage. (MB)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCHESTRA Decca Jazz GRD 620 Heart Full Of Rhythm - Vol. 2 1936-38 ● CD $11.98
20 Tracks, 58 Min., Recommended This is a smokin' collection of big band swingers, novelty vocal cuts and plain old foot-stompers. Pops, clearly a strong fellow at the time, continually amazes with stunning trumpet phrasing and dynamics; numerous solo passages give the aural impression that he is physically pulling his sidemen along with him. And they're no slouches! The Armstrong Orchestra features Luis Russell, Pops Foster, Red Callendar, Red Allen, Paul Barbarin and J.C. Higginbotham (it was really Russell's band) and, not surprisingly, reveals a hot New Orleans influence. Equally delightful is Armstrong's singing (check out Ev'ntide). Highlights include the title cut, Struttin With Some Barbeque/ Swing That Music (2 versions, 1 with Jimmy Dorsey's group) and On The Sunny Side Of The Street. Great sound and excellent, if slightly high-handed, liner notes by Richard Sudhalter. (PL)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Fremeaux & Associates 001 Gospel, 1931-1941 ● CD $15.98
17 tracks, 51 min., recommended. While giving the name "gospel" to such titles as Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long and As Long As You Live might be taking liberties with the term, calling this music "wonderful" strictly adheres to the definition. All but 2 cuts feature Armstrong proving himself as a singer of rare quality; his gravelly voice has so much character, one suspects he would have been famous even without his trumpet. The tenor of this collection is best exemplified by the song Cain And Abel. When Cain's crime is complete, Satchmo describes the serious scene this way: "Now, God sure was hoppin' mad." Then his -- Armstrong's not God's -- orchestra swings into gear and. . . what was the song about, again? No matter. The last 2 tracks were recorded at Paul Whiteman's Christmas Eve Concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938. Absolute fun. (JC)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Fremeaux & Associates 2701 Gospel, 1931-1941 ● CD $15.98

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & THE MILLS BROTHERS Jazz Archives 157 652 Greatest Hits ● CD $11.98
22 tracks, 60 mins, highly recommended The title is a bit misleading since Louis & The Mills Brothers are only together on 11 tracks and the rest is The Mills Brothers in other settings. Nevertheless this disc is a delight - the tracks with Satch, from 1940, beautifully blend his gravelly vocals and great trumpet work with the brothers glorious harmonies and the brothers also use their voices to provide instrumental backups to Louis's solos. They all seem to be having a great time doing such old favorites as Carry Me Back To Old Virginny/ In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree/ The Flat Foot Floogie/ My Walking Stick/ Boog It/ Marie and others. The boys also perform one track each with Duke Ellington & His Orch and Cab Calloway & Don Redman's Orchestra. Finally there are 9 tracks by the brothers by themselves featuring some of their finest tracks recorded between 1932 and 1939 including Tiger Rag/ St. Louis Blues/ Sweet Sue, Just You/ Some Of These Days/ Caravan, etc. The last of these is an "instrumental" in which, with the exception of the guitar, all the instruments are the brothers voices! Excellent sound. (FS)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG JSP 100 Hot Fives & Sevens ● CD $29.98
Four JSP CDs (312, 313, 314, 315) combined into one special priced set featuring Armstrong's recordings with his Hot Five and Hot Seven between 1925 and 1929 - some of the greatest and most important early jazz recordings. Remastered by John R.T. Davies these are generally considered to be the best sounding reissues of this seminal material.

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG MCA MCAD 31346 The Best Of The Decca Years Vol. 1 - The Singer ● CD $9.98

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & KING OLIVER Milestone 47017 Louis Armstrong & King Oliver ● CD $16.98
Originally a 2-LP set with two Oliver/ Jelly Roll Morton sides, which are now on the Jelly Roll CD. These are the first recordings by the Creole Jazz Band, also the first recordings of cornetists Oliver & Armstrong together. The CJB was a stellar group (Honore Dutrey (tb), Johnny Dodds (cl), Lil Armstrong (p), Baby Dodds (dr) and others), and these 1923 Gennett and Paramount label waxings are regarded by many as the pinnacle of early jazz. From the jaunty strains of Just Gone to the strutting Riverside Blues, the CJB intertwined, showed off and swung in the inimitable New Orleans style. The classics Chimes Blues/ Dipper Mouth/ Zulu's Ball are here, as well as the snappy Alligator's Hop with innovative C melody sax by Stump Evans, and I'm Going Away To Wear You Off My Mind with everyone going full tilt, especially clarinetist Johnny Dodds. Also included are Armstrong's seven sides with The Red Onion Jazz Babies, featuring Sidney Bechet & Buster Bailey. These Gennetts from 1924 include some of blues singer Alberta Hunter's earliest recordings. This 25-track disc is a must, with good clear sound from a mixture of rare and pristine 78's. (MB)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Pablo 2310 941 Mack The Knife ● CD $15.98
Digitally remastered LP of a never before released live performance, with very good sound quality and great playing throughout the eleven song program. Recorded on Armstrong's birthday (July 4th) at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, this release gives us a nice balance of vocal and instrumental cuts. The band here is the second edition of the All Stars featuring the strong playing of Trummy Young - trombone, Edmund Hall - clarinet, and Billy Kyle - piano, on a set that included a varied mix of New Orleans traditional and well-known popular standards. Most outstanding are Mahogany Hall Stomp (from 1929) and the powerful closer Stompin' At The Savoy. LP)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Pearl Flapper 7002 Great Louis Armstrong, 1937-1941 ● CD $20.98

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG RCA Bluebird 6378 Pops: The 1940's Small Band Sides ● CD $9.98
20 of Satch's best for RCA, early versions of The All Stars from 1946-47. Includes his first small group session with Vic Dickenson and Barney Bigard and Leonard Feather (who put the group together) done after 10 years of bland-ish big band recordings for Decca, 3 from his famed 1947 Town Hall Concert with Jack Teagarden, Bobby Hackett & Peanuts Hucko - Back O' Town Blues/ Rockin' Chair/ Ain't Misbehavin' that finally convinced him to disband the big band and sessions done for the movies New Orleans - Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans and A Song Is Born - title tune. 70 minutes (GM)

 
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Rhino 72827 Now You Has Jazz - Louis Armstrong At M-G-M ● CD $11.98

LOUIS ARMSTRONG, BILLIE HOLIDAY ETC Jazz Crusade 3043 New Orleans ● CD $14.98
Original soundtrack from the 1947 movie "New Orleans" including outtakes and music associated with the film.

 
THE ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO Delmark 432 Live 1972 ● CD $14.98
 

FRED ASTAIRE ASV CDAJA 5021 Crazy Feet ● CD $11.98
Not only are these songs pre-Ginger, they're pre-Hollywood. These are soundtrack recordings done by Fred the Broadway star, 20 tunes from such plays as The Gay Divorce/ Funny Face/ Lady Be Good/ The Band Wagon (1926-32) that would much later become films. 4 tunes, inc. Fascinatin' Rhythm & The Half Of It Dearie Blues has George Gershwin piano accompaniment. Inc. Fred's original recordings of Night & Day/ Dancing In The Dark/ Puttin' On The Ritz/ Funny Face/ Crazy Feet . 58 minutes. (GM)

 
FRED ASTAIRE ASV CDAJA 5123 Fred Astaire Vol. 2, Lets Face The Musi ● CD $11.98
Tribute to Astaire & Ginger Rogers, great collection of tunes by Berlin, Gershwin, Kern & Porter

 
FRED ASTAIRE Pearl Flapper 7013 Great Recordings From 1926-1941 ● CD $20.98

 
CLAIRE AUSTIN Original Jazz Classics 1711 Sings When Your Lover Has Gone ● CD $16.98
Originally released on Contemporary in 1956, it's reissued here on CD with the most welcome bonus of her 1954 Good Time Jazz 10" LP, done with Kid Ory's group. Miss Austin's deep voice is equally adept at both the Dixieland of Ory and the west coast modern sound of Shelley Manne and Barney Kessel, and she swings mightily in both genres. The modern album is programmed first, and the title track opener When Your Lover Has Gone is an absolute stunner. The booklet includes liner notes to both albums, and the only known photo of Ms. Austin. Very highly recommended. (MD)

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