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Louis Armstrong: The Best of Louis Armstrong

The title is hyperbolical, although this may well be the “best” Vanguard has. The two discs contain all or most of a 1965 concert at the Palais des Sports in Paris. Both Billy Kyles and Marty Napoleon are listed in the personnel as pianists and Eddie Shuree (better known as Eddie Shu) and Joseph Muranyi as clarinetists, but only the first in each case is audibly present. At the end of the concert, Armstrong names each musician and has him take a bow, but he does not mention Napoleon or Muranyi. In the “original” notes, one Adele Herbst rehashes stale history and says nothing about the concert. Suffering from the defection of Trummy Young and the absence of Buster Bailey, the All Stars were not at their best.

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