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Louis Armstrong/Jack Teagarden/Woody Herman: Midnights at V-disc

Here are two sessions arranged by George Simon for V-Discs in December 1944 and January 1945. On hand at the first were all kinds of famous stars-Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, Lips Page, Jack teagarden, Trummy Young, Don Byas and Cozy Cole among them-with mixed results. there’s rather too much singing, a lugubrious low being reached by Red McKenzie on “Can’t We Talk It Over.” Pops has no trouble topping such warblers as Teagarden and Page in his “I’m Confessin’,” and he emphasizes his trumpet supremacy on “Jack Armstrong Blues.” Pianist Johnny Guarneri is in splendid form and Ernie Caceres blows consistently approriate clarinet throughout. On two takes of “Rosetta” there are enterprising solos from Byas, Shavers and Young, but the trombonist was evidently not invited to sing on the number, one with which he was extremely familiar. Teagarden and Hackett, needless to say, make the expected agreeable appearences.

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