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Louis Armstrong: Live in Europe (Dot Time)

Hard to believe, but nearly 50 years after his death we’re still hearing new recordings from Louis Armstrong. Live in Europe, the fourth release of the jazz pioneer’s music from Dot Time Records’ Legacy Series, comprises sets from 1948 at the first Nice International Jazz Festival and a 1952 performance in Berlin. These recordings, never … Read More “Louis Armstrong: Live in Europe (Dot Time)”

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Louis Armstrong: Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars

Even among the collectors and completists for whom it’s intended, a nine-CD box set is not for listening to en masse. It’s best to break it down into constituent segments. In Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, those segments comprise eight complete (or complete surviving) concerts, one of … Read More “Louis Armstrong: Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars”

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Louis Armstrong: The OKeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933

Louis Armstrong’s mammoth canon has been reshuffled and reconfigured so many times that even the most determined collector or student could be forgiven for giving up: Which recordings are truly important, which are marginal and which packages best deliver that music in a meaningful, logical manner? The OKeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933, 10 … Read More “Louis Armstrong: The OKeh, Columbia & RCA Victor Recordings 1925-1933”

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Louis Armstrong: Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours

There is no denying the historical significance of Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours. Recorded on Jan. 29, 1971, the live date was Pops’ penultimate in-person performance-there would be one more in the spring and then Louis Armstrong was gone in July. The event was the inauguration of a new … Read More “Louis Armstrong: Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours”

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Pops: A LIfe of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

The challenge for any biographer approaching a subject whose life story is ingrained in the world’s cellular memory is to introduce something new to that tale. For Pops, his exhaustive Louis Armstrong bio, author Terry Teachout benefited from unprecedented full access to a sizable collection of private reel-to-reel tape recordings Armstrong made over the years … Read More “Pops: A LIfe of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout”

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