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Cocktail Hour: Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Cocktail Hour: Louis Armstrong
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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The great Louis Armstrong has been called the Father of Jazz, and these two budget-priced discs capture him in full bloom around the late 1920s--although dating the pieces is difficult, as the Cocktail Hour series presents...  more »

      
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All Artists: Louis Armstrong
Title: Cocktail Hour: Louis Armstrong
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Columbia River Ent.
Original Release Date: 5/4/1999
Release Date: 5/4/1999
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: New Orleans Jazz, Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Oldies, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Other Editions: Cocktail Hour-Louis Armstrong
UPC: 723723519429

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The great Louis Armstrong has been called the Father of Jazz, and these two budget-priced discs capture him in full bloom around the late 1920s--although dating the pieces is difficult, as the Cocktail Hour series presents its music without session information. Disc 1 features some great, collaborative Hot Fives sides. These studio-only dates also include legendary, early jazzmen like Kid Ory on trombone and Johnny Dodds on clarinet. "Muskrat Rumble," "Basin Street Blues," and "Cornet Chop Suey" showcase Armstrong's marvelous, life-affirming horn work and vocals in a thriving, collective setting. Disc 2 has Armstrong fronting various big bands (including Lionel Hampton's) as a featured soloist in the early 1930s. Here, his singing and playing are the show, and on tunes such as "I'm a Ding-Dong Daddy (from Ducas)" and "Public Melody Number One," his exuberant trumpet and humorous vocals bring a smile to your heart. Louis Armstrong's vitality, daring, and spirit defined jazz for a generation, and here those qualities are on generous display. --Wally Shoup

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