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BIRTH OF THE ALL STARS - A Portrait of Louis Armstrong

BIRTH OF THE ALL STARS - A Portrait of Louis Armstrong
CD / Product Number: URCD204

Compiled and notated by the eminent broadcaster and writer Mike Pointon, this is the fifth in our highly acclaimed Portrait series. This is the first CD to trace the background to the touring band that sustained Armstrong's world-wide fame. 21 tracks covering 75 minutes of glorious music from the one and only Sachmo. To paraphrase Alistair Cooke - 'Louis Armstrong is dead - I don't have to believe it if I don't want to.'


Tracks 1-3 Carnegie Hall February 1947
Louis Armstrong with Edmond Hall and his Cafe Society Uptown Orchestra
Louis Armstrong trumpet, vocals - Mouse Randolph trumpet - Henderson Chambers trombone - Edmond Hall clarinet - Charles Bateman piano - Johnny Williams bass, vocals - Jimmy Crawford drums

Tracks 4-7 Town Hall, New York May 1947
Louis Armstrong - Dick Cary piano - Bob Haggart bass - Sidney Catlett drums

Tracks 8-12 Winter Garden Theatre, New York June 1947
Louis Armstrong - Bobby Hackett cornet - Jack Teagarden trombone - Peanuts Hucko clarinet, tenor sax - Ernie Caceras baritone and bass sax - Dick Cary piano - Jack Lesberg bass - George Wetting or Sidney Catlett drums

Tracks 13-14 Los Angeles August 1947
Louis Armstrong - Tommy Dorsey trombone - Benny Goodman clarinet - Charlie Barnet alto sax - Lionel Hampton vibes - Mel Powell piano - Al Hendrickson guitar - Harry Babasin bass - Louis Bellson drums

Track 15 Paris March 1948
Louis Armstrong and the All Stars

Louis Armstrong - Jack Teagarden - Barney Bigard clarinet - Earl Hines piano - Arvell Shaw bass - Sidney Caltlett

Tracks 16-18 New York September 1949
NBC TV, Eddie Condon Floor Show
Louis Armstrong - Bobby Hackett - Jack Teagarden - Peanuts Hucko - Ernie Cacares - Joe Bushkin piano - Eddie Condon - Jack Lesberg - George Wetting

Track 19 New York, September 1949
Louis Armstrong - Jack Teagarden - Joe Bushkin - Eddie Condon - Arvell Shaw - George Wetting

Track 20 New York June 1949
NBC TV Eddie Condon Floor Show
Louis Armstrong - Jack teagarden - Peanuts Hucko - Ernie Cacares - Joe Bushkin - Jack Lesberg - Sidney Cattlett

Track 21 New York March 1949
Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Louis Armstrong - Trummy Young trombone - Barney Bigard clarinet - Bud Freeman tenor sax - Billy Kyle piano - Arvell Shaw - Kenny John drums

Total Time 75.22 minutes

1. Save it Pretty Mama
2. Mahogony Hall Stomp
3. (What I Did to be So) Black and Blue
4. Cornet Chop Suey
5. A Monday Date
6. Dear Old Southland
7. Big Butter and Egg Man
8. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
9. Muskrat Ramble
10. Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?
11. Someday You'll be Sorry
12. Tiger Rag
13. A Song was Born
14. Goldwyn Stomp
15. Ain't Misbehavin'
16. Royal Garden Blues
17. Back O' Town Blues
18. Me and Brother Bill
19. Rockin' Chair
20. Struttin' with Some Barbecue-When it's Sleepy Time Down South
21. Basin Street Blues

Reviews of This Recording

This 1947/54 CD is precious silver, plugging the gap between Louis' 40s big band work and the 50s All Stars routines, a compilation like no other with many different musicians.
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