Louis Armstrong - I Love Jazz!

Louis Armstrong - I Love Jazz!
I Love Jazz!
Recording Date:
April, 1950 - October, 1958
Early Jazz, Traditional Pop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz
Release Date:

This eight-song LP is an excellent studio representation of Louis Armstrong & the All-Stars at work in their prime as a nostalgia act. And just because they were a nostalgia act didn't mean they didn't push the envelope given half a chance, as these recordings did. The personnel list is impressive on its own terms, with Jack Teagarden, Earl Hines, and Barney Bigard together in the small group stretching out on "Twelfth Street Rag," and if the later incarnations of the group aren't as eye-catching in their personnel, they're every bit as much of a pleasure to hear on "Skokiaan" (aka "South African Song"), "Frog-I-More Rag," or the title tune. Pianist Billy Kyle gets the spotlight for a chunk of the extended jam of "Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya" before Peanuts Hucko and Eddie Miller take center stage on clarinet and tenor sax. The medley of "Tenderly"/"You'll Never Walk Alone" shows off the elegant side of the ensemble's playing and makes a good contrast with the jauntier traditional Dixieland sound on most of the disc.

I Love Jazz / Sydney ShawLouis Armstrong2:27
Twelfth Street Rag / Euday L. BowmanLouis Armstrong5:44
Basin Street Blues / Spencer WilliamsLouis Armstrong7:20
Skokiaan (South African Song) / Tom Glazer / August MsarurgwaLouis Armstrong3:50
Frog-I-More Rag / Jelly Roll MortonLouis Armstrong2:28
Otchi-Tchor-Ni-Ya / Walter Gross / Jack LawrenceLouis Armstrong7:29
Tenderly/You'll Never Walk Alone / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersLouis Armstrong7:24
Pretty Little Missy / Louis Armstrong / Billy KyleLouis Armstrong3:31
I Love Jazz / Sydney ShawLouis Armstrong2:26

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