Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong & His All Stars (2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 40:07 minutes | 3,16 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96kHz | Time – 40:07 minutes | 777 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD
Here are Louis Armstrong and his All Stars at two different locations in San Francisco 1954, doing what they loved and did best: playing Jazz of a quality defying description, and, as Louis would have said “pleasing the people”. These recordings happily capture Louis and his cohorts at the glorious height of their powers during two engagements (broadcast from the Downbeat and Hangover clubs) of the kind that often formed the All-Stars’ nightly round. Seldom, if ever, have Armstrong and his All-Stars been captured in more exultant form. Such performances as this are seminal to Jazz. Like Louis Armstrong, music like this will never come again.
From the roars of applause that greet Louis Armstrong, every track on this album reveals the All-Stars at the zenith of their creative powers. From ‘Indiana’ presented with a flaring urgency, highlighted by an exultant trumpet solo outstanding even by Armstrong standards to ‘High Society’ which reveals the staggering form that Armstrong was in that night; listen, there is a carefree humour, which shows in a nutshell how to mix hilarity and jazz of monumental worth.
01 – Shadrack
02 – When The Saints Go Marching In
03 – West End Blues
04 – Dummy Song
05 – Tin Roof Blues
06 – My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
07 – Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana)
08 – Big Butter And Egg Man
09 – Back O’Town Blues
10 – When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
11 – High Society
Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,10 – Recorded on January 16, 1954 at Club Hangover, San Francisco, CA.
Tracks 7,8,9,11 – Recorded on December 31, 1954 at Downbeat, San Francisco, CA.
Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocals
Trummy Young – trombone
Barney Bigard – clarinet & vocals on “5”
Billy Kyle – piano
Milt Hinton – bass on “1,2,3,4,5,6,10”
Arvell Shaw – bass on “7,8,9,11”
Kenny Jones – drums
Velma Middleton – vocals on “4”
Contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source.
2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme. 2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry.