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Louis Armstrong – Hello, Dolly! (1964/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Hello, Dolly! (1964/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:52 minutes | 807 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

Louis Armstrong’s commercial resurgence with the song “Hello, Dolly!” — a number one hit that unseated the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” from the top spot — came as such a surprise that Kapp Records hastened to produce an album to go along with it. The resulting long-player, appropriately titled Hello, Dolly!, also went to number one and produced a second hit, the inferior “I Still Get Jealous.” As you might predict, almost all of the songs are drawn from Broadway shows, and a couple (a re-recording of “Blueberry Hill”; “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” from Bye Bye Birdie) lend a veneer of hipness to give the album a “1964 touch” without foisting completely inappropriate material on the 60-something Satchmo. Armstrong had one of the most recognizable and personality-laden voices of the 20th century, and although he was past his prime at the time, Hello, Dolly! shows him at his ’60s best. – Greg Adams

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Louis Armstrong – Satchmo Plays King Oliver (1960/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Satchmo Plays King Oliver (1960/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:29 minutes | 744 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Audio Fidelity

“Satchmo Plays King Oliver” is one of those titles that audiophiles have known about for years and a favorite at Hi-Fi shows for demonstration. The first cut, “St. James Infimary” is out of this world like many of the other tunes including a great version of “Frankie and Johnny”. This record is Louis’ tribute to the man who helped shape his trumpet style back in New Orleans and whose invitation to join his band in Chicago put him in the spotlight which has shone on him ever since.

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Louis Armstrong & The Dukes Of Dixieland – Town Hall Concert Plus (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong & The Dukes Of Dixieland – Town Hall Concert Plus (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:18:55 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

This album is made of six numbers from the famous Town Hall concert of 1947, plus offerings from four others, which if not perhaps quite so famous are nevertheless all more than worthy of your attention. Armstrong’s playing in these days was something to marvel at, and his presence a vitalizing effect upon any musicians who teamed up with him. Teagarden never played or sung better than he did here (“St. James Infirmary” to note), but nor for that matter did Bigard. Vic Dickenson, Johnny Hodges, or any of the other musicians who haunt these tracks. The standard throughout is very high, but no one, however well they play, can approach the brilliance of Louis as he soars into his first chorus on “Misbehavin'” with the control and majesty of a seagull on the wing. Teagarden plays well enough on this track, but sandwiched between Louis’ solo and a fantastic lead-in to his final chorus, he sounds almost dull by comparison. Save it, “Pretty Mama” is another tour de force, with Louis playing a solo that is supreme for tightness, and relaxation. The two tracks with Duke are full of interest. Hodges blows beautifully. Duke plays some pleasant piano on “Journey”, and Pops comes on with a blues vocal which is quite inimitable. “Little Girl” and “Mahogany Hall” feature a much more basic beat and Louis plays in a style much nearer New Orleans than was usual in these days. Ory takes a splendid chorus on the second named tune, and the work of both drummers is exceptional.

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Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – New Orleans Nights (1950/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – New Orleans Nights (1950/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:01 minutes | 546 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Louis has a ball with Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden among others on this rare ’50s Decca collection, now on CD for the first time! They do Bugle Call Rag; Basin Street Blues; Panama; Struttin’ with Some Barbecue , and more.

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Louis Armstrong – Singin’ N’ Playin’ (1996/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Singin’ N’ Playin’ (1996/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:51 minutes | 664 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Culled from fairly representative 1959 live recordings of two different versions of Satchmo’s All Stars band, SINGIN’ AND PLAYIN’ suffers from poor sound quality. As always, however, Armstrong’s joy and exuberance manage to shine through. The first three tracks are from the excellent Trummy Young/Billy Kyle version of the All Stars, arguably the band best matched to Armstrong’s unique combination of serious jazz and comedic routines. Listeners interested in this lineup, however, would do well to also pick up the sublime MACK THE KNIFE or THE GREAT CHICAGO CONCERT 1956.

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Louis Armstrong – Louis And The Good Book (1958/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Louis And The Good Book (1958/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:21 minutes | 621 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Louis made many divine recordings, but this 1958 LP was the only one specifically devoted to spiritual songs. At times joyous, solemn, whimsical and moving, this uplifting classic includes Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Go Down, Moses; Didn’t It Rain; Down by the Riverside , and more-plus eight bonus tracks including his celebrated Elder Eatmore mock sermons!

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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Porgy And Bess (1956/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Porgy And Bess (1956/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:06:06 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Porgy and Bess is a studio album by jazz vocalist and trumpeter Louis Armstrong and singer Ella Fitzgerald, released on Verve Records in 1959. The third and final of the pair’s albums for the label, it is a suite of selections from the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. Orchestral arrangements are by Russell Garcia, who had previously arranged the 1956 jazz vocal recording The Complete Porgy and Bess.

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Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis (1957/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis (1957/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:06 minutes | 960 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Ella and Louis is a studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson Quartet, released in October 1956. Having previously collaborated in the late 1940s for the Decca label, this was the first of three albums that Fitzgerald and Armstrong were to record together for Verve Records, later followed by 1957’s Ella and Louis Again and 1959’s Porgy and Bess.

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Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver – The Blues Heritage (1973/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver – The Blues Heritage (1973/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 32:55 minutes | 493 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Olympic Records

King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith are placed together in a compilation of stunning performances outlining The Blues Heritage. The members of this trio are renowned for their contributions to the genre and history.

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Louis Armstrong – The Definitive Album by Louis Armstrong (Remastered) (1970/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – The Definitive Album by Louis Armstrong (Remastered) (1970/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:03 minutes | 689 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Audio Fidelity

Stunningly remastered (even the earliest cuts from 1938 are hiss free, full-bodied and remarkably clear), “Louis Armstrong: The Definitive Collection” includes a 16-page booklet with rare photos and detailed session liner notes. “Satchmo” was a prolific and multi-talented musician whom some consider the most iinfluential jazzman ever, and this 23-song set covers highlights of his legendary career.

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