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Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (1968/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (1968/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 31:36 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © The Verve Music Group

The album, highlighted with his expressive and emotive vocal styling, includes arguably one of the greatest songs ever written, “What A Wonderful World,” a recording that would be inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame and continues to transcend countless generations of music lovers.

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Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald – Ella and Louis (1956) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald – Ella and Louis (1956)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:53 minutes | 959 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | @ Verve Records
Historical Mono Recording

Two of the most influential and popular voices in modern music, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong form a jazz dream team on Ella and Louis. A once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece, their distinctive vocals meld seamlessly together along with Armstrong’s exceptional trumpet playing. This recording has become the touchstone and template for jazz vocal duets. Features the excellent quartet of Oscar Peterson (piano), Buddy Rich (drums), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Ray Brown (bass).

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis (1956/2011) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.82MHz]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella and Louis (1956/2011)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 54:16 minutes | 2,14 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover |  © Verve Music / Analogue Productions XVRJ4003D64
Recorded: August 16, 1956, Capitol Studios, Los Angeles

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

The very fact that America’s biggest jazz label called one of their albums quite simply Ella and Louis indicates that we are talking about something very special here. And surely enough has been said – “Satchmo” and the grande dame of jazz certainly need no further introduction. In the ’50s just the mere mention of their forenames was enough to light up the eyes of jazz fans. A glance at the track list reveals that tranquility rules the day: wild stomps and improvised scats will neither be sought nor missed. Of prime importance to the jazz ballad is a feeling of “letting oneself drift” in the inspiration which gushes forth from the minds of genial American songwriters. This is no contest – for the artists all pursue a common goal with extreme sensitiveness. The background combo, made up of first-class musicians and led by Oscar Peterson, performs with great concentration and almost obtrusive unobtrusiveness. Verve’s highly successful producer Norman Granz decided quite deliberately to make the recording in the studio instead of at a live session. And success has verified his judgment, for such vocal jazz knows only gentle tones – but the result is all the more intensive for that.

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Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong & His All Stars (2018) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

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.

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Louis Armstrong – Now You Has Jazz (2018) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Now You Has Jazz (2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 36:50 minutes | 2,9 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96kHz | Time – 36:50 minutes | 717 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

Whether they called him “Satchmo” or simply the “man with the silver trumpet”, millions of people, from Mongolia to Munich, Milano and Mozambique, recognized the cherubic countenance, gravel voice, and high, rhythmic notes that bought thousands to greet him and hear him wherever he went – the magnetism was, at times, as awesome as his music could be. Louis Armstrong was one of the greatest musicians jazz ever produced, perhaps – and few, if any, will argue against this – the greatest.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella And Louis Again (1957/2003/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella And Louis Again (1957/2003/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 90:26 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Front cover
Historical Mono Recording | Includes Bonus Disc with 10 additional songs

Stylistically, singer Fitzgerald and trumpeter/singer Armstrong had very different histories; he started out in Dixieland before branching out into classic jazz and swing, whereas Fitzgerald started out as a swing-oriented big-band vocalist before becoming an expert bebopper. But the two of them have no problem finding common ground on Ella and Louis Again, which is primarily a collection of vocal duets (with the backing of a solid rhythm section led by pianist Oscar Peterson). One could nit-pick about the fact that Satchmo doesn’t take more trumpet solos, but the artists have such a strong rapport as vocalists that the trumpet shortage is only a minor point.

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Louis Armstrong – 50 Essentials of Louis Armstrong (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – 50 Essentials of Louis Armstrong (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:51:18 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BnF Collection

Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music’s history. As a trumpet virtuoso, his playing, beginning with the 1920s studio recordings made with his Hot Five and Hot Seven ensembles, charted a future for jazz in highly imaginative, emotionally charged improvisation. For this, he is revered by jazz fans. But Armstrong also became an enduring figure in popular music, due to his distinctively phrased bass singing and engaging personality, which were on display in a series of vocal recordings and film roles. This set impressively boils down one of the most brilliant and lengthy careers in music: 50 tracks from six record labels and 42 years.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis Again (1957/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Ella & Louis Again (1957/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:30:18 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve Reissues

Ella & Louis Again (192kHz/24-bit/Reissue) by Ella Fitzgerald.

In 1957 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong teamed up for their second recording of popular tunes drawn mostly from the “Great American Songbook”. Produced by the legendary Norman Granz, this album features an all-star group of musicians including Armstrong on vocals and trumpet, Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and Louie Bellson on drums.

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Louis Armstrong – Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll (1960/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll (1960/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:29 minutes | 853 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audio Fidelity

The stereo version of the album on HDTracks, listed under the alternative title “Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll”
The tracks “Frankie And Johnny” and “I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll” are erroneously mislabelled in the metadata. This is a flaw with the original files and has been left untouched.

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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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