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Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden – Satchmo Meets Big T (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden – Satchmo Meets Big T (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:13:08 minutes | 821 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Vintage Recordings

Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing (vocalizing using sounds and syllables instead of actual lyrics). Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong’s influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to “cross over”, whose skin-color was secondary to his music in an America that was severely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation during the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society that were highly restricted for a black man.

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Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – Satch Plays Fats (1955/1986/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – Satch Plays Fats (1955/1986/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:19 minutes | 701 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

In 1955, Louis Armstrong, along with vocalist Velma Middleton, got into the studio to pay tribute to the late Fats Waller. All the standards are here: “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Squeeze Me,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” rendered in fine and mellow but gently, genially swinging fashion. Armstrong’s trumpet is superb and his voice carries the good-time spirit of Waller’s music.

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Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy (1954/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy (1954/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:30 minutes | 1,63 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

This recording was not only Louis Armstrong’s finest record of the 1950s but one of the truly classic jazz sets. Armstrong and his All-Stars (trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Barney Bigard, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Arvell Shaw, drummer Barrett Deems, and singer Velma Middleton) were clearly inspired by the fresh repertoire, 11 songs written by W.C. Handy. Their nearly nine-minute version of “St. Louis Blues” – with witty vocals, roaring Young trombone, and a couple of long majestic trumpet solos – is arguably the greatest version of the oft-recorded song. Other highlights include “Loveless Love,” “Beale Street Blues,” and a romping version of “Ole Miss Blues.” Essential music for all serious jazz collections. [Some reissues also include rehearsal versions of three songs, Louis Armstrong telling a joke, and a brief George Avakian interview with W.C. Handy.]

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Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – All That Jazz, Vol. 74 – Louis Armstrong and the His All Stars – Live in Boston (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Louis Armstrong & His All Stars – All That Jazz, Vol. 74 – Louis Armstrong and the His All Stars – Live in Boston (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:22:46 minutes | 455 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jube Legends

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed “Satchmo”, “Satch”, and “Pops”, was an American trumpeter and vocalist who is among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz.

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Louis Armstrong – Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1966) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Louis Armstrong – Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1966)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 26:34 minutes | 519 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Archive of Folk & Jazz Music

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed “Satchmo”, “Satch”, and “Pops”, was an American trumpeter and vocalist who is among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of jazz.

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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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