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Louis Armstrong: Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller

Album Reviews:

CMJ (6/26/00, p.25) - "...Remastered and expanded to create a complete retrospective of his work with the hot-jazz kingpin's music..."

CMJ (6/26/00, p.25) - "...Remastered and expanded to create a complete retrospective of his work with the hot-jazz kingpin's music..."

JazzTimes (10/00, pp.78-9) - "...One of the most compelling albums that the Armstrong All-Stars recorded for Columbia....there is no denying the still vital potency of [his] trumpet playing here..."

JazzTimes (10/00, pp.78-9) - "...One of the most compelling albums that the Armstrong All-Stars recorded for Columbia....there is no denying the still vital potency of [his] trumpet playing here..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Earl Hines (vocals, piano); Mancy Carr (vocals, banjo); Velma Middleton (vocals); Charlie Holmes (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Lester Boone (alto saxophone, clarinet); Bert Curry (alto saxophone); Jimmy Strong (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Homer Hobson, Otis Johnson, Henry "Red" Allen, Zilmer Randolph (trumpet); Trummy Young, Fred Robinson, J. C. Higginbotham, Preston Jackson (trombone); Pete Briggs (tuba); Barney Bigard (clarinet); Carroll Dickerson (violin); Billy Kyle, Gene Anderson, Luis Russell (piano); Will Johnson (guitar); Arvell Shaw, George "Pops" Foster (bass); Barrett Deems, Zutty Singleton, Paul Barbarin (drums).

Recorded between 1929 and 1955. Originally released on Columbia (708). Includes liner notes by George Avakian.

Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Mark Wilder (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).

Tributee: Fats Waller.

Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller only worked together twice, briefly in 1925 in Erskine Tate's band and four years later in the New York revue Connie's Hot Chocolates. But Waller made an indelible enough impression for Satchmo to record the tribute album Satch Plays Fats: The Music of Fats Waller in 1955, when such ideas were new. The nine tracks feature Armstrong ably supported by his All-Stars on such classics as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Squeeze Me," and "Ain't Misbehavin'." The mid-'50s was a fertile time for Armstrong, and this makes for a stellar package. [Some reissues deliver over twice the tracks of the original LP issue, with four edited alternate takes from the same session, plus seven more tracks of Waller material recorded by Armstrong in the 1920s and '30s.] ~ Cub Koda



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