Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington the great reunion series 2 Elpees 1961 HQ 200Gram

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington reunion 

Release date: 17-11-2001 (originally released in 1961)

2001 issue US exclusive 7-track LP pressed on 200 gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL – A second installment of the highly enjoyable Armstrong-Ellington encounter, a fantastic reunion album which commemorated a musical collaboration of great magnitude in the world of jazz! – Sealed & stickered in original perforated tear strip bag,

01. It Don’t Mean A Thing
02. Solitude
03. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
04. I’m Beginning To See The Light
05. Just Squeeze Me
06. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
07. Azalea

Released as a second volume of recordings by Roulette Records from a 1961 summit between two jazz icons, after hearing this collaboration you’ll wish they had recorded ten volumes. And with the musical talent and knowledge between them, they could have! Using Armstrong’s regulars plus Ellington at the piano (who performs exceptionally well, comping understatedly behind the vocals), the duo romps through seven of the Duke’s most famous and popular compositions. And when Satchmo decides to blow, he shapes his solos perfectly into the tasteful arrangements. With Trummy Young on trombone and Barney Bigard on clarinet plus a rhythm section of Mort Herbert on bass and Danny Barcelona on drums, these recordings are a once-in-a-lifetime dream summit meeting that thank God producer Bob Thiele was brilliantly astute enough to arrange and capture on tape.

as always…order from me, I beat the price!!

LP pressed on 200 gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL

first release of the 2 albums recorded together with the great Duke Ellington 1961.

This is my favorite jazz CD, even better than Davis’s “Kind of Blue,” Armstrong’s “Great Chicago Concert,” Artie Shaw’s “Highlights from Self Portrait,” Sintra’s “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers,” Ella (singing almost anything), and “The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong.” Armstrong’s All-Stars with Duke sitting in on piano, playing all Ellington. Great compositions with great improvisations.

Just listen to the music. “Cottontail” opens with consecutive solos by Ellington, the great Barney Bigard, Armstrong, and trombonist Trummy Young, then later features a great scat “verse” by Armstrong. Almost every one of the cuts is as strong.

This was the LP  that brought clarinetist Barney Bigard to my attention. He played for years with Ellington’s band, then with Armstrong’s All-Stars, and I later read in Gary Giddins’s “Satchmo” that Armstrong considered him the best jazz clarinetist he ever worked with. Listen to his solos on “Cottontail” (one is in the Amazon.com sample) and “Beautiful American”, as well as his sparkling repartee with Armstrong on “In a Mellow Tone.”

Peters TIP, Buy these 2 albums together, a must have in every collection!!

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