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The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars|A Gift To Pops

A Gift To Pops

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After the artistic success of his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings changed jazz forever, Louis Armstrong led a big band before settling into a small group format in the 1950s with a steady group of players he called his All Stars. Though led by a musical icon, the All Stars were occasionally criticized for two issues: playing the same unadventurous repertoire every night, and not speaking out more forcefully against racism. Here a modern group of All Stars—young jazz lions originally from New Orleans—has recorded a loving tribute to Armstrong and past members like drummer Barrett Deems, trombonist Trummy Young and bassist Arvell Shaw. The current All Stars tackle the faded controversy around Armstrong's relative silence on racism from the start, opening the record with a sample of a charged live version of Armstrong and his All Stars playing a favorite, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," where Armstrong sings lines about "when old mammy falls upon her knees." Led by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, the group (all featuring bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley and trumpeter Nick Payton), dives into Armstrong's All Star repertoire joined by another New Orleans native, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis taking a star turn in "The Peanut Vendor." Throughout these 12 tracks these players, supplemented at times by pianist Davell Crawford and alto saxophonist Roderick Paulin, successfully resurrect some of the cohesion and esprit de corps that gave Armstrong's ensemble its fame. Filling in for Armstrong's singer Vera Middleton, Riley and Gordon are passable vocalists, with Riley occasionally sporting an Armstrong-like growl. While at first most of the arrangements stick close to the original versions, new ideas enter in "St. Louis Blues," which is sung by Riley, and benefits from jumpier tempo and boppier solos from Payton and Paulin. Another Armstrong classic, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," gets a low down and bluesy instrumental treatment with saxophonist Paulin using breathy approach in a low register and trumpeter Payton lightly skipping and picking his way upward in tasteful fashion. Armstrong always had a deep spiritual connection to Thomas "Fats" Waller and his music and here, "Black and Blue," Waller's potent racism lament that inspired one of the strongest vocal performances of Armstrong's entire career, is radically changed in an arrangement that ignores the original melody, adds a repeated piano figure by Courtney Bryan and a spoken word break in the middle that features rapper Common. Armstrong's late career hit, "What a Wonderful World" is sung by Niki Haris in a slow, straight arrangement led by Crawford on B3 organ that savors every word. The album closes with a sample of Armstrong expounding on his theory of life that ends with, "I've always loved everybody, still do." Right back atcha Pops! A classy tribute to an influential musical giant. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
When It's Sleepy Time Down South
Louis Armstrong
00:02:58

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer - Arvell Shaw, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Armstrong, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Payton, Producer - Danny Barcelona, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Kyle, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Rene, ComposerLyricist - Otis Rene, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Muse, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Shu, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Russell "Big Chief" Moore, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The Peanut Vendor
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:04:38

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Herlin Riley, Drums, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Moises Simons, ComposerLyricist - Rob Macomber, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Snider, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Courtney Bryan, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mack Major, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Struttin’ With Some Barbeque
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:04:03

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Don Vappie, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Trumpet, Recording Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Herlin Riley, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lillian Hardin, ComposerLyricist - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Snider, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Courtney Bryan, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mack Major, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Up A Lazy River
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:05:57

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, Vocals, Recording Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sidney Arodin, ComposerLyricist - Reginald Veal, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas Payton, Producer - Herlin Riley, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Davell Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ashlin Parker, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:02:45

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Vocals, Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Vappie, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Trumpet, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Herlin Riley, Drums, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Theard, ComposerLyricist - Davell Crawford, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Rockin' Chair
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:04:10

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas Payton, Producer - Davell Crawford, Piano, Vocals, Recording Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Wendell Brunious, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Harris, Producer - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
St. Louis Blues
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:05:57

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Herlin Riley, Drums, Vocals, Recording Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Davell Crawford, Piano, Clavichord, AssociatedPerformer - William Christopher Handy, Composer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jesse Snider, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:05:04

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Trumpet, Recording Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Hammerstein II , ComposerLyricist - Bert Kalmar, ComposerLyricist - Harry Ruby, ComposerLyricist - Herlin Riley, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Davell Crawford, Piano, Hammond B3, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mack Major, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Swing That Music
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:03:23

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Armstrong, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Trumpet, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Herlin Riley, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Gerlach, ComposerLyricist - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Courtney Bryan, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mack Major, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Black And Blue
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:05:34

Wycliffe Gordon, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Razaf, Author - Nicholas Payton, Producer, Trumpet, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fats Waller, Composer - Harry Brooks, Composer - Herlin Riley, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - David Stoller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Davell Crawford, Producer - Common, Spoken Word, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Derwin “Big D” Perkins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Roderick Paulin, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Courtney Bryan, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mack Major, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:04:06

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Reginald Veal, Vocals, Bass, Recording Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Vappie, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - William Kirkpatrick, ComposerLyricist - Nicholas Payton, Producer - Herlin Riley, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Fanny Crosby, ComposerLyricist - Davell Crawford, Piano, Hammond B3, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ashlin Parker, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Harris, Producer - Roderick Paulin, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
What A Wonderful World
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars
00:04:03

Wycliffe Gordon, Producer - Nicholas Payton, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE DAVID WEISS, ComposerLyricist - Herlin Riley, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Niki Haris, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, ComposerLyricist - Davell Crawford, Piano, Hammond B3, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Misha Kachkachishvili, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mack Major, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jorge Castillo Jr., Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars, MainArtist - Menia Chester, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Philosophy of Life
Louis Armstrong
00:00:35

Louis Armstrong, Spoken Word, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2008 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

After the artistic success of his Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings changed jazz forever, Louis Armstrong led a big band before settling into a small group format in the 1950s with a steady group of players he called his All Stars. Though led by a musical icon, the All Stars were occasionally criticized for two issues: playing the same unadventurous repertoire every night, and not speaking out more forcefully against racism. Here a modern group of All Stars—young jazz lions originally from New Orleans—has recorded a loving tribute to Armstrong and past members like drummer Barrett Deems, trombonist Trummy Young and bassist Arvell Shaw. The current All Stars tackle the faded controversy around Armstrong's relative silence on racism from the start, opening the record with a sample of a charged live version of Armstrong and his All Stars playing a favorite, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," where Armstrong sings lines about "when old mammy falls upon her knees." Led by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, the group (all featuring bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley and trumpeter Nick Payton), dives into Armstrong's All Star repertoire joined by another New Orleans native, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis taking a star turn in "The Peanut Vendor." Throughout these 12 tracks these players, supplemented at times by pianist Davell Crawford and alto saxophonist Roderick Paulin, successfully resurrect some of the cohesion and esprit de corps that gave Armstrong's ensemble its fame. Filling in for Armstrong's singer Vera Middleton, Riley and Gordon are passable vocalists, with Riley occasionally sporting an Armstrong-like growl. While at first most of the arrangements stick close to the original versions, new ideas enter in "St. Louis Blues," which is sung by Riley, and benefits from jumpier tempo and boppier solos from Payton and Paulin. Another Armstrong classic, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," gets a low down and bluesy instrumental treatment with saxophonist Paulin using breathy approach in a low register and trumpeter Payton lightly skipping and picking his way upward in tasteful fashion. Armstrong always had a deep spiritual connection to Thomas "Fats" Waller and his music and here, "Black and Blue," Waller's potent racism lament that inspired one of the strongest vocal performances of Armstrong's entire career, is radically changed in an arrangement that ignores the original melody, adds a repeated piano figure by Courtney Bryan and a spoken word break in the middle that features rapper Common. Armstrong's late career hit, "What a Wonderful World" is sung by Niki Haris in a slow, straight arrangement led by Crawford on B3 organ that savors every word. The album closes with a sample of Armstrong expounding on his theory of life that ends with, "I've always loved everybody, still do." Right back atcha Pops! A classy tribute to an influential musical giant. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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