quinta-feira, 3 de maio de 2018

Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins and His Chorus and Orchestra - Satchmo in Style

  1. Blueberry Hill
  2. It's All in the Game
  3. Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time)
  4. Chloe (Song of the Swamp)
  5. Indian Love Call
  6. Listen to the Mocking Bird
  7. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  8. The Whiffenpoof Song (Baa! Baa! Baa!)
  9. Trees
  10. Bye and Bye
  11. Spooks!
  12. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  13. You're Just in Love
  14. If
  15. I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man
  16. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Alternative Lyrics)

The Trumpeter and Singer

The Conductor

Not only was Louis Armstrong a major jazz star, but his fame as a popular entertainer was growing by the time these sessions were recorded for Decca between 1949 and 1954. Gordon Jenkins provides the arrangements and serves as conductor, although the jazz content is minimal and the music is plagued by the rather dated charts and a rather nauseating choir on over half of the tracks. Likewise, the strings (when present) are overbearing and haven't stood the test of time as well as Armstrong's warm vocals and still potent trumpet, though he isn't featured as a trumpeter all that much. His horn is the highlight of "Chloe," though the overbearing choir makes one long for Spike Jones' satirical version instead. The undisguised attack on bop, "The Whiffenpoof Song," falls flat in a bland easy listening arrangement, though Armstrong's spoof of Dizzy Gillespie's scat vocals is briefly amusing. "Spooks" doesn't stand a ghost of chance -- it's an attempt at vocal Halloween humor that deserved to be left in the vault. This release is not one of the high points of Louis Armstrong's career.

(Ken Dryden from allmusic.com)

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