August 3, 2007

SATCHMO BETTER BLUES:

NPR's 'Jazz Profiles': Louis Armstrong: 'The Man and His Music,' Part 1 (NPR.org, August 1, 2007)

It is hard to overstate the incredible reach of Louis Armstrong. The music he made touched everyone who heard it, and revolutionized American entertainment in ways we can still hear today.

He did it with the force of his talent: as a singer, trumpeter, composer, author, actor and bandleader. His virtuosity remains unparalleled, his innovative importance unmatched. And he transcended racial barriers to become an American ambassador to the world.


You can find the MP3 of the broadcast here.


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2007 1:55 PM
Comments

That JSP collection of the Hot 5's & 7's is a really fine compilation -- the selections and sound quality are amazing. The sound especially is way better than most of the Columbia issues of the same tunes.

Posted by: Twn at August 3, 2007 5:12 PM

From the be-bop era on, Louis Armstrong got some flack for not "progressing," for continuing to do what he had done. My reply: with the magic emanating from his trumpet, he could turn an trivial pop tune into an occasion not of boredom, but of beauty and joy. In addition, NO ONE has ever had the trumpet tone that he did.
Put another way, I once told a friend that I didn't like Wynton Marsalis's tone compared to Louis Armstrong. Her reply: there was only one Louis Armstrong.

Posted by: Gringo at August 5, 2007 7:44 AM
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