Friday, February 22, 2013

The Very Best of Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly-recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general.

This 40 track collection highlights some of his most memorable performances..


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sidney Bechet..Slippin' and Slidin'..The Bluebird Sessions

Sidney Bechet's Bluebird sessions of 1932-1943 are generally regarded as some of the finest recordings in Jazz. Featuring some legendary players - Jelly Roll Morton and Willie "The Lion" Smith on piano, Henry Red allen and Charlie Shavers on trumpet and Bechet himself on a collection of instruments, most notably of course, clarinet and saxophone. This is essential music that no Jazz lover should be without. This collection features the most uptempo swinging tracks from the sessions.

1. Slippin & Sidin
2. Twelfth Street Rag
3. Shake It & Break It
4. Old Man Blues
5. Ain't Misbehavin
6. Stompy Jones
7. Muskrat Ramble
8. Coal Black Shine
9. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
10. Sweetie Dear
11. Weary Blues
12. One O'clock Jump
13. Swing Parade
14. I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Rol
15. Limehouse Blues
16. Texas Moaner Blues
17. Blues In The Air
18. I'm Coming Home Virginia
19. You're The Limit
20. Rose Bloom
21. Bugle Call Rag/Ole Miss Blues
22. St Louis Blues

Saturday, February 2, 2013

BeBop Spoken Here...various artists..4 discs..97 tracks

The language of BeBop is one of the most enduring and eloquent in the history of Jazz music. The 97 BeBop statements included in this box set sound as fresh and invigorating now as when they were recorded over 50 years ago. Includes tracks from the cream of BeBop including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Bud Powell, Jay Jay Johnson and many more....enjoy