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When The Saints Go Marchin’ In: Louis Armstrong Goes to Storyville in New Box

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Louis Armstrong’s going to Storyville!

The venerable Copenhagen-based jazz label, founded in the early 1950s by Kurt Emil Knudsen, has just released a new box set that happens to be third major box in 2011 alone for the one and only Louis Armstrong.  Following Universal’s Satchmo: Ambassador of Jazz and The Complete Masters, Storyville’s efficiently-titled The Armstrong Box arrived last Tuesday.  The 7-CD/1-DVD set falls somewhere between those two projects; Ambassador of Jazz is the first cross-licensed set to encompass Armstrong’s entire career, while Complete Masters presents the released takes of each Satchmo performance between 1925 and 1945.  The Armstrong Box, then, spans the period between 1947 and 1967 and is derived from the catalogue of Storyville.  It’s primarily devoted to live performances from the various groups of Armstrong’s famed All-Stars.  Louis Armstrong has been a presence on Storyville since the days of LPs, and some of those previously-issued performances appear here on compact disc, but there’s also a plentiful amount of never-before-reissued material, too.

The Armstrong Box is packaged with a 32-page booklet with liner notes written by Ricky Riccardi, the author of the must-read What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years.  Riccardi’s book puts the great trumpeter’s music and personal life in historical perspective in his book, and no doubt his contribution to this box set will do much the same.  Riccardi’s always-entertaining The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong blog has clued readers in as to what to expect on The Armstrong Box.

Among the box set’s 160 tracks, some highlights from the 1940s include a June 1947 performance at the Winter Garden with the band not yet named The All-Stars; a December 1948 gig at Chicago’s Blue Note; and an entire disc devoted to the Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines/Sid Catlett line-up from the Hollywood Empire in 1949.  From the 1950s, you’ll hear a rare broadcast from American Legion Park in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, circa 1954; a broadcast from the same year originating from San Francisco’s Club Hangover; a 1955 New Year’s Eve date, also from San Francisco (with the Trummy Young/Barney Bigard/Billy Kyle/Arvell Shaw/Barrett Deems iteration of the group); and the Trummy Young/Edmond Hall/Billy Kyle/Barrett Deems group from Copenhagen in 1955 and New York in 1956.  The final decade represented in the box set, the 1960s,has yielded the soundtrack to 1962’s Goodyear Jazz Concert film; a near-complete gig from Nice, France in 1962; a Chicago concert from the same year; and an unissued concert from Copenhagen in 1967 featuring the final edition of the All-Stars.  Whew!

The DVD has an approximate running time of 36 minutes, and it’s culled from highlights of Armstrong’s Timex All-Star Jazz Shows.  The DVD captures Armstrong collaborating with such greats as Jack Teagarden, Hoagy Carmichael and Dizzy Gillespie.  Riccardi offers insights into the performances on this box set on his blog.

The Armstrong Box is available now from Storyville Records at a budget price (currently running just above $60 at Amazon.com!) and you’ll find a pre-order link and track listing after the jump!

Louis Armstrong, The Armstrong Box (Storyville Records, 2011)

CD 1

  1. Intro Fred Murray A
  2. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  3. Basin Street Bleus
  4. Muskrat Ramble
  5. Dear Old Southland
  6. Do you Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
  7. Someday You Will Be Sorry
  8. Tiger Rag
  9. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  10. Muskrat Ramble
  11. A Song Is Born
  12. Basin Street Blues
  13. St. Louis Blues
  14. High Society
  15. Royal Garden Blues
  16. I’ve Got a Right To Sing The Blues
  17. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  18. Indiana
  19. Big Butter And Egg Man
  20. High Society
  21. Auld Lang Syne
  22. Back O’Town Blues
  23. 12th Street Rag

CD 2

  1. Intro
  2. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  3. Panama
  4. Back O’Town Blues
  5. Pale Moon
  6. Don’t Fence Me In
  7. Lover
  8.  Body And Soul
  9. A Song Was Born
  10.  Whispering
  11. Mahogany Hall Stomp
  12. Me And Brother Bill
  13. C Jam Blues
  14. A Hundred Years From Today
  15. Boogie Woogie On St. Louis Blues
  16. Blue Skies
  17. Rockin’ Chair
  18. The Sheik Of Araby
  19. Confessin’

CD 3

  1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  2. Shadrack
  3. When The Saints Go Marching In
  4. West End Blues
  5. The Dummy Song
  6. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
  7. Tin Roof Blues
  8. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  9. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  10. Tin Roof Blues
  11. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
  12. ‘S Wonderful
  13. Perdido
  14. Velma’s Blues
  15. The Dummy Song
  16. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  17. Intro (The All Stars introduced by Lucille Armstrong)
  18. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  19. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
  20. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
  21. Stompin’ At The Savoy
  22. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

CD 4

  1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  2. Indiana
  3. Someday You’ll Be Sorry
  4. Ole Miss
  5. Dardanella
  6. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
  7. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  8. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  9. You Can Depend On Me
  10. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  11. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  12. C’est Ci Bon
  13. Someday You’ll Be Sorry
  14. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen
  15. Jerry
  16. Now You Has Jazz
  17. Yellow Dog Blues
  18. New Orleans Function
  19. When The Saints Go Marching In

CD 5

  1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  2. Indiana
  3. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
  4. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
  5. Tiger Rag
  6. Now You Has Jazz
  7. High Society Calypso
  8. Ole Miss
  9. Perdido
  10. Tin Roof Blues
  11. Yellow Dog Blues
  12. All Of Me
  13. Georgia On My Mind
  14. Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home
  15. Stuttin’With Some Barbecue
  16. C’est Ci Bon
  17. Jazz Me Blues
  18. Basin Street Blues
  19. Blueberry Hill
  20. Margie

CD 6

  1. The Man I Love
  2. Mack The Knife
  3. Stompin’ At The Savoy
  4. Lover Come Back To Me
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. After You’ve Gone
  7. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  8. Indiana
  9. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
  10. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
  11. Tiger Rag
  12. Mack The Knife
  13. Blueberry Hill
  14. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
  15. Ole Miss
  16. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
  17. Basin Street Blues
  18. C’est Ci Bon
  19. La Vie En Rose
  20. The Faithful Hussar
  21. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

CD 7

  1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  2. Indiana
  3. Back O’Town Blues
  4. Tiger Rag
  5. Tiger Rag – Encore
  6. Hello, Dolly!
  7. Hello, Dolly! – Encore
  8. Pee Wee Blues
  9. Teach Me Tonight
  10. Mack The Knife
  11. Mack The Knife – Encore
  12. Tenderly/You’ll Never Walk Alone
  13. Ole Miss
  14. St. James Infirmary
  15. The Girl From Ipanema
  16. Volare
  17. Misty
  18. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
  19. This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
  20. What The World Needs Now Is Love
  21. There’ll Be Some Changes Made
  22. Cabaret
  23. Cabaret – Encore
  24. The Song Is Ended
  25. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In

DVD: Louis Armstrong on the Timex All-Star Jazz Shows

Track origins TBD.

Written by Joe Marchese

November 16, 2011 at 15:15

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