The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66
Label: Mosaic Records
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Nearly 50 years after his passing, Louis Armstrong's achievements as a trumpeter, vocalist, actor, author, Civil Rights advocate, and humanitarian remain unparalleled. He left behind a timeless body of work with hit records in every decade, including seminal albums such as Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy, Satch Plays Fats and The Real Ambassadors. The opportunity to go behind the scenes to hear how Armstrong created these masterworks in the studio has never been possible-until now. Mosaic Records is excited to announce the release of Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Recordings of Louis Armstrong 1946-1966, a 7-CD boxed set that will take listeners into the studio with Armstrong in a way never previously imaginable. The story begins in 1946 with Armstrong still toting a big band across the country on an endless series of one-nighters. After signing a new contract with RCA Victor, Armstrong immediately made his first recordings with Duke Ellington as part of an "Esquire All-American 1946 Award Winners" date overseen by Leonard Feather. RCA gave Armstrong the opportunity to record his regular working band, but also showcased the trumpeter in a small group setting thanks to the filming of New Orleans in the fall of 1946. With the writing on the wall, Armstrong recorded four sensational sides with small group featuring Bobby Hackett and Jack Teagarden in June 1947, eventually leading to the formation of his popular small group, the All Stars. All 29 of Armstrong's 1946-1947 RCA recordings are being presented here in superb fidelity, transferred from the original metal parts.
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