This 1956 concert by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars is a historical gem, which is finally getting its vinyl debut with this double LP release. Recorded on March 26, 1956, at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI, it affords jazz fans a chance to hear what the barnstorming Armstrong's shows were like in heartland America. Armstrong's affable presence is pervasive, but not always center stage, as each member of the All-Stars gets his turn in the course of the revue. The release was remastered for vinyl from analog tape and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.
Track List A1 Sleepy Time Down South 2:54 A2 Back Home Again in Indiana 4:19 A3 The Gypsy 4:35 A4 Ole Miss 4:16 B1 Tin Roof Blues 4:33 B2 Bucket’s Got A Hole In It 4:34 B3 Perdido 3:27 B4 Dardanella 2:56 C1 How High The Moon 4:50 C2 Mack The Knife 3:59 C3 Margie 2:19 C4 Blues A la Hey Bob-A-Rebob 3:25 D1 That’s My Desire 3:59 D2 Kokomo 5:16 D3 When The Saints Go Marching In 4:02
Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars are captured in rare form during this live recording from 1956, which is finally making its vinyl debut with this 180gram pressing. The album features a great collection of tunes which had become staples of Armstrong's live shows, including his perennial opener, "Indiana"; the crowd favorite, "Tiger Rag"; the always joyful, "When The Saints Go Marching In"; and the great title-track, "Basin Street Blues". Satch's frontline band at the time boasted the very distinctive sounds of trombonist Trummy Young and clarinetist Ed Hall.
SIDE A 1 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (René/René/Muse) 2 Indiana (MacDonald/Hanley) 3 The Gypsy (Reid) 4 Basin Street Blues (Williams)
SIDE B 1 Tiger Rag (LaRocca) 2 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Armstrong) 3 Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? (DeLange/Alter) 4 On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fields/McHugh) 5 When The Saints Go Marching In (Traditional)