Post a Comment. Pete Kelly's Blog. Dave Whitney. I specialize in traditional jazz and swing. I'm a computer novice. For awhile the blog will be mostly commentary. As I get better, I'll add the bells and whistles. Hope you enjoy the program. Oh yes, the blog's title comes from a favorite jazz film and song. As I've mentioned, I'm a computer novice, so I'm getting a lot of help from a good friend, Jay Keyser. Jay is a trombonist, educator and humorist who is great with computers.
His wife, Nancy, did a great job scanning and enhancing the photos. Whenever Jay has the time, I'll try to include some appropriate photos with the post. View my complete profile. Saturday, February 13, Louis Armstrong: Mame Pop's last big record was Mack the Knife inalthough he had many albums that sold well.
The success of Dolly gave Pops almost a second career as his already busy schedule was filled with demands for personal appearances and numerous TV variety shows. The recording knocked the chart-topping Beatles off the Top 10 for a few weeks and made Louis the oldest performer to score such a hit. Recording companies kept looking for similar show tunes for Louis to record in hopes of a sequel.
Mame another Herman composition came the closet in popularity and like Dolly warranted an album. The Mercury Mame lp has been forgotten a bit over the years. It was a mixture of 4 different sessions spanning the years Louis was a free agent as far as recording labels go, so it took a while to produce an album This post will take Album) detailed look at the album.
First, let's give a breakdown on the sessions and personnel. All sessions were recorded in New York. Everett Barksdale was added on banjo. Moore had joined the band in Jan. He was a big band veteran had worked in Louis' big band from and had played a lot of jazz sessions with the likes of Sidney Bechet, Ruby Braff ,Papa Celestin and his own groups He was a Pima Indian and a fine player and showman, he stayed with the band until Feb.
Shu was a former Gene Krupa sideman with modern leanings who adapted nicely to the All-Stars brand of jazz. He was a talented muti-instrumentalistcomfortable on tenor, trumpet and harmonica. He was with Pops from July '64 to July ' On the album, Joe Darensbourg is listed Pretty Little Missy - Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong in Scandinavia (CD clarinetist but this is a mistake.
Billy Kyle of John Kirby fame had joined up in Oct. He was a consumate soloist and contributed some tasty charts to the band. Arvell Shaw was with the All-Stars during their maiden year of He had several long stints with the bandhad rejoined in Jan. To get the Dolly sound, various studio banjoists were used. Everett Barksdale was an old pro and popped up on many of Louis' studio dates. Same personnel with Walter Raim on banjo.
John Gray added on banjo and guitar. Some new faces since the last session. Exellent trombonist with beautiful sound who was very adept at plunger work and doubled on vibes. Album) joined in late Feb.
Napolean had Album) with the band in and rejoined after the passing of Billy Kyle. He was a fine swing soloist with numerous credits to his resume including Gene Krupa, Red Allen and his uncle, trumpeter Phil Napolean. Now on to the tunes as they were recorded. I'm sure that Mercury was looking for a follow-up hit to Dolly. There's no trumpet here but Pops really swings on the vocal. His great time really makes this version and the All-Stars swing nicely behind him.
Louis must have liked the tune because he performed it on the Ed Sullivan show in Oct. While on tour in Czechoslovakiain March ofa film caught him playing it at a casual rehearsal.
Eddie Shu is playing tenor at this session. He also played it on the Dean Martin show in Sept. After that, it seems to have disapeared from the repertoire, Pretty Little Missy - Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong in Scandinavia (CD.
Louis and Billy Kyle wrote it, it's based on a lick Billy used to use on his Perdido feature. This is a great version, Pops' chops were in great form during the period. He really wails on this version batting out a dozen or so high Es on the bridge.
The outgoing riff came from a Ralph Flanagan hit called Hot Toddy. The Chief and Shu also get short solo spots. I can't recall the All-Stars playing it, although in later years Louis used the melody on the Ol' Miss out chorus. There's more solid trumpet from Pops and he splits his vocal with choruses by Moore and Shu. The closing rideout is solid as usual.
It's a pseudo gospel tune and Pops always excelled at this type of tune. His Decca lp Louis and the Good Book was one of his most popular albums.
There's only room for a half-chorus of trumpet but Pops makes the most of it, really wailing including a scorching trumpet break A nice side. Short but Sweet - A pretty original by Louis.
Tyree opens with a vibes arpeggio on Pops plays a lovely 8 bar passage of the melody. Following a tasty vocal, Pops goes up high for the bridge and sings it home. That bridge, complete with Pops' patented shake is a masterpiece. John Gray's rhythm guitar is a plus. The Circle of your Arms - Another pleasant medium-tempo tune. The intro by the horns has a bit of Memphis Blues in it. Louis trades some great scat with Tyree's plunger horn and then takes a sublime trumpet bridge before swinging home.
I Like this kind of Party - A semi-talking novelty tune, although not much of a tune, Pops has a lot of fun with it. Louis' half chorus on the A strain is a lovely improvisation full of typical Pops licks.
Hughes Panassie in his bookLouis Armstrong singled out this solo. Panassie called it Me, Myself and I those words pop up in the lyrics in his book, he was thinking of the Billie Holiday classic. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date October 5, Genre Jazz. Track Listing - Disc 1. Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman. It's Been a Long, Long Time. A Lot of Livin' to Do. A Kiss to Build a Dream On.
Someday You'll Be Sorry. Louis Armstrong. Pretty Little Missy - Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong in Scandinavia (CD, Look Me Over! I Still Get Jealous.
Moon River. Be My Life's Companion. Blueberry Hill. Jeepers Creepers. The Circle of Your Arms. So Long Dearie. Tin Roof Blues. I Like This Kind of Party. When the Saints Go Marching In. Tyree's Blues. Pretty Little Missy. Short But Sweet. Bye 'N' Bye. The Three of Us.
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