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Behind the BeatLouis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong, 1925
Other Selected Artist Discographies
By Loren Schoenberg, Conductor and Saxophonist

These lists have been compiled with the newcomer to jazz in mind. We have shied away from compilations wherever possible, for the simple reason that you may very well wind up buying the complete albums that were excerpted in the compilations. Here you have a small but representative sampling of some of the very best music Louis Armstrong recorded in every period of his career, with as little duplication as possible.

Audio sample Chimes Blues
Recorded April 6, 1923
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sample Cake Walkin' Babies From Home
Recorded January 8, 1925
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sample Potato Head Blues
Recorded May 10, 1927
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sample Star Dust
Recorded November 4, 1931
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


Audio sample West End Blues
Recorded June 28, 1928
(Courtesy Columbia/Legacy)


The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong [Box Set]
Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Verve

The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong
Roulette

The Complete Decca All Star Sessions
Mosaic

Highlights From His Decca Years
GRP

Louis Armstrong: Hot Fives & Sevens
JSP (4 Cd Set available individually)

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
Sony

Louis Armstrong: Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man
Sony (Compilation 1924-34)

Disney Songs the Satchmo Way
Disney

NPR Audio Feature NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library: Louis Armstrong
NPR's Murray Horwitz and jazz critic and poet AB Spellman recommend Armstrong's Best of the Decca Years, Vol. 1 (MCA).
(Courtesy NPRJazz.org)


NPR Audio Feature NPR's Basic Jazz Record Library: Louis Armstrong
NPR's Murray Horwitz and jazz critic and poet AB Spellman recommend Armstrong's The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens (Sony Legacy).
(Courtesy NPRJazz.org)