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Louis Armstrong Live in '59
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Reelin' in the years productions LLC, [2006]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (55 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Filmed in Belgium in 1959, this set features many of Satchmo's greatest songs..
When it's sleepy time down South -- (Back home again in) Indiana -- Basin Street blues -- Tiger rag -- Now you has jazz -- Love is just around the corner -- C'est si bon -- Mack the knife -- Stompin' at the Savoy -- St. Louis blues -- Ko-ko-mo (I love you so) -- When the saints go marching in -- La vie en rose.
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M1366 .A767 2006V Adult DVD Central Library

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Jazz Icons: Live in '59 marks one of the few complete videotaped concert sets by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This performance, aired on television in Belgium, catches the always entertaining Armstrong at a peak at this point in his career, as he suffered his first heart attack just over a month later and took it a little easier for the remainder of his performing career. Joined by trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, pianist Billy Kyle, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona, the cornetist delivers a familiar set list including his theme song, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," pop favorites, his current hits, and classic jazz. Young provides a great foil for the leader, especially in their vocal duet of "Now You Has Jazz" and with their instrumental swordplay in a rousing "Tiger Rag." Barcelona is featured in "Stompin' at the Savoy," resulting in a brief reprise of the tune after the enthusiastic audience response. Singer Velma Middleton is added for the hilarious duet with Armstrong of "St. Louis Blues" and "Ko-Ko-Mo (I Love You So)." The camera work and sound quality (using only a single stage microphone and another overhead) are excellent; there are a few tape glitches and occasional brief audio flaws, though they are easy to overlook. The tireless effort in remastering this long hidden video and Rob Bowman's detailed liner notes add to the value of this essential Louis Armstrong DVD. ~ Ken Dryden