Just realized that this was posted incorrectly back in October.. so it’s a double dose of vinyl today ….
It’s a special one today folks, as we head to LEAF Fest to join up with some of the who’s who of New Orleans music, it seems only too fitting that I was just recently gifted this…
A big THANK YOU to Greg Ewan for this!
While I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, I’m sure it’s going to be a highlight of my collection. This album was a 1978 Swing House LP release featuring live recordings made at the Hollywood Empire in Los Angeles during March 1949 with Louis and the All Stars. I already have two albums of his (Hello Dolly! & His Golden Hits), but this is the first live one, and that’s really what makes it so special. As far as drummers go, Big Sid Catlett is certainly one to aspire to – he’s got the technique, the sound, and the showmanship! (If you’ve never seen him, go check him out BOOM-DA-BOOM!)
Also on this album are:
Louis Armstrong – trumpet/ vocal
Barney Bigard – clarinet
Earl Hines – piano
Jack Teagarden – trombone/ vocal
Arvel Shaw – bass
Velma Middleton – vocal
So, here’s a clip of the first track on the album,