DVD: Louis Armstrong

Armstrong.jpgLouis Armstrong All Stars Live In Australia 1964 (Medici Arts). Armstrong, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Arvell Shaw, Danny Barcelona and Joe Darensbourg were wired. No one was phoning it in this day. The Australian television crew did a masterly job of capturing the complete concert. The closeups catch Armstrong’s exuberance playing and singing. The repertoire is typical of Armstrong at the time, “High Society,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Mack the Knife” – his hits. Jewel Brown overdoes a calypso novelty but redeems herself with a mostly unaffected “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

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