Louis Armstrong & The All Stars: Complete Newport 1956 & 1958 (4LP box set, 180g pressing)

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# Number of Discs: 4
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# Label: Mosaic | MRLP-3007
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The next in the series of Mosaic boxes.
Like the other Mosaic posts, this is a report from black circles..

From the Mosaic Records website:

For 60 years, every top name in jazz has seemingly made it up to Newport at least once, if not multiple times. Louis Armstrong was a fixture for many years and two of his complete sets, from the 1956 and 1958 festivals, are being released here in their entirety for the very first time.

Impresario extraordinaire George Wein, the catalyst behind the Newport Jazz Festival, was (and still is) the perfect matchmaker in deciding upon who would entertain in this glorious New England setting. He sought to present major jazz artists either with their own recognizable groups, bringing together a musical reunion or the pairing of like-minded artists on the same bill.

It’s no wonder then that during those early days of the Festival, Wein decided to feature the man who as famed disc jockey Fred Robbins had remarked, “…shaped the entire course of jazz”, Louis Armstrong. In celebration of this great yearly ceremony which is observing its 60th anniversary this year, Mosaic Records is proud to present on high quality 180-gram vinyl unissued performances of Armstrong during those early years at Newport.

Newport 1956
In what was the third year of the NJF, Armstrong was there with his All-Stars along with the cream of the jazz community. It was Columbia Records and producer George Avakian who thought of recording some of the Festival which was showing signs of becoming the prototype that it soon was to become for all festivals. The Voice of America (VOA) was broadcasting the Festival by then and along with Columbia’s microphones captured many hours on tape, some of which to be released on LP. However, quite possibly because of a distorted VOA mic combined with the fact that Columbia’s mic was positioned for the band only, the Armstrong portion of this concert lay dormaint…until now.

In using the VOA mic while minimizing the distortion on Louis’ vocals and combining the clear Columbia mic’s capturing of the band, we finally have for the first time Armstrong’s appearance at Newport ’56. His program selection is exactly what Louis did best…bring the people what they wanted to hear which really was a cross-section of pop and jazz: “Tin Roof Blues” (blues), “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It” (New Orleans), “The Gypsy” (pop), “Perdido” (swing), “Mop Mop” (bop), “Ko Ko Mo” (rock). In addition to his current hit with “Mack The Knife” he found the time to feature the All-Stars (Ed Hall, Billy Kyle, Barrett Deems, Trummy Young, Dale Jones and Velma Middleton).

Newport 1958
Arguably one of the most revered jazz films was Bert Stern and Aram Avakian’s Jazz On A Summer’s Day. Shot at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, it is a brilliantly filmed time capsule of music, audience and Newport. Although Armstrong’s appearance is one of the longer segments in the movie it is highly edited. Four performances (including Armstrong backed by an 18 piece ensemble – The International Youth Band) had been previously released but the rest, including the filmed segments, are heard here in their entirety for the first time. Peanuts Hucko’s fine Goodman-ish clarinet takes over for Hall, Mort Herbert in for Jones on bass and Danny Barcelona replaces Deems at the drums and another outstanding All-Star group had been assembled. However, the encore segment is worth the price of admission.

Special guests Jack Teagarden and Bobby Hackett join the band on stage and memorable performances of “Rockin’ Chair”, “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” and “Pennies From Heaven” can now be fully enjoyed from this glorious gathering.

Impeccable Sound
The original 3 track tape of this concert was used as a source and the sound is impeccable. Rare photos of the Festival are included with liner notes contributed by the world-renown Armstrong researcher Ricky Riccardi. Restoration engineer Andreas Meyer has brought these important performances back with much clarity to make you feel like you’re soaking up the music in a lawn chair while breathing in the air of Narragansett Bay.

Track Listing:

Side One
01. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
02. Indiana
03. The Gypsy
04. Medley: Bugle Blues / Ole Miss

Side Two
05. Tin Roof Blues
06. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
07. Perdido
08. You Made Me Love You
09. Whispering

Side Three
10. Mack The Knife
11. Stompin’ At The Savoy
12. Undecided
13. Big Mama’s Back In Town
14. Ko Ko Mo
15. Mop Mop
16. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

Side Four
17. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
18. Interview with Armstrong and Willis Conover
19. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
20. Pretty Little Missy
21. Lazy River

Side Five
22. Tiger Rag
23. Now You Has Jazz
24. High Society Calypso
25. Ole Miss

Side Six
26. Girl Of My Dreams
27. After You’ve Gone
28. These Foolish Things
29. Mack The Knife
30. Medley: Tenderly / You’ll Never Walk Alone

Side Seven
31. Stompin’ At The Savoy
32. Undecided
33. St. Louis Blues
34. Ko Ko Mo
35. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In

Side Eight
36. Rockin’ Chair
37. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
38. Pennies From Heaven
39. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
40. The Star Spangled Banner

Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, on July 6, 1956 (tracks 1-16) and July 6, 1958 (tracks 17-40).

Detailed info for the box set can be found here.


Tracks 1-16
Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocal
Trummy Young – trombone, vocal
Edmond Hall – clarinet, vocal
Billy Kyle – piano
Dale Jones – bass
Barrett Deems – drums
Velma Middleton – vocal

Track 17
Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocal
The International Youth Band:
Palle Bolvig, Roger Guerin, Dusko Gojkovic, Jose Manuel Magalhaes – -trumpet
Christian Kellens, Albert Mangelsdorff, Kurt Jarnberg, Erich Kleinschuster – trombone
Hans Salomon, Wladimiro Bas Fabache, Andy Marsala, Bernt Rosengren, Jan Wroblewski, Ronnie Ross – reeds
George Gruntz – piano
Gabor Szabo – guitar
Rudolf Jacobs – bass
Gilberto Cuppini – drums
Marshall Brown – director

Tracks 18-40
Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocal
Trummy Young – trombone, vocal
Peanuts Hucko – clarinet
Billy Kyle – piano
Mort Herbert – bass
Danny Barcelona – drums
Velma Middleton – vocal

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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