Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson - Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson 180g Import Vinyl LP
Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson 180g Import Vinyl LP
This agreeable set of standards sung by Louis Armstrong backed by the Oscar Peterson Quartet, then consisting of Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Louis Bellson recorded at the then new Capitol Studios, L.A. in 1957 but not released in stereo until 1959, was a follow-up of sorts to the highly successful Norman Granz-produced Ella & Louis (Verve MGV-4003) recorded August of 1956.
Like this set, Armstrong and Fitzgerald there were backed by the Oscar Peterson Quartet, but with Buddy Rich drumming instead of Louis Bellson. The installation of stereo capabilities in between the two sessions permitted Capitol to record this session in stereo, though the stereo LP was a few years off.
Louis, then in his mid ‘50s, and the all-star backing band cover a dozen familiar tunes including “That Old Feeling” “Let’s Fall In Love” (in which Louis takes a solo an octave up from what’s expected), “Just One of Those Things”, and “What’s New”.
Armstrong does some trumpet soloing throughout but for the most part this is a “Pops” pop vocal showcase that presages by seven years Armstrong’s unlikely in the age of The Beatles #1 “Hello Dolly” monster hit. Listening to Louis’s loose, swinging vocalizing one can easily imagine a 10 year old Tom Waits listening to this album and figuring out a Louis imitation that stuck.
Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson Track Listing:
1. That Old Feeling
2. Let's Fall In Love
3. I'll Never Be The Same
4. Blues In The Night
5. How Long Has This Been Going On?
6. I Was Doing All Right
8. What's New
9. Moon Song
10. Just One Of Those Things
11. There's No You
12. You Go To My Head
13. Sweet Lorraine
14. Let's Fall in Love
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