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Louis Armstrong And The All Stars - Complete Newport 1956 And 1568 on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 4LP Box Set - direct audio

Louis Armstrong And The All Stars - Complete Newport 1956 And 1568 on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 4LP Box Set


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Louis Armstrong And The All Stars Complete Newport 1956 And 1568 on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 4LP Box Set

Two of Louis Armstrong's Complete Sets from the 1956 & 1958 Newport Jazz Festivals, Released In Their Entirety for the Very First Time

Sourced from the Original 3 Track Tape by Restoration Engineer Andreas Meyer

Also includes Rare Photos & Liner Notes by Armstrong Researcher Ricky Riccardi

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 dormant...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.

Louis Armstrong And The All Stars Complete Newport 1956 And 1568 Track Listing:


1. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (A)
2. Indiana (A)
3. The Gypsy (A)
4. Medley: Bugle Blues / Ole Miss (A)
5. Tin Roof Blues (A)
6. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (A)
7. Perdido (A)
8. You Made Me Love You (A)
9. Whispering (A)


1. Mack The Knife (A)
2. Stompin’ At The Savoy (A)
3. Undecided (A)
4. Big Mama’s Back In Town (A)
5. Ko Ko Mo (A)
6. Mop Mop (A)
7. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (A)
8. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (B)
9. Interview with Armstrong and Willis Conover (C)
10. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South (C)
11. Pretty Little Missy (C)
12. Lazy River (C)


1. Tiger Rag (C)
2. Now You Has Jazz (C)
3. High Society Calypso (C)
4. Ole Miss (C)
5. Girl Of My Dreams (C)
6. After You’ve Gone (C)
7. These Foolish Things (C)
8. Mack The Knife (C)
9. Medley: Tenderly / You’ll Never Walk Alone (C)


1. Stompin’ At The Savoy (C)
2. Undecided (C)
3. St. Louis Blues (C)
4. Ko Ko Mo (C)
5. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In (C)
6. Rockin’ Chair (C)
7. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home (C)
8. Pennies From Heaven (C)
9. When The Saints Go Marchin’ In (C)
10. The Star Spangled Banner (C)


(A) Louis Armstrong (tp, vcl), Trummy Young (tb, vcl), Edmond Hall (cl, vcl), Billy Kyle (p), Dale Jones (b), Barrett Deems (d), Velma Middleton (vcl)
(B) Louis Armstrong (tp, vcl), The International Youth Band: Palle Bolvig, Roger Guerin, Dusko Gojkovic, Jose Manuel Magalhaes (tp), Christian Kellens, Albert Mangelsdorff, Kurt Jarnberg, Erich Kleinschuster (tb), Hans Salomon, Wladimiro Bas Fabache, Andy Marsala, Bernt Rosengren, Jan Wroblewski, Ronnie Ross (reeds), George Gruntz (p), Gabor Szabo (g), Rudolf Jacobs (b), Gilberto Cuppini (d), Marshall Brown (dir)
(C) Louis Armstrong (tp, vcl), Trummy Young (tb, vcl), Peanuts Hucko (cl), Billy Kyle (p), Mort Herbert (b), Danny Barcelona (d), Velma Middleton (vcl)

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