August 04, 2005
Cornet Chop Suey
Today is Louis Armstrong's birthday.
Don't forget to listen to a Louis Armstrong song today.
Posted by annika, Aug. 4, 2005 | TrackBack (0)
My favorite, and I'm probably not the only one here, is "What a Wonderful World."
Thanks for the reminder Annika. And Amy, you should check out his stuff from the 20s and 30s. "What A Wonderful World" is okay, but he's not really showing off his true skill--wailing on that trumpet--in that particular song. Tight Like This, Basin Street Blues, Saint Louis Blues, West End Blues.
God, now I sound like one of those assinine jazz guys who claims that you can only listen to jazz on vinyl and that Ken Burns is a tool. Well, just for the record, all my jazz is on CD and I think the Ken Burns doc was cool. I'm also a sucker for Armstrong's duets with Ella Fitzgerald--and real jazz snobs wouldn't own up to that (too 'commercial'... translation: too accessible)
I dunno what it is about that song, but it just seems to make my eyes well up. I'll dig further. :)
Well, Hello Dolly! Actually, there is nothing better than his 1930's version of La Vie En Rose.
I support listening to a Louis Armstrong song every day.