No CD will truly cover a career of Louis Armstrong in just 25 tracks, but this one is probably as good as it gets. This is honestly the essence of Armstrong. Every track is awesome. If someone is new to collecting Louis Armstrong, I highly suggest picking this one up. This spans most of his life (beginning in the early 1920’s) with all the best cuts. It features some of his finest and creative trumpet playing. There really isn’t a bad song here. Actually, the sound of his horn and his singing makes it impossible for Louis to ever have made a bad track, but this one is a must have for any music enthusiast out there. Armstrong was an American jazz pioneer and an icon. Ken Burns has done a wonderful compilation here. This CD truly deserves to be one of my top 10 favorites of all time! Overall it represents the birth of “cool” from the 1920’s. Louis was a creative genius, and his horn playing was one of the most beautiful and joyous things ever recorded.
Day: May 29, 2011
Top Ten of Ten: Criteria
The following list of musicians and albums represent what I feel to be the ten greatest albums to be released in ten consecutive decades in a row. It is based on my education and classroom experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums and/or compilations are: I can listen to them numerous times. Some of these artists have stand out performances. Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the decade that they originated in. Ultimately this ends up being the top ten albums/artists in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all decades since the 1920’s are represented but more than that it is also my favorite musicians as well as simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 10 spectacular pieces of music ever……