45 Picture Sleeves
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Louis “Pops” Armstrong on the French Odeon label. Saint Louis blues / Mahogany Hall Stomp // After You’ve Gone / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1954). Louis was both pure joyful entertainment and the highest level of artistry. For five decades he was an American ambassador around the world for the music he helped create. In and out of style, he remained true to himself through the worst Jim Crow racism and blew down barriers with his genius. Good to go back and listen still!
Jazz Collaborations (1955) Charles Mingus and Thad Jones Debut Records (Sweden) Featuring “One More”; “I Can’t Get Started”; “More of the Same”; and “Get Out of Town”. Also featuring John Dennis/Hank Jones on Piano; and Max Roach on Drums. Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer; Barry Ulanov – Liner Notes.
Francis Bay and his Orchestra “Too Much Tequila” Philips Records (France)
“The Laughing Beatnik” Vocal by Johnny Beeman with Dave Meyers Orchestra (c. 1960) Silly stoned laughter, but certainly one of my favorite record labels – Doll Records (later this single was re-released on AMY Records)