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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.
Les Modes “Mood in Scarlet” Dawn Records Julius Watkins (frh), Charlie Rouse (ts), Gildo Mahones (p), Martin Rivera (b), Ron Jefferson (b), Chano Pozo (bgos)