Louis Armstrong… the most important, influential, and beloved musician of the 20 th Century. His trumpet virtuosity set the standard for Jazz improvisation, and his singing style forever altered the course of jazz and popular vocalists, affecting everyone from Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra, to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. From the teeming streets of New Orleans to the great concert halls of Europe, Louis "Satchmo" and finally plain ol' "Pops" Armstrong entertained everyone… from the Roaring Twenties' gin mills to the Queen of England.
When You're Smilling - is a collection of some of Armstrong's best-known performances, released on Audio-DVD in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. The disc made in DVD-video format, is compatible to all DVD-Players.
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. …
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day.
The album follows the template set by Ruffins' earlier albums, featuring classic New Orleans tunes like "When the Saints Go Marching In" given a new coat of paint; a reverential cover of a Louis Armstrong (Ruffins' main influence, both as a player and as a singer) tune; "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"; fun second-line pieces like "Treme Second Line," and in what might be the biggest surprise here, a poignant version of the traditional ballad "Careless Love." It all adds up to a fun and varied album, with Ruffins doing pretty much what he does at his regular shows at New Orleans’ Bullet’s Sports Bar and with his recurring role on Treme, preserving and freshly annotating the unique music of New Orleans, making everything into a joyous party in the process.