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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of jazz's finest recordings,
This review is from: Louis Armstrong Volume 7 - You're Drivin' Me Crazy (Audio CD)These cuts from 1930-31 capture Louis Armstrong at his most brilliant, ranking alongside his performance 30 years later on The Great Summit with Duke Ellington. He is intensely powerful in many roles, from the impassioned romantic of "I Surrender Dear" and "Memories of You" (which features Lionel Hampton's first recorded notes on the vibes--you can hear the tail end of his intro at the beginning of the above sample) to the beautiful lunatic of "The Peanut Vendor" and "Chinatown, My Chinatown." And then there's "Shine," a silly, racist nothing of a song which Pops manages to turn into something awe-inspiring, mainly through his majestic trumpet solo. In the film clip made for this song (which you can see in the great documentary Satchmo), he and his band are all dressed up like African "savages," yet when Pops puts the trumpet to his lips, he somehow manages to look dignified in spite of it all. That's Louis Armstrong for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Armstrong - what more do you need?,
This review is from: Louis Armstrong Volume 7 - You're Drivin' Me Crazy (Audio CD)Like all 1980s Jazz Masterworks Armstrong discs, technically so-so. But with these great recordings, one masterpiece of American jazz follows another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Way To Swing That Music,
This review is from: Louis Armstrong Volume 7 - You're Drivin' Me Crazy (Audio CD)Armstrong by 1930 was a fast-rising bandleader as well as instrumentalist singer & composer and this set finds him in just this early period sprouting quickly;his impeccable taste in songs and of course his Mephistolean command of the full register of the trumpet stamp this collection from start to finish - just marvel at 'Sweethearts on Parade' where he goes from a muted trumpet to a lovely vocal then a majestic open horn improvisation to finish and then there are the pyrotechnics of 'Chinatown My Chinatown' where the trumpet sounds about to become human AND the superb touch & timing of 'Lazy River'.This set predates Satch's Victor records of 1932-1933 where the greatness continues to flower but I recommend this set first just because everything here is so literally perfect like the inside of a wristwatch.The digital transfers while spotty in places are nonetheless very good.Thanks Amazon!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Fascinating Tour De Force!,
This review is from: Volume 7 You'Re Driving Me Crazy (1930-1931) (MP3 Music)Louis Armstrong's music from the early-1930's marked another turning point in his
creativity, which is praised by many jazz critics to be showcase some of his best and
most important works. Along with St. Louis Blues from 1930, the follow-up recorded
session You're Driving Me Crazy demonstrates the control, ease, band camaraderie,
and rhythmic action that is performed with highly creative musicianship, solid artistry,
absolute swinging artistry and timeless performing. Heralded by a dynamic track set
beginning on the vibraphone-drenched Memories Of You, the showstopping fun then
proceeds with another set of fresh new original hits like When It's Sleepy Time Down
South, You're Lucky To Me, a double header on You're Driving Me Crazy (also a big
band hit during the Guy Lombardo), I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You,
as well as jubilent takes on pop or jazz standards including Sweethearts On Parade,
The Peanut Vendor, Just A Gigolo, Walking My Baby Back Home, Then There Eyes,
and Lazy River. Filled with great fun, high-swinging moments and sincerely, eclectic
serenity, You're Driving Me Crazy is a highly lauded recorded session that finds him
fronting his ensemble with such unique integral and inventive force, as the transcen-
dent playing on arrangements and performances that gives the masterpiece it's truly
unique cutting edge that will remain as both timeless and challenging as ever.
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Louis Armstrong Volume 7 - You're Drivin' Me Crazy by Louis Armstrong (Audio CD - 1993)