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Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans & Rice-ly Yours

Louis ArmstrongAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Introductions (When It's Sleepy Time Down South)Louis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hello DollyLouis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rockin' ChairLouis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Boy From New OrleansLouis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mack the KnifeLouis Armstrong, Tyree Glenn, Tommy Gwaltney 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Royal Garden BluesTommy Gwaltney, Tyree Glenn 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mood IndigoTommy Gwaltney, Tyree Glenn 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Kiss To Build A Dream OnTyree Glenn 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love For SaleTommy Gwaltney, Tyree Glenn 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Alright With MeTommy Gwaltney 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Crazy RhythmTommy Gwaltney, Tyree Glenn 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jazz icon Louis Armstrong, always the consummate entertainer, turned a 1971 award ceremony at the National Press Club into an impromptu performance that was one of his last concerts before passing away 5 months later. Joined by longtime band-mates Tyree Glenn and Tommy Gwaltney, Armstrong shows no signs of frailty on classics including Mack the Knife. The recording, originally a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club now available widely for the first time in both physical and digital formats, also includes highlights from Glenn s tribute concert to his late friend and teacher one year later. Armstrong often signed letters Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours, which makes for an apt title since his favorite recipes are included in the liner notes. 11 tracks, 58 minutes.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Had It April 26, 2012
By Mike J.
Format:MP3 Music
Just 4 months before pops untimely death, Satchmo unsurprisingly manages to rip his trumpet apart and play some classics. It's incredibly hard to write a full review for this album but I strongly recommend any jazz buff or even beginner to buy this entire album. You won't regret it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling Rip Off June 4, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Simply stunned that Smithsonian Folkways, a respected outfit that I have quite a few albums from, would pawn this off with LARGE lettered "SATCHMO" emblazoned on the front as a Louis Armstrong album. True, it does have Mr. Armstrong playing from the National Press Club. But..only on the first 5 songs and on one track, he shares vocals with Tyree Glenn. The rest of the 6 tracks? It's strictly Tyree Glenn. If you back out the intro speechifying, Mr. Armstrong is only singing/playing for about 40% of the album's time. Disappointing and misleading, I think. If you're an over-the-top Louis Armstrong fan, you may overlook this lack of Louis (as well as the recording quality of the NPC live event). I wish Folkways had been a bit more honest with the packaging and had given Tyree Glenn top billing as he occupies most of the aural space on the album. Adding insult to the album, my delivered CD did NOT include the promised 16 page insert with Satchmo's favorite recipes. Liner notes? If you want 'em, you'll have to print them out yourself from the site. Come on Folkways! $17 for the CD and you can't provide the liner notes? Not worth the money, IMHO.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jewel finally discovered April 30, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This is both a conversation with Louis Armstrong and a musical offering. It excels in both ways, catching him at a reflective time of his life, near its end, he had been sick and surprised many by playing so ably, according to reports at the time. It's just great, to hear this brilliant musician playing informally yet poignantly. NBC and CBS carried stories on this CD last week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smithsonian Folkways Information August 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Thank you for your comments. Part of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings' mission statement reads as follows: Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials we seek to strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others.

In order to fulfill this mission statement and disseminate music catalogued from around the world, Smithsonian Folkways keeps its entire catalogue of over 2,000 recordings available to the public as on demand CDs. Every on demand CD--including Satchmo at the National Press Club--comes packaged with original cover art and liner notes as a PDF file on the disc itself. The resulting product has been made with every effort to preserve not only the integrity of the original recording and packaging but to preserve and sustain one of the largest aural catalogues in the world.

*Liner note PDF files are also available as free downloads from (with or without purchase). If you are having trouble accessing a PDF file, or would like a hard copy of this or any set of liner notes, please contact customer service at 202-633-6450 and we will mail them to you.

--Smithsonian Folkways Customer Service
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fantastic "time capsule" performance, and must be taken in the context of the time. Pops, although ailing, somehow manages to pull out all the stops and give his all for the audience, as usual. The man was superhuman, and one of the greatest artists the world has ever seen. The selection of tunes is typical for the final period of his life, and trombonist Tyree Glenn does a great job, especially in duo with Louis on "Rocking Chair".

Now to explain my 4 star rating: it's due to the presentation of the material. You need to know that the CD comes in a cardboard jacket that does not include any personnel, liner notes, or the much-touted recipes. Instead, you have to download that from a PDF on the Smithsonian site. Now, the text on the CD jacket states that these are included as a PDF file embedded on the CD, but they are not on my copy. This would have been a great idea, making this an interactive CD and not just the tunes-- also I'm sure the National Press Club took a lot of photos of this event, yet none of these are shared with us either. In short, the Smithsonian Folkways folks, normally known for detail and documentation, fall quite short of delivering what could have been a great historical artifact, in addition to a great CD of Pops' late period.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Been Surpressed June 6, 2012
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Louis would have never allowed this sad recording to be released. One of your reviewers writes about his golden trumpet. But Louis was clearly so weak that he could not play it. He sings and clowns but doesn't play. He had been transformed from a great musician to a shadow of his former self, more entertainer than artist. The onetime ad libs of Louis and the great Jack Teagarden are uttered word for word by Louis and Tyree Glenn on "Rockin' Chair." They are no longer amusing, just a pathetic reminder of the great first edition of the All-Stars a quarter century earlier.

No 16 page book of recipes was enclosed in my copy as billed on the cover and shockingly no liner notes which list of the musicians who tried to hold the old man up. Armstrong is missing altogether from tracks 6 through 11 which are devoted to a mediocre set played by Tyree Glenn and a group. Again no musicians are listed.

Smithsonian Folkways should be ashamed to resurrect this sad performance of a dying man.

Tom Harris
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satchmo
The sound quality is great, touching to hear his friends do this tribute, but it shows what a hole his passing left in jazz.
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Gibbons
1.0 out of 5 stars Received a blank CD
The liner notes state that "This CD is a custom-made copy from our [Smithsonian Folkways] collection. Every effort has been made to preserve its historical and aural integrity. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J A Pollard
3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic
the music is wonderful, but there is too much chatting on this cd - the remarks are interesting the first time around, but grow duller each time I listen - maybe it's my own fault... Read more
Published 15 months ago by beach girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Advertising was misleading
The number of Louis Armstrong songs were only a minor part of the CD. Testimonials and other artists made up the majority of the CD. Way too expensive for the price. Read more
Published 16 months ago by PVM
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
I love any kind of music, but jazz and dixieland jazz are my favorites, and this album is truly entertaining!
Published 18 months ago by Sandra W. Arrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Satchmo
This was an anniversary gift for my son and daughter-in-law, and they liked the CD. They are Louis Armstrong fans. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Utica,NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything Louis is perfect...
this album is a piece of american history if you're one of the people that allows music to be a vital part of our identity as Americans. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for My Son
I spent days looking for this CD, Satchmo at the National Press Club: Red Beans & Rice-ly Yours. and many online calls with no luck. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars disapointing
Only 5 songs by Louis Armstrong (as per the song list that is shown on amazon)which are great, of course. The other 6 songs were by 2 other people a year AFTER Louis' death. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Kelly A. Dickey
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