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Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars: Louis Armstrong plays W.C. Handy (1954) 1996

Louis Armstrong plays W.C. Handy [CL 591]

Track list:

01. St. Louis Blues
02. Yellow Dog Blues
03. Loveless Love
04. Aunt Hagar’s Blues
05. Long Gone (From The Bowlin’ Green)
06. The Memphis Blues (or Mister Crump)
07. Beale Street Blues
08. Ole Miss
09. Chantez Les Bas (Sing ‘Em Low)
10. Hesitating Blues
11. Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)
+bonus tracks [*previously unreleased]
12. George Avakian’s interview with W.C. Handy [*]
13. Loveless Love (Rehearsal) [*]
14. Hesitating Blues (Rehearsal) [*]
15. Alligator Story [*]
16. Long Gone (Rehearsal) [*]

Personnel:

Louis Armstrong – trumpet, vocal;
Trummy Young – trombone;
Barney Bigard – clarinet;
Billy Kyle – piano;
Arvell Shaw – bass;
Barrett Deems – drums;
Velma Middleton – vocal
+
W.C. Handy and George Avakian

Recorded: Chicago, Illinois; July 12-14, 1954
Released: 1954
Label: Columbia
CL 591

Columbia/Legacy [1996]
CK 64925

Original recording and re-issue Producer: George Avakian
Recorded by: Mason Coppinger

Line Notes: George Avakian

****

Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars
July 12, 1954, Chicago, IL

Aunt Hagar’s Blues (Bryan, J.T.; Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5521]
Ole Miss Blues (Handy, W.C.; Hirsch, W.) [master CCO 5523]
Ole Miss Blues (Handy, W.C.; Hirsch, W.) [master alternate take]
Beale Street Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5524]
Alligator Story

*****

The first of three very productive days in the studio laying down tracks for the first set of recordings that Armstrong recorded specifically for an album: Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy.

There are two CD versions of the W.C. Handy album.

The first (CK 40242), released in 1986, resulted from a fruitless search for the original session masters; alternate takes were used on six tracks, and the best possible transfers were made from vinyl for the others.

When the second (CK 64925) was produced ten years later, a pristine copy of the first LP pressing was digitally mastered, and second generation tapes — edited in the 1950’s for EP issues — were spliced in when available.

The second release is the more definitive of the two.

Trummy Young was able to record his own co-composition “‘Taint What You Do” at the end of the sessions, and it has seen release on a Columbia album and a European single, although it has yet to make its way to CD.

Louis Armstrong plays W.C. Handy [CK 64925]

****

Louis Armstrong and The All Stars
July 12, 1954, Chicago, IL

Hesitating Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5522]
Hesitating Blues (rehearsal) (Handy, W.C.)
Loveless Love (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5525]
Loveless Love (partial alternate take) (Handy, W.C.)
Loveless Love (rehearsal) (Handy, W.C.)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (Smith, C.; Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5526]
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (partial alternate take) (Smith, C.; Handy, W.C.)
Long Gone (from The Bowling Green) (rehearsal) (Smith, C.; Handy, W.C.)

*****

Louis Armstrong
July 13, 1954, Chicago, IL

St. Louis Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5528]
St. Louis Blues (partial alternate take) (Handy, W.C.)

The Memphis Blues (or Mister Crump) (Norton, G.A.; Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5527]
Atlanta Blues (make Me One Pallet On Your Floor) (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5529]
Atlanta Blues (make Me One Pallet On Your Floor) (partial alternate take) (Handy, W.C.)

*****

Louis Armstrong
July 14, 1954, Chicago,

Chantez Les Bas (sing ’em Low) (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5530]
Chantez Les Bas (sing ’em Low) (alternate unspliced take) (Handy, W.C.)
Yellow Dog Blues (Handy, W.C.) [master CCO 5531]

Taint What You Do (Oliver, Sy; Young, James “Trummy”) [master CCO 5532] — Philips 429219 BE
Taint What You Do (Oliver, Sy; Young, James “Trummy”) [master CCO 5532-5] — CBS 88669

*****

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