Louis the quintessential jazzman

Louis the quintessential jazzman

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Steven Hetzer

Rancho Cordova, CA

#1 Aug 23, 2006
Would anyone disagree with me If I were to proclaim outright that Louis Armstrong is,in my humble opinion, the greatest trumpeter to have ever played that instrument? He isn't the greatest only because he could play such fabulously high and golden notes. In terms of vituosity and feeling, though, he most assuredly stands alone among other notables. Then again, Louis was a consummate entertainer as well. He didn't just blow his horn, but sung with his soul, too.
If anybody wants to listen to Armstrong when he was playing in the middle 1950s, I will highly recommend he or she hear the songs "Blue Turning Grey Over You," and "Ain't Misbehavin" from the album "Satch Plays Fats." Also for mention: the album "Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy." This album represents Armstrong's marvelous interpretations on Handy's songs.
Hopefully, generations hence will look back upon, and listen to Louis Armstrong's life work and not fail to be awed by the magic in that horn and in his personality. I certainly am. It is only too bad I did not have the opportuntiy to hear him perform in person. Yet I will continue to listen to the man and ever search for songs of his that I've not heard.
Louis Armstrong, the King of Jazz.
Steven Hetzer

Rancho Cordova, CA

#2 Aug 23, 2006
I noticed that when my comments about Louis were posted, it was stated that I'm from Roseville, California. Alas, this isn't true. I hail from the "Biggest Little City in the World," that is, Reno, Nevada.

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