Louis Armstrong: The Musical Genius
Episode date - March 26, 2010
When we started this series dedicated to the musical genius of Louis Armstrong, I’d bet that you figured the show would taper off toward the end, and we’d either rush through his later years, or the show might suffer from a lack of worthy material.
This show belies any such opinion. I will go so far as to say that virtually every track featured in today’s program is the definitive version of that song, by ANY artist, in ANY era. The music is just that good.
I will admit that I did not foresee the likelihood of more than twenty episodes when we began. Now that I am digging deeply through Louis’ catalog, each era opens up before me to display hidden works of genius that defy my ability to comprehend how one man could stay so active for so long, while his artistry never ceases to amaze.
For shear diversity alone, Louis Armstrong is something of a miracle. His ribald and energetic early work stands in a class all its own. This show also proves that he could also be sublime, when the situation allowed. There’s truly beautiful music in here, including;
NOTE – All tracks are credited to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Unless indicated otherwise;
Isn’t This a Lovely Day
Moonlight in Vermont
Can’t We Be Friends
They Can’t Take That Away from Me
The Nearness of You
Intro / Gully Low Blues (Louis Armstrong)
Intro / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Louis Armstrong)
Autumn in New York