only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've Got The World On A String – one of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet on tracks like "When Your Lover Has Gone", "We'll Be Together Again", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "I've Got The World On A String". Under The Stars follows in similar format – again matching the trumpet and vocals of Armstrong
with arranger Russ Garcia – whose modern, west coast approach is a nice change from some of the other charts that Louis was using in the 50s and 60s. There's a nice swing to most numbers, a sense of punctuation that works perfectly for Louis – and titles include "East Of The Sun", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Stormy Weather", "Home", and "Body & Soul". Third up is Louis Armstrong
Meets Oscar Peterson, presented here in its original mono mix. The album's gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strong
ly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong
's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CDs 1 to 3 each feature bonus tracks from the original albums – including alternates, session takes, and more. CD4 features A Day With Satchmo – which offers up 24 tracks from a recording session on August 1, 1957 – really showing the care and craft that went into the creation of a handful of songs that day!