Louis Armstrong – I Will Wait For You (1968)

FrontCover1.jpgLouis Armstrong (1901–1971), nicknamed Satchmo[1] or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz and in all of American popular music. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in jazz.

Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also skilled at scat singing.

Renowned his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet-playing, Armstrong’s influence extends well beyond jazz music, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general. Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to “cross over”, whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African-Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock Crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him socially acceptable access to the upper echelons of American society which were highly restricted for black men of his era. (by wikipedia)


Recorded late in Louis Armstrong’s life, this obscure LP finds his All-Stars of the period (which included trombonist Tyree Glenn and clarinetist Joe Muranyi) joined by several studio musicians and a choir, arranged and conducted by Dick Jacobs. At this point in time, Armstrong’s trumpet solos were quite brief and basic, although usually effective. The emphasis throughout is on his vocalizing, mostly on then-current show tunes such as “Talk to the Animals” (from Doctor Dolittle), “Willkommen” (from Cabaret) and “Sunrise, Sunset.” The choir weighs down the music; the extra musicians (which often include a banjo) water down the sound of the All-Stars; and the material is largely forgettable. Only the charm of Louis Armstrong makes this long-out-of-print album worthwhile. (by Scott Yanow)


Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals)
Danny Barcelona  (drums)
Everett Barksdale (guitar)
Buddy Catlett (bass)
Joe Muranyi  (clarinet)
Marty Napoleon (piano)
Jimmy Notthingham (trumpet)
Art Ryerson (banjo)
Tyree Glenn (trombone)
unknown choir

AlternateFrontCover1Alternate frontcover

01. I Will Wait For You (Legrand/Gimbel/Demy) 3.17
02. Talk To The Animals (Bricusse) 4.18
03. The Gypsy In My Soul (Boland/Jaffe) 2.51
04. The Happy Time (Kander/Ebb) 2.25
05. I Believe (Drake/Shirl/Graham) 3.23
06. Wilkommen (Kander/Ebb) 2.53
07. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers/Hammerstein) 2.50
08. Sunrise, Sunset (Bock/Hornick) 2.57
09. Rosie (Mercer/Warren) 2.52
10. That’s My Desire (Kresa/Loveday) 2.58




Louis Armstrong.jpg
Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971)

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