Tuesday, March 18, 2014


The man they call “Satchmo” is a beloved American musician who the term icon fits like one of his silky smooth melodies. The New Orleans trumpet player was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the focus from improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable, gravelly voice, he demonstrated remarkable dexterity and an unparalleled ability to scat like his contemporary Ella Fitzgerald. He was one of the first African-American performers to achieve success with white audiences, and this 2-CD ICON compilation spotlights some of his most well-known performances, including his signature, GRAMMY® Hall of Fame songs, “What a Wonderful World,” “Mack the Knife,” “West End Blues,” and “Hello Dolly,” as well as collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald (“Our Love Is Here to Stay,” “Summertime,” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me”) and Louis Jordan ”You Rascal You (I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead”).

Disc 1
1. What a Wonderful World
2. Hello, Dolly!
3. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
4. Our Love Is Here to Stay (with Ella Fitzgerald)
5. Summertime (with Ella Fitzgerald)
6. On the Sunny Side of the Street
7. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
8. Mack the Knife (Live From Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl)
9. (When We Are Dancing) I Get Ideas
10. A Kiss to Build a Dream On
11. La Vie En Rose

Disc 2
1. Dream a Little Dream of Me (with Ella Fitzgerald)
2. You Rascal You (I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) (with Louis Jordan)
3. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
4. Blueberry Hill
5. I Wonder
6. When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Instrumental)
7. West End Blues
8. Jeepers Creepers
9. When the Saints Go Marching In
10. Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
11. Swing That Music 

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