Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day.
The voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are among the most personal and beautiful that the history of music has given us, transcending eras, genres and languages. In this wonderful 6-CD box we can find the legacy of this immortal duet including all their key tracks and also some rarities that connoisseurs will surely appreciate. With remastered sound and beautiful cover art, The Complete Anthology is the definitive album of Ella & Louis, which should be on every music collection.
Called the "underside of the American dream" and "an American nightmare," the Hell's Angels have been fixtures in American culture since 1948. Yet their role remains unclear: are they libertines or criminals? The History Channel investigates the evolution of these mythic outlaws, featuring rare interviews with historians and experts - including Hunter S. Thompson - and the Angels themselves. Discover the origins of biking clubs in the '40s and see how The Wild One defined the rebels of the '50s. Witness the infamous Gypsy Tour of the '60s and the international proliferation of Hell's Angels in the '70s. Hear about their influence on pop-culture and their surprising sense of patriotism. Trace the legendary leadership of Sonny Barger, who transformed the club into a brotherhood. Hell's Angels offers an insider glimpse into the world of mythic renegades, rebels, and bikers who have eluded categorization for the past half-century.
A wonderful pairing of jazz giant Louis Armstrong with revered father of the blues composer W.C. Handy. These historic sessions from 1954 and 1956 include St. Louis Blues; Loveless Love , plus five previously unreleased tracks.