Louis Armstrong

Brief Encounters: New Albums 12-8-23 – 12-14-23 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 12, 2023

Ella and Satchmo trading seasonal rapture

20th Century – Complete List By Year

By Steve Crawford | July 27, 2021

1927 (1) “Potato Head Blues,” Louis Armstrong

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 280 to 271

By Steve Crawford | May 20, 2021

they come back to see Uncle Satchmo and Aunt Lucille

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s: 80 – 71

By Steve Crawford | April 1, 2020

Every singer in the world owes Louis Armstrong because he taught everybody to sing with swing

Sunday Morning Stream: Disney Songs The Satchmo Way by Louis Armstrong

By Iman Lababedi | March 8, 2020

say goodbye right here

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s: 290 – 281

By Steve Crawford | January 18, 2020

a leisurely and enjoyable stroll

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 110 to 101

By Steve Crawford | July 28, 2018

Lucille and I, ever since we’re married, we’ve been right there in that block

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 860 to 851

By Steve Crawford | January 12, 2018

“It sure feels good to be up there with those Beatles.”

Jam Today: Friday, November 24th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2017

just wish there was more than an hour

Albums I’d Love To Hear Live

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2017

Armstrong as pop star

Louis Armstrong: Great Black American

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2015

Which means, Louis was dubbed an Uncle Tom until the mid 1960swhen people came to their senses. As Tony Bennet once put it, “The bottom line of any country is ‘What did we contribute to the world?’ We continued Louis Armstrong”

Oldies But Goldies: In 2012 I reviewed And Graded Every James Bond Song

By Iman Lababedi | September 24, 2015

With Sam Smith releasing a teaser fifteen seconds from his James Bond song, “Writing On The Wall” here, it seemed like an opportune time to go through all the songs we’ve ever heard. In order of preference. My bet is Sam Smith will go quite high: like #9. Adele would go pretty high as well #13 or #14

Dr. John To Channel Satchmo, February 27th At Town Hall

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2015

I love Dr. John and I worship the ground Armstrong walked on, so what’s not to like, right? How about starting with this: I wasn’t crazy about Ske –Dat- De -Dat The Spirit Of Satch when it was released. “He came to me in this dream and said, ‘Do my stuff — your way,'” said the 73-year-old pianist

The A+ List: 9-03-14

By Iman Lababedi | September 3, 2014

A song about a song about being in love, the melody written in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael, the lyric by the sublime Tin Pan Alley lyricist Michael Parrish, Hoagy was 28 at the time! Covered and covered and covered, this is the version to find with Armstrong half mumbling, half emoting the sweet dream of a dream of a memory lyric “Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely nights dreaming of a song, the melody haunts my reverie and I am once again with you.”

The Crawford Family Southwest Vacation Songs

By Steve Crawford | August 10, 2014

Outside of Amarillo is a weird roadside attraction known as Cadillac Ranch – a line of ten Cadillacs buried nose first into the ground. Visitors are encouraged to spray paint graffiti on the Detroit relics. Noting one of the cars already was tagged with “Steve,” no work was required on my behalf.

Music of the 1930s: The Essential List

By Steve Crawford | April 8, 2014

Bing Crosby, the Ink Spots, and the Andrew Sisters provided the safe pop fare, while Duke Ellington and Count Basie played sophisticated jazz pop for white and black audiences.

10 Songs, Tuesday, May 18th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 18, 2014

Rock With You – Ledesi – Hot and soulful, Ledesi may well be an everywoman making a sound we hear all day long, but she sings to the beat like nobodies business and references Dione warwick so you gotta think she ain’t afriad of comparisons – B+

Comfort Music Part XI!

By Iman Lababedi | March 16, 2014

In 2012 I watched Neil play a heavy duty no nonsense Crazy Horse gig at MSG and my ears are still ringing, so take it from me folks, he didn’t need to do the Carnegie Hall gigs. Listening to him sing “A Man Needs A Maid” in 2014 takes me back to being a teenager and also, its soft strange beauty puts me at ease. It’s like not all memories end up with a bad ending.

10 Songs, Sunday March 16th 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 16, 2014

Blue Collar Jane – The Strypes – we had a word for this when I was a whippersnapper, pub rock. By which we mean rhythm and blues with rock drums by proles, here proles out of Ireland and no wilko Johnson’s legacy isn’t in question. Actually it is enhanced – B+

Active Viewin': Concert Picks Week Of March 10th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2014

The last time the True Groove All Stars performed was a more than memorable gig at the Blue Note last year, but this one promises to be even better. Not only does Marla Mase have an excellent new album just released but latest True Groove signee James Chance will be there. Shout for “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing”. On Tuesday at the Cutting room

10 Songs, Saturday, March 8th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 8, 2014

Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding – Her breakthrough song was “Lights” but this one made her the real deal, a brilliant hooting track and a study in excitation that turned a dance track into a modern anthem and if the beat was less house and more disco, so much the better – A

10 Songs: Wednesday, February 13th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2014

Sour Times – The Civil Wars – Are we sure these guys weren’t married? I really think they may have been. This outtake from the dear departed last album has something of the Kills about it but more acoustic. Fabulous, of course – A

10 Songs, Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | February 6, 2014

The solos that intro and outro the 20s masterpiece written by the great man himself are there for dancing but once the vocal kicks in the song changes tempo and Louis growls an entreaty and a promise “If you just listen to me honey, I’ll tell you something you don’t know…” – A+

The 159 Greatest Songs of the 1950s

By Steve Crawford | November 17, 2013

Reflecting the diversity of the era, there are entries by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, and Hank Williams. Elvis Presley deservedly owned the era commercially and artistically, but one Charles Edward Anderson Berry could play a guitar just like a ringing the bell.

Concerts I Wish I'd Seen

By Iman Lababedi | September 25, 2013

I’ve written about musicians I’ve never seen but wish I had but that isn’t this article! This is about musicians I didn’t see on specific tours or even concerts that I wish I’d caught. I mean more than wish, like dream of having been to