One of the founding fathers of jazz, Louis Armstrong’s influence cannot possibly be measured. His persona was larger-than-life, successfully carrying his career into the 1950s and beyond. No matter the era or venue, Satchmo and his All-Stars were always an entertaining listen.
- Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (1954) A
- Out of all LPs released in 1954, Satchmo’s tribute to the influential blues pioneer is by far the most fun. In fact, this may be the most amusing and lighthearted album of the entire decade.
- Satch Plays Fats: A Tribute to the Immortal Fats Waller (1955) A-
- Louis Armstrong is an American icon, leading with charisma, innovation and earth-shattering talent. This loving tribute to ragtime pianist Fats Waller — a major influence on Armstrong’s Dixieland sound — captures the trumpeter at his most magnetic.