Louis Armstrong: Sweethearts on Parade
Sweethearts on Parade
Louis Armstrong & His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: 1923-1934 (Columbia C4K-85670)
Louis Armstrong (trumpet, vocals),
George Orendorff, Harold Scott (trumpets), Luther Graven (trombone), Les Hite (alto & bass saxes, leader), Marvin Johnson (alto sax), Charlie Jones (clarinet, tenor sax), Henry Prince (piano), Bill Perkins (banjo, guitar), Joe Bailey (bass), Lionel Hampton (drums).
Composed by C. Newman & C. Lombardo.
Recorded: Los Angeles, December 23, 1930
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
In July 1930, Louis Armstrong headed out to the West Coast to be the main attraction in Les Hite's band. Things went so well that the orchestra was renamed for both the club and the star of its show. This track was recorded in the midst of the engagement, which continued until March 1931. The tune goes back to 1928, when Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (including the song's composer, Guy's brother Carmen) cut it for Brunswick; it subsequently appeared in a film released the year of this waxing. The piece begins with a wonderfully subversive reading of the melody that subtly tells much about Louis's genius. The vocal introduces some stellar jazz singing from one of the music's first great improvisers. It all builds to the breakout section where Armstrong soars above the ensemble with passion and rhythmic daring, bringing this gem to a close with the trumpet call to assembly.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy