All of me louis armstrong. All of Me (jazz standard)

80 Years of All of Me and Home

All of me louis armstrong

Or the wise old storytelling of the remake? A perfect high note at the end ends a perfect record. Unfortunately, instead of digging into the minor changes, Armstrong passes the ball to a saxophonist Lester Boone? I won't argue with either statement! However, the one high D he hits is a little shaky and he wisely opts to leave space, coming back a few seconds later, more poised, with a surprising little double-timed run. Fortunately, Pops was no dummy. We might never know, but it is indeed quite a coincidence! Armstrong continues playing around the melody, as stated by the saxophones, before hitting the bridge. He continues rephrasing the melody as he goes on and the effect is simply mellow.

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1932 HITS ARCHIVE: All Of Me

All of me louis armstrong

Do you like the dazzling cadenza of the 1932 original? So, as usual, Pops carried yet another tune farther than the likes of Rudy Vallee and Henry Hall. When the rhythm section kicks in at such a relaxed tempo, the effect, with the strings, is heavenly. Within weeks, another two versions were in the charts, with a rendition also reaching No. Pops rides it beautifully, starting high and simple before some nice double-timing in bars six and seven. Yes, all of me, why not take all of me baby Yes, can't you see? The first major hit recording was done by Paul Whiteman with a great vocal by Mildred Bailey: The ill-fated crooner Russ Colombo also had a hit with the song in December 1931: Here's Ruth Etting with the rarely heard verse : And okay, one more, Scrappy Lambert with Milt Britton's orchestra: All of those versions were recorded at the end of 1931. I have a soft spot for this stuff and I hope you do too: Pretty charming, huh? When I un-paused it and heard the placement of those two words, it immediately led me to think of his trumpet playing which always featured phrases floating all over the bar line.

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80 Years of All of Me and Home

All of me louis armstrong

But never mind the vocal, how about that opening trumpet solo? Please listen along: Garcia already hits a home run right off the bat by having Armstrong sing the beautiful verse. Leave it to Pops, though, to make the best of his problems, turning in many soulful solos that demonstrate just how hard it was being Louis Armstrong in 1957. From then on, I was a mess and Tootin away. America was in love with the song so it became a natural candidate for Pops to work his magic with. Did Glaser pass the suggestions to Armstrong or Granz? This is what really makes me wonder if Granz told him to stick to the written notes the first time through because on this vocal reprise, Armstrong barely hints at what was written. Seriously, if I had to take eight bars of music to illustrate the genius of Armstrong the singer, those might be them. A better fashion, I should say as that next line always sounds unusual when sung straight Jack Teagarden was defeated by it during one take of a 1944 Coleman Hawkins record, but he managed to rephrase it a la Pops on the second take.

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1932 HITS ARCHIVE: All Of Me

All of me louis armstrong

Once that story hit the press, well, that's how standards are born, my friend. First step is to listen: Yeah, just what I thought: those above records were fine especially Mildred but Louis really was from another planet in this period. No wonder it went to number one, right? But when you listen to that stuff alongside of what was actually popular during the period, I think it makes the era come alive in a fuller fashion. I graduated with a Master's in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers and have delivered lectures on Armstrong at the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, the Monterey Jazz Festival and many more spots around the world. A popular song and the blues and the rest is history.

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1932 HITS ARCHIVE: All Of Me

All of me louis armstrong

The downward thrusts of the opening phrases hint at emotional despair while the closing line, with its repeated high notes, seems almost jubilant. Written by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks of Detroit, legend has it that it was introduced by vaudeville star Belle Baker, who performed it shortly after her husband passed away and broke down in tears in the middle of her vocal, she was so overcome with emotion. I have co-produced many Armstrong releases for Mosaic Records and Universal. I could take this thing apart word for word but I'll quit before they have to hose me down. He also sang it in the film , which may have helped 's rendition up to No.

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All of Me (jazz standard)

All of me louis armstrong

The song quickly became a hit and soon was being covered by the likes of Rudy Vallee. Really listen to the saxes playing the melody during this section and just try to hear if Armstrong is singing anything that remotely resembles it. Armstrong heralds the second A section with two giant quarter notes, always an effective trick, coming after some busy playing. . Van Steeden also led a dance band orchestra, becoming the first to wax his tune, recording it for Victor on November 25, 1931 in a lovely pop arrangement complete with a vocal by the always-busy singer, Dick Robertson.

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