Louis Armstrong was considered an almost saintly figure by those who were content to ignore his industrial pot-smoking and occasional lapses of temperament. It is entirely fitting that one of the founders of modern jazz should have explored some of the music’s root materials.
In the role of a stylized preacher, which Louis embodied to perfection, and surrounded by the choir of gospel singers of Sy Oliver and his own group, the legendary All Stars, he combines his unique voice and trumpet playing and achieves an amazing depth of interpretation.
1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
3. Go Down, Moses
4. Rock My Soul (In the Bosom of Abraham)
5. Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
6. On My Way (Got On My Travelin’ Shoes)
7. Down By the Riverside
8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
9. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
10. Jonah and the Whale
11. Didn’t It Rain
12. This Train
13. Dear Old Southland