This 1947 performance presents Louis Armstrong returning to the classic repertoire of his greatest period, accompanied by a superb small group and playing before an appreciative audience. Forsaking the big-band format that had been his mainstay for years, Armstrong sounds wonderful on tunes associated with his Hot Five period, like “Cornet Chop Suey” and “Muskrat Ramble,” while he joyously shares the vocals with the fine trombonist Jack Teagarden. Bobby Hackett’s cornet complements Louis’s more declarative parts, and it’s all propelled by the greatest of swing drummers, “Big Sid” Catlett. –Stuart Broomer

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