ARMSTRONG, LOUIS / DAVE BRUBECK The Real Ambassadors. Poll Winners Records

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Armstrong Louis Dave Brubeck The Real Ambassadors Poll Winners Records

LOUIS ARMSTRONG / DAVE BRUBECK The Real Ambassadors

01 EVERYBODY’S COMIN’ 1:50

02 CULTURAL EXCHANGE 4:42

03 GOOD REVIEWS 2:09

04 REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE 2:33

05 MY ONE BAD HABIT 2:41

06 LONESOME 2:29

07 SUMMER SONG 3:18

08 KING FOR A DAY 3:41

09 BLOW SATCHMO 0:48

10 THE REAL AMBASSADOR 3:12

11 NOMAD 2:56

12 IN THE LURCH 2:32

13 ONE MOMENT WORTH YEARS 4:22

14 YOU SWING BABY [THE DUKE] 2:36

15 SUMMER SONG 2:26

16 THEY SAY I LOOK LIKE GOD 5:30

17 I DIDN’T KNOW UNTIL YOU TOLD ME 3:02

18 SINCE LOVE HAD ITS WAY 2:34

19 EASY AS YOU GO 1:41

20 SWING BELLS/BLOW SATCHMO/FINALE 6:06

21 EASY AS YOU GO 1:43*

22 TAKE FIVE 2:18*

23 IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY 3:01*

24 OH, SO BLUE 2:35*

25 LORD, LORD 5:30*

Total Time: 76:29

LOUIS ARMSTRONG - trumpet & vocals

CARMEN McRAE - vocals

DAVE LAMBERT, JON HENDRICKS & ANNIE ROSS - vocals

TRUMMY YOUNG - trombone & vocals

JOE DARENSBOURG - clarinet

DAVE BRUBECK & BILLY KYLE - piano

EUGENE WRIGHT & IRVING MANNING - bass

JOE MORELLO & DANNY BARCELONA - drums

The complete original album The Real Ambassadors (Columbia OS2250), which was the first and only collaboration between Dave Brubeck and Louis Armstrong. Also featured are Carmen McRae, and the trio of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. All of the existing music from the sessions, as well as additional songs by Brubeck and McRae recorded during the same period have been included here as a bonus.

Thanks to his longtime manager, Joe Glaser, Louis Armstrong was one of the few jazz stars who didn’t have to sign an exclusive contract with any recording company. This allowed him to record with whomever he wanted on any project that interested him. The Real Ambassadors, features Louis’ first and only recorded collaborations with Dave Brubeck (also co-composer and conductor of the album), singer Carmen McRae, and the vocal trio of Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross. The Real Ambassadors project, which delivered a strong political message condemning racism, was an original Broadway play written and composed by Brubeck and his wife Iola. The reception of the album itself was mixed. These were troubled political times and beginning in the mid-fifties, the Cold War American government had begun to use jazzmen as tools for cultural and political understanding between politically opposed countries. Both Louis and Dave had, each with his own group, taken part on such tours.

DOWN BEAT Original Review:

“No jazz album released in the last year has made a more immediate impression of freshness, vitality, and reality than The Real Ambassadors. What makes the results doubly delightful is the fact that this newness stems not from any self-conscious attempt to dig a different path or swim a new stream but from the essence of jazz in its most timeless and generally acceptable form. Armstrong is heard on almost every track, but he is joined at one time or another by all the principals. Miss McRae, too, is perfect in her role. Her duets with Armstrong are a joy.” (Leonard Feather)

Poll Winners Records PWR27293

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