Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - Town Hall Concert Plus (Mono)
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - Town Hall Concert Plus (Mono)
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - Town Hall Concert Plus (Mono)
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - Town Hall Concert Plus (Mono)

Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra - Town Hall Concert Plus (Mono)

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 Louis Armstrong - trumpet, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Louis Armstrong]

A1-3, B1-3 :

  • Jack Teagarden, trombone
  • Bobby Hackett, trumpet
  • "Peanuts" Hucko, clarinet
  • Dick Cary, piano
  • Bob Haggart, bass
  • Sidney Catlett, drums

A5 & B5 :

  • Vic Dickenson, trombone
  • Barney Bigard, clarinet
  • Charlie Beal, piano
  • Allan Reuss, guitar
  • Red Callenndar, bass
  • Zutty Singleton, drums

B4 : 

  • Bobby Hackett, trumpet
  • Jack Teagarden, trombone
  • "Peanuts" Hucko, clarinet
  • Ernie Caceres, baritone sax
  • Johnny Guarnieri, piano
  • Al Casey, guitar
  • Al Hall, bass
  • Cozy Cole, drums

A4 & B6 :

  • Charlie Shavers, trumpet (A4)
  • Neal Hefti, trumpet (B6)
  • Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet
  • Johnny Hodges, alto sax
  • Don Byas, tenor sax
  • Billy Strayhorn, piano
  • Duke Ellington, piano (A4)
  • Remo Palmieri, guitar
  • Chubby Jackson, bass
  • Sonny Greer, drums

A6 : 

  • Kid Ory, trombone
  • Barney Bigard, clarinet
  • Charlie Beal, piano
  • Bud Scott, guitar
  • Red Callendar, bass
  • Minor Hall, drums


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : RCA

Recorded : 

  • April 24, 1947, Town Hall, New York City (A1-3, B1-3)
  • September 6, 1946, Los Angeles (A5, B5)
  • June 10, 1947, New York (B4)
  • January 10, 1946 (A4, B6)
  • October 17, 1946, Hollywood (A6)

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London.

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in 2017



Side A:

  1. Rockin' Chair
  2. Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love For You)
  3. Back O' Town Blues
  4. Long Long Journey
  5. I Want A Little Girl
  6. Mahogany Hall Stomp

Side B:

  1. Pennies From Heaven
  2. St. James Infirmary
  3. Save It, Pretty Mama
  4. Someday You'll Be Sorry
  5. Sugar
  6. Snafu


Reviews :

"This album is made of six numbers from the famous Town Hall concert of 1947, plus offerings from four others, which if not perhaps quite so famous are nevertheless all more than worthy of your attention. Armstrong's playing in these days was something to marvel at, and his presence a vitalising effect upon any musicians who teamed up with him. Teagarden never played or sung better than he did here (St. James Infirmary to note), but nor for that matter did Bigard. Vic Dickenson, Johnny Hodges, or any of the other musicians who haunt these tracks. The standard throughout is very high, but no one, however well they play, can approach the brilliance of Louis as he soars into his first chorus on Misbehavin' with the control and majesty of a seagull on the wing.

Teagarden plays well enough on this track, but sandwiched between Louis' solo and a fantastic lead-in to his final chorus, he sounds almost dull by comparison. Save It, Pretty Mama is another tour de force, with Louis playing a solo that is supreme for tightness, and relaxation. The two tracks with Duke are full of interest. Hodges blows beautifully. Duke plays some pleasant piano on Journey, and Pops comes on with a blues vocal which is quite inimitable. Snafu, a boppish kind of tune, doesn't suit Louis quite so well, but as usual he can dig his way out of any situation with his horn. Little Girl and Mahogany Hall feature a much more basic beat and Louis plays in a style much nearer New Orleans than was usual in these days. Ory takes a splendid chorus on the second named tune, and the work of both drummers is exceptional.

But everything is good and Armstrong's work so consistently brilliant and vastly entertaining, that it is a set you must not miss on any account." By Sinclair Traill


Ratings :

Discogs : 3,86 / 5

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