The Brass, of course, would have loved to play with Louis Armstrong, but the years just didn't line up. We were only starting as a group in 1971, the year that Satchmo died. This could well have been the end of the story--a legacy to be studied and analyzed. But in the creative hands of Luther Henderson this wealth of musical history was made alive to us. How fortunate we are to have had Luther as our link to all those amazing performers and composers that have made jazz what it is today. And "swing that music" pretty much sums up everything Luther taught us about performing.
SWING THAT MUSIC
STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBEQUE
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN
ST. LOUIS BLUES
BLACK AND BLUE
WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS
BLACK BOTTOM STOMP
STRIKE UP THE BAND
Posted by Musical Heritage Society on 11th Mar 2011
CANADIAN BRASS - THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BRASS GROUP celebrates the life and music of American jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Seventeen outstanding arrangements featuring Louis Armstrong’s best-loved songs and most recognizable hits including Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sweet Georgia Brown, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Shout, Black Bottom Stomp, Struttin’ With Some Barbecue, Black and Blue and Way Down Yonder in New Orleans.
The title track, Swing That Music is a song that Louis Armstrong composed and later, it became the title of his autobiography. It aptly describes Armstrong music and life and sets the pace perfectly in this extraordinary tribute.
The CD includes a special version of the Louis Armstrong hit song Blueberry Hill featuring vocalist Adam James backed by the Canadian Brass – they ask that you consider it a place “where the Brass and Louis meet!”
The album also features three tracks prepared by the late Luther Henderson based on Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. Henderson weaves seamless lines throughout the ensemble giving a fresh take on Bach’s popular melodies. There are also four Gershwin works including the toe-tapping Strike Up The Band, also arranged by Luther Henderson, as well as the clever Promenade, the stylish Three Quarter Blues and the hauntingly beautiful Sleepless Night, all arranged by Canadian Brass member Brandon Ridenour.
Together these tracks make for an infectious and worthy tribute to the man they call Satchmo.