December 15 street date. This 1956 concert by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars is a historical gem, which is finally getting its vinyl debut with this double LP release. Recorded on March 26, 1956, at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, MI, it affords jazz fans a chance to hear what the barnstorming Armstrong’s shows were like in heartland America. Armstrong’s affable presence is pervasive, but not always center stage, as each member of the All-Stars gets his turn in the course of the revue. The release was remastered for viny at Infrasonic Mastering in Los Angelesl from analog tape and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany on two audiophile grade LPs.
November 29 street date. Unearthed for the first time after the discovery of a “mystery" tape reel, Louis Armstrong's performance in Allentown, PA on November 24, 1956 is one for the history books. Armstrong is joined by his All-Stars, including Trummy Young, Edmund Hall, Billy Kyle, and Velma Middleton. Available for the first time in any format, the concert audio has been mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on color vinyl for this limited edition release, exclusively for Record Store Day Black Friday.