The Great Summit Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

I didn’t get into jazz until later in my years. I don’t see it as a sign of growing old or losing touch with what’s popular of the day…it’s just something that happens to your taste in music. It changes. Gone are the days of blasting Top 40 radio in your car as the seek/scan buttons stop more on SportsTalk and other stations you put on as background noise. Having worked at a Smooth Jazz radio station, i was familiar with the Kenny G’s, Wayman Tisdales’, and Lou Rawls’ of the world. Jazz Nazi’s would call up and say, “This isn’t real jazz, play some Coltrane!”

Radio listeners don’t like it when you play what they like to hear and they certainly don’t like it when you don’t play what they like to hear. It’s tough keeping the happy peasants dancing.

So why, this album? I don’t know.

I dabbled in some of the more popular jazz artists to see what I would like. There are so many different forms of Jazz…off the top of my head: Acid, Funk, Be-Bop, Smooth, Freeform, Latin, Soul, Swing…the list goes on. I am not a music Nazi. I know what I like and if I don’t like something I’ll happily give it a second listen.

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are some heavyweights in the Jazz songbook. I think at first I recognized one of the songs on The Master Takes, but other than that, I couldn’t tell what were the jazz standards, covers, or hits. But I knew of Satchmo and Duke.

All in all, it’s a good album. It’s enjoyable. It’s light and airy.

I can see listening to this album not from start to finish. This album contains cuts that would pepper a shuffled playlist nicely.



 TrackLength
1.Duke's Place5:04
2.I'm Just A Lucky So And So3:09
3.Cotton Tail3:42
4.Mood Indigo3:57
5.Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me2:38
6.The Beautiful American3:08
7.Black And Tan Fantasy4:00
8.Drop Me Off In Harlem3:49
9.The Mooche3:39
10.In A Mellow Tone3:48
11.It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)3:59
12.Solitude4:55
13.Don't Get Around Much Anymore3:32
14.I'm Beginning To See The Light3:38
15.Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)3:58
16.Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)3:58
17.I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)5:32
18.Azalea5:02