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.

1.Duke's PlaceLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington5:04
2.I'm Just A Lucky So And SoLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:09
3.Cotton TailLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:42
4.Mood IndigoLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:57
5.Do Nothin' Till You Hear From MeLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington2:38
6.The Beautiful AmericanLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:08
7.Black And Tan FantasyLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington4:00
8.Drop Me Off In HarlemLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:49
9.The MoocheLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:39
10.In A Mellow ToneLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:48
11.It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:59
12.SolitudeLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington4:55
13.Don't Get Around Much AnymoreLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:32
14.I'm Beginning To See The LightLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:38
15.Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:58
16.Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington3:58
17.I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington5:32
18.AzaleaLouis Armstrong & Duke Ellington5:02