Louis Armstrong was a superstar, long before Andy Warhol popularised the phrase. Pops visited more countries around the world than any of his contemporaries, at a time when foreign travel by musicians was headline news; the fact that Louis Armstrong was a jazzman makes his achievements remarkable. As a black man - very definitely born on the wrong side of the tracks - it makes his achievements unique. And as Miles Davis said, 'You can't play anything on a horn that Louis hasn't played.'

As you would expect from someone who was recording for so long, Louis Armstrong has an enormous catalogue and it's full of great music. Knowing where to start is the thing. For the best introduction to his long career check out Louis - The Best of Louis Armstrong or the 4CD set, Ambassador of Jazz which includes some recently discovered unreleased material and an hour long interview with Satchmo that is riveting. His albums with Ella FitzgeraldElla & Louis and Ella & Louis Again define what it is to perform a jazz duet. Equally, Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson is another exercise in brilliance.

The documentary maker, Ken Burns in his series on Jazz said, "Armstrong is to music what Einstein is to physics and the Wright Brothers are to travel." Read on to find out just why this is so true.

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Ambassador Of Jazz

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Ella & Louis

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Porgy & Bess

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Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography

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Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson

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Louis Under The Stars

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I've Got The World On A String

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The Ultimate Collection

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New Orleans Nights

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Ella & Louis Again

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Louis And The Angels

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