February 11th - Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours

In 1971, five months before he passed away, Louis Armstrong was introduced by David Frost to what sounds like an incredibly soused National Press Club and performed the concert recorded on the first five tracks of this album. Despite some health problems that you can hear a bit of in between songs, Armstrong's performance is excellent and dynamic, and he cracks a joke about impotence and rye bread, as well as singing a version of "The Saints Go Marching In" that recounts his entire career. The remainder of the album is a memorial session, held one year later, with his bandmates and friends Tommy Gwaltney and Tyree Glenn. If that wasn't enough, the album comes with sixteen pages of New Orleans recipes, all reproduced in the liner notes scans. 

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