Mack the Knife

Nineteen years after his death, Armstrong remains the supreme embodiment of jazz aesthetics. Mack the Knife, previously unissued, documents Armstrong’s 1957 set at the Newport Jazz Festival. The performance is hardly inspired, but there are a few highlights, including a rousing ”Indiana,” a version of ”Mahogany Hall Stomp” in which Armstrong revives his 1929 solo with even greater rhythmic elan, a buoyant ”Sweet Georgia Brown” by clarinetist Ed Hall, and an offhandedly dramatic ”Lazy River.” B

Mack the Knife
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