Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong's The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (2000) is included in Elvis Costello's "500 Albums You Need" (Vanity Fair, November 2000).
It was only then that I understood the great debt that all singers and players owe to people like Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, who first addressed the microphone with intimacy and rhythmic invention, rather than belting out a tune to the back row of the balcony. Elvis Costello: Artist's Choice liner notes

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