Dot Time Records is proud to announce two additions to its Legends Series on vinyl: Louis Armstrong Live in France and Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker – Ballads For Two. Both LP’s will be available on July 10, 2020. 

Louis Armstrong Live in France features the audio from a 1948 performance recorded from Louis Armstrong and His All Stars’ run at the Nice Opera House in Paris.  This historical concert marked Armstrong’s performance at the first ever Nice International Jazz Festival and features Jack Teagarden on trombone and vocals, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Earl “Fatha” Hines on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, and Sid Catlett on drums. These are both limited edition, hand numbered releases; only 500 of each have been created. 

The 1948 concert sees a flawless performance from Louis and the All Stars.  A showcase of the virtuosity of the ensemble, the unmistakable sound of Earl Hines on piano adorned with the Teagarden’s masterful trombone performance, is a treat to audiences.  However, Armstrong demonstrates that he’s the leader on each track, whether shooting for the fences with some fierce improvising on “Panama”, scatting like a demon on “Them There Eyes” or making a serious statement on “Black and Blue.”  This spellbinding release showcases a 46 year old Louis Armstrong in his musical prime. 

Almost 40 years after its original limited release, Wolfgang Lackerschmid and Chet Baker’s Ballads For Two can now reach a broader audience, seeing as its initial limited-print vinyl would often have fans set sails on a treasure hunt for a copy of this marvelous collaboration between the two jazz virtuosos.  

Meticulously remastered at Gearbox Records, Ballads For Two features a total of 8 tracks, including Lackerschmid originals as well as select covers. This Dot Time Legends release comes with two bonus tracks from the vinyl’s original recording session which took place in a Stuttgart, Germany studio back in 1979. The marriage between the two artists’ sounds could be described as an “emotive and telepathic” partnership of Baker’s trumpet and Lackerschmid’s vibes, with the former unveiling the true breadth of his talent, and claiming his much-deserved place among jazz greats. Album highlights include “Blue Bossa” and “Waltz for Susan”, while fans will appreciate an alternate take of “Why Shouldn’t You Cry:, as well as a mesmerizing performance of Lackerschmid’s “Double O”. 

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