Presented here is a nice cross-section of the recordings Satchmo made for RCA Victor over the years, running a time frame from the early 1930s to 1970s, the last of which, "What a Wonderful World," was recorded a year before his death.
The earliest sides are with his orchestra, running through "St.
Louis Blues," "Swing You Cats," and "Basin Street Blues," and sounding a bit constrained by the arrangements.
But the compilation also features sides with his Dixieland Seven ("Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans") and his All-Stars -- including two tracks recorded live at Town Hall in New York in 1947 -- that swing with the usual Armstrong flair and charm.
Perhaps it's not the most essential Louis Armstrong collection out there, but it's some damn fine listening along the way.
A nice bargain in a single-disc set.