Picks and Pans Review: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1923-1934)

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Louis Armstrong

This is an ideal introduction to Armstrong's jazz, as well as a trove of rare treasures for fans. The four-CD set begins with Satchmo's recording debut with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band and concludes with highlights from his first European studio sessions. His early masterpieces with the Hot Five and Hot Seven are here, including the hard-swinging "Heebie Jeebies," as well as his turns with vocalist Bessie Smith and country crooner Jimmie Rodgers. If Santa leaves this collection in your stocking, you're in for one happy Christmas. (Legacy/Columbia)

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