Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th Century thanks to the way he improvised with his trumpet. Among non-jazz fans, "Satchmo" is best known for singing ballads like "What a Wonderful World".
Since his stunning debut in 1974 with the now world-famous audiophile recordings for the Three Blind Mice label, Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto has built a career that now spans four decades. His brand-new trio album What A Wonderful World follows his previous release Gentle Blues (VHCD-1118), his first recording for Venus Records in 14 years. In fact, the 12 tracks in this CD were recorded on the day after 10 tracks on Gentle Blues were recorded. It is remarkable that Yamamoto and his trio recorded enough materials for two CDs in two consecutive days, but then again, he is a veteran pianist who doesn't like to repeat himself and prefers to record everything in a single take.
This is one of the last recordings of American trumpeter Robert Leo "Bobby" Hackett (Rhode Island, 1915-1976). During the 30s and 40s he worked with the bands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Casa Loma Orchestra. He later worked with dozens of artists (Teddy Wilson, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, etc..) and from the 50s until his death he continued acting and rec ording with several small groups. The repertoire of ten themes of the album is dominated by Dixieland and swing standards.