This album is by far one of jazz trombonist and Harlem resident Wycliffe Gordon’s best musical achievements. He captures the essence of Armstrong through his singing and featured trumpet solos. This is his first effort on a solo recording to play trumpet as much or more than trombone, and he has hit a home-run all the way! His trumpet chops are amazing and his sound has an “old timey” feel that really matches what this album is all about.
Meatball 1,2,3 is just Wycliffe performing on trumpet, trombone and sousaphone–completely incredible. The title track “Hello Pops” is Wycliffe’s personal “hello” to Louis Armstrong and after listening I just can’t get the melody out of my head. This album makes you feel good and its the type of album you can listen to over and over and over, and never tire of it. Thank you Wycliffe for what you do! – By Musicbizprof
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