As a trumpet player, there was no one to touch Armstrong, thus began Colin Fleming in his New Yorker review of DRG's brand new release Bing and Satchmo.
Description: But Crosby was an apt vocal foil. The two had their summit meeting in 1960, resulting in 'Bing and Satchmo,' previously unavailable on compact disk. 'Dardanella' suggests how keenly these two men must have listened to each other: Crosby's sly syllabic upticks at the end of each line show how readily he had absorbed Armstrong's methodology, while Armstrong's vocal is a blend of full-on melody and smart, conversational tones, a Crosby staple. Throughout, Billy May's arrangements have plenty of starch to them, but 'Lazy River' (bonus track) borders on a kind of laconic grace, two voices whiling the day away before drifting home.