Monday, 9 January 2012

New Louis Armstrong, By Way Of Preservation Hall

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Listen to this podcast and choose the best option for the questions below.


Podcast by Gwen Thompkins. From National Public Radio

1.    How has Mr. Armstrong come back to life?

A.

After 40 years, he’s found a new band

B.
By releasing a smartly arranged hit
C.
Coming up with a remixed chestnut
D.
With the help of Valentine

2.    Bringing Louis Armstrong back into business …

A.

is an excuse to celebrate Fat Tuesday

B.
is just a fancy effect
C.
was a matter of time
D.
was an idea  by the musician himself

3.    The lyrics of this new recording …

A.

are a copy of the singer’s vocals

B.
are a mixture of old ones
C.
come from a collection of duets
D.
were taken out from a two-singer performance

4.    The recording …

A.      

invites the audience to rock themselves

B.
reminds one of the 60s
C.
sounds real
D.
was found on a rocking chair

5.    Mr. Armstrong and the trombonist ...

A.  

did several play-offs

B.
loved live recordings
C.
were clearly in tune with each other
D.
were laughed at by the audience

6.    The great achievement, according to the interviewer, was to ...

A.

intertwine the lyrics and the music properly

B.
sneak out of the Jazz Hall
C.
tease Louis Armstrong into the recording
D.
turn the CD into a feat

7.    The new recording ...

A.

consisted of including isolated fragments

B.
needed a tempo reference
C.
was a joint  track
D.
was made step by step

8.    The trumpet player ...

A.

had preserved this instrument for years

B.
had to simulate the sound of a horn
C.
was in charge of imitating Armstrong
D.
was overwhelmed by his responsibility

9.    What was the trumpet player’s intention?

A.

learn the recording word for word

B.
perform an identical solo
C.
put verbs into the recording
D.
understand the soul of the original recording

10.  The new record will ...

A.

be out for New Orleans on Tuesday

B.
find preservation in the Jazz Band
C.
have its earnings donated to music programs
D.
have to be engineered and then released

When you feel ready, download the audioscript and answer key sheet so as to check how well you've done.

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