Jazz trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong was and remains one of the most important American musicians to emerge during the early 20th century. He popularized traditional New Orleans jazz throughout America and around the world, all the while forging a newly modern style of his own. Armstrong's trumpet was bold, brassy, and, at its best, crackled with innovative energy. He also straddled the worlds of jazz and show business, gaining fame as a popular singer and actor, and served as a cultural ambassador for the USA in later years. CENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY presents a fine selection of his hits. While no single-disc collection could do justice to Armstrong's career, this ANTHOLOGY serves as a nice introduction, especially as it includes a DVD of performances.