Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music (5-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 5
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  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Sony

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/1/00, p.95
"...Gathers many of the 20th century's greatest recordings...that belong in any library....providing as richly rewarding an overview of jazz...as any available..." - Rating: A-

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Stardust - Louis Armstrong
  • 2.Soon One Mornin' (Death Come A-Creepin' in My Room) - Mississippi Fred McDowell
  • 3.Memphis Blues - Jim Europe's Infantry Band
  • Buy for $0.994.Livery Stable Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
  • 5.Charleston (South Carolina) - James P. Johnson
  • Buy for $0.996.Chimes Blues - King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
  • Buy for $0.997.Backwater Blues - Bessie Smith
  • 8.Pearls, The - Jelly Roll Morton
  • Buy for $0.999.Dead Man Blues - Jelly Roll Morton
  • Buy for $0.9910.Wild Cat Blues - Clarence Williams' Blue Five
  • Buy for $0.9911.Cake Walking Babies from Home - Clarence Williams' Blue Five
  • Buy for $0.9912.Sugar Foot Stomp - Fletcher Henderson
  • Buy for $0.9913.Heebie Jeebies - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
  • Buy for $0.9914.Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven
  • Buy for $0.9915.West End Blues - Louis Armstrong
  • Buy for $0.9916.Mooche, The - Duke Ellington
  • 17.East St. Louis Toodle-Oo - Duke Ellington
  • Buy for $0.9918.Black Beauty - Duke Ellington
  • 19.Mood Indigo - Jungle Band
  • Buy for $0.9920.There Ain't No Sweet Man (Worth the Salt of My Tears) - Paul Whiteman
  • Buy for $0.9921.Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) - Frankie Trumbauer
  • Buy for $0.9922.Riverboat Shuffle - Frankie Trumbauer
  • 23.Hotter Than 'Ell - Fletcher Henderson
  • Buy for $0.9924.I Got Rhythm - Ethel Waters

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington
  • Buy for $0.992.Echoes of Harlem - Duke Ellington
  • Buy for $0.993.Moten Swing - Bennie Moten & the Kansas City Orchestra
  • Buy for $0.994.St. Louis Blues - Louis Armstrong
  • Buy for $0.995.Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong
  • 6.For Dancers Only - Jimmie Lunceford
  • Buy for $0.997.King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman
  • Buy for $0.998.Rose Room - Goodman Group
  • Buy for $0.999.Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman
  • 10.Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie
  • 11.Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) - Count Basie
  • Buy for $0.9912.Lester Leaps In - Count Basie / Kansas City 5, 6 & 7/Kansas City Seven
  • Buy for $0.9913.Oh, Lady Be Good - Jones-Smith, Inc.
  • Buy for $0.9914.Without Your Love - Billie Holiday
  • 15.Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
  • Buy for $0.9916.God Bless the Child - Eddie Heywood / Billie Holiday / Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra
  • 17.Three Little Words - Art Tatum
  • 18.Rebecca - Pete Johnson / Big Joe Turner
  • 19.Harlem Congo - Chick Webb
  • 20.A-Tisket, A-Tasket - Chick Webb
  • 21.Shine - Django Reinhardt / Le Quartet Du Hot Club De France / Django Reinhardt & the Quintet of the Hot Club of France
  • Buy for $0.9922.Dear Old Southland - Noble Sissle

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $0.991.Body and Soul - Coleman Hawkins
  • Buy for $0.992.Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington
  • Buy for $0.993.Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington
  • Buy for $0.994.Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw
  • Buy for $0.995.In the Mood - Glenn Miller
  • Buy for $0.996.Well, Git It! - Tommy Dorsey
  • Buy for $0.997.Solitude - Eddie Heywood / Billie Holiday / Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra
  • Buy for $0.998.Drum Boogie - Gene Krupa
  • 9.Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie
  • 10.Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet
  • 11.Koko - Charlie Parker
  • 12.Scrapple from the Apple - Charlie Parker Quintet
  • 13.Embraceable You - Charlie Parker Quintet
  • 14.Get Happy - Bud Powell Trio
  • 15.Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk
  • 16.Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
  • Buy for $0.9917.Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie
  • 18.Moon Dreams - Miles Davis Nonet
  • 19.Just Friends - Charlie Parker
  • Buy for $0.9920.Rockin' Chair - Louis Armstrong
  • 21.They Can't Take That Away from Me - Sarah Vaughan
  • 22.Walking Shoes - Chet Baker / Gerry Mulligan
  • Buy for $0.9923.Fine and Mellow - Billie Holiday

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Doodlin' - Horace Silver / Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers / Horace Silver & The Jazz Messengers
  • 2.I Get a Kick Out of You - Clifford Brown / Max Roach
  • 3.St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
  • 4.Django - The Modern Jazz Quartet
  • Buy for $0.995.Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Buy for $1.296.So What - Miles Davis Sextet
  • 7.Giant Steps - John Coltrane Quartet
  • 8.Rick Kick Shaw - Cecil Taylor Trio
  • 9.Chronology - Ornette Coleman
  • 10.Original Faubus Fables - Charles Mingus
  • 11.Aknowledgement - John Coltrane Quartet (from "A Love Supreme")

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
  • 2.Desafinado - Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd
  • 3.In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington / John Coltrane
  • Buy for $0.994.Tourist Point of View - Duke Ellington
  • Buy for $0.995.E.S.P. - Miles Davis Quintet
  • Buy for $0.996.Spanish Key - Miles Davis (single version)
  • Buy for $0.997.Birdland - Weather Report
  • 8.Mister Magic - Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Buy for $0.999.Rockit - Herbie Hancock
  • 10.Ange en Danger, Un - MC Solaar / Ron Carter
  • Buy for $0.9911.Tanya - Dexter Gordon
  • Buy for $0.9912.Soon All Will Know - Wynton Marsalis
  • 13.Death Letter - Cassandra Wilson
  • Buy for $0.9914.Take the "A" Train - Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Product Description:

Compilation producers include: Ken Burns, Steve Berkowitz, Sarah Botstein, Michael Cuscuna, Peter Miller.
Includes liner notes by Geoffrey C. Ward, Michael Cuscuna, and Loren Schoenberg.
Digitally remastered by Seth Foster and Mark Wilder (Sony Studios, New York, New York) and Kevin Reeves (Universal Mastering Studios-East, Edison, New Jersey).
This is part of the Columbia/Legacy Ken Burns JAZZ series.
Personnel: Jimmy Garrison (vocals, chant); Mississippi Fred McDowell (vocals, guitar); Charles Gaylord (vocals, violin); Chano Pozo (vocals, congas); Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Eberie, Irene Daye, Jack Fulton, Marion Hutton, Baby Cox, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby (vocals); "Big" Mike McKendrick (guitar, banjo); Eddie Durham (guitar, trombone); Danny Barker , Eddie Lang, Eric Gale , Ernest Ashley, Freddie Green, Will Johnson, Al Avola, Richard Fisher , Al Norris, Lawrence Lucie, Leroy Berry, Paul Chapman, Jimmy Miller , John McLaughlin, Lonnie Johnson, Ray Biondi, Pierre Ferret, Al Casey , Jimmy McLin, Bobby Johnson, Charlie Byrd (guitar); Kevin Breit (electric guitar, banjo); Charlie Christian (electric guitar); Fred Guy (banjo, tuba); Bill Johnson , Buddy Christian , Mancy Carr, Tony Gattuso, Charlie Dixon (banjo); Bronislaw Gimpel, Oscar Madera, Kurt Dieterle, Mario Perry, Carroll Dickerson, Milton Lomask, Joseph Malin, Matty Malneck, St‚phane Grappelli, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Max Hollander, Max Ellen, Harry Lookofsky (violin); Frank Brieff, Al Brown (viola); Frank Miller , Charles McCracken (cello); Wayman Carver (flute, tenor saxophone); Calvin Jones (piccolo); Don Cherry , Thomas Morris (cornemuse); Heine Beau, Eddie Barefield, Hal McLean, Garvin Bushell, Hal McIntyre, Chet Hazlett, Albert Nicholas, Charlie Holmes (clarinet, alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, Rube Crozier, Sam Musiker (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Ernie Caceres, Harry Carney (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Darnell Howard, Edmond Hall, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Darensbourg, Johnny Dodds, Peanuts Hucko, Rudy Jackson, Barney Bigard, Benny Goodman, Buster Bailey (clarinet); Mitch Miller (oboe); Jes£s Hern ndez, Arturo Ayala, Antonio Gonzales (reeds); Ornette Coleman (saxophone); Otto Hardwick, Sidney Bechet (soprano saxophone); George Koenig, Lester Boone, Dan Grissom, Eustis Moore, Eric Dolphy, Howard E. Johnson , George James, Jackie Fields, Bert Curry, Hilton Jefferson, Ed Brown , Manny Gershman, Ernie Powell, Jimmy Powell , Johnny Hodges, Lee Konitz, Louis Jordan, Russell Procope, Nuncio "Toots" Mondello, Paul Desmond, Hank Freeman, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker (alto saxophone); Stanley Payne, Ronnie Perry , Dexter Gordon, Kenneth Hollon, Walter Bates, Hank Mobley, Herschel Evans, Joe Gayles, Dick Clark , Stan Getz , Teddy Hill, Teddy McRae, Tex Beneke, Tony Pastor, Vido Musso, Al Klink (tenor saxophone); Gerry Mulligan, Earl Caruthers, Phil Bodner (baritone saxophone); Louis Armstrong (trumpet, cornet, piano); Frank De Broit, Jake "Vernon" Porter (trumpet, cornet); Chet Baker , Manny Klein, Nate Kazebier, Clyde Hurley, Joe Keyes, Elmer Chambers, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Ed Lewis, Leigh Knowles, Chuck Peterson, Clarence Brereton, Freddie Jenkins, Homer Hobson, Demas Dean, Jimmy Blake, John Best , Harry "Sweets" Edison , Harry James, Otis Johnson, Henry "Red" Allen, Henry Busse, Hot Lips Page, Charlie Margulis, Herbie Jones, Dale McMickle, Claude Bowen, Kenny Dorham, Marcus Belgrave, Mario Bauz , Mercer Ellington, Miles Davis, Sy Oliver, Taft Jordan, Ted Curson, William Cat Anderson, Zilner Randolph, Wendell Culley, Louis Metcalf, Wallace Jones, Bubber Miley, Buck Clayton, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); George Mitchell, King Oliver, Bix Beiderbecke, Bobby Hackett (cornet); Bill Rank, Herb Flemming, Jack Lacey, Al Mastern, Joseph Nanton, Eddie Edwards, George Arus, Russell Bowles, Honore Dutrey, Ward "Dope" Andrews, Chester Burrill, Eddie Crumbley, Dave Jacobs, Amos Gillard, Boyce Cullen, J.C. Higginbotham, J.J. Johnson , Jay Kelliher, Wilbur Hall, Ted Kelly, Earl Hardy, John Mayfield, Keg Johnson, Kid Ory, Lawrence Brown , Murray McEachern, Rafael Hern ndez, Art Baron, Wayne Andre, Wycliffe Gordon, Ziggy Elman, George Matthews , Dan Minor, Claude Jones, Red Ballard, Preston Jackson, Buster Cooper, Charlie Green, Charlie Irvis (trombone); Lee Perry, John Barber , Pete Briggs (tuba); Gene Anderson (piano, celesta); Chummy MacGregor, Tommy Fulford, Count Basie, Paul Mertz, Charlie Alexander , Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Duke Jordan, Eddie Heywood, Fletcher Henderson, Frank Froeba, George Cables, Henry W. Ragas , James P. Johnson, Bob Kitsis, Erskine Butterfield, Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Guarnieri, Lil Hardin, Milt Raskin, Pete Johnson , Richie Powell, Stan Freeman, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Bargy, Billy Kyle , Les Burness, John Malachi, Bud Powell, Earl Hines (piano); Chick Corea, Bob James (electric piano); Herbie Hancock (keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer); Michael Beinhorn (mini-Moog synthesizer); Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Harvey Brooks (electric bass); Buddy Deppenschmidt (drums, percussion); Baby Dodds (drums, chimes); Chico Hamilton, Wilbert Kirk, Cozy Cole, Danny Barcelona, Denis Charles, Moe Purtill, Eddie Dougherty, Eddie Gladden, Elvin Jones, Herbert Cowans, Gene Krupa, Harvey Mason, Sr. , Karl Kenny, Jack DeJohnette, Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall, Arthur Herbert, Jimmy Cobb , Jimmy Crawford , Jo Jones , Joe Morello, Kenny Clarke, Alex Acu¤a, Nick Fatool, Andrew Hilaire, Osie Johnson, Paul Barbarin, Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Sonny Greer, Tubby Hall, Walter Johnson , Billy Higgins , Cliff Leeman, Chauncey Morehouse (drums); Don Alias (congas); Daniel Ponce (bata); Manolo Badrena (tambourine); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Marty Bloom (sound effects).
Directors: David Berger ; Ken Burns.
Editors: Sandra Marie Christie; Erik Ewers; Paul Barnes; Craig Mellish; Lewis Erskine.
Arrangers: Count Basie; Eddie Durham; Fletcher Henderson; Fud Livingston; Gil Evans; Gil Fuller; Jerry Gray; Horace Henderson; Elton Hill; Bill Challis; Jimmy Carroll; Jimmy Mundy; Sy Oliver; Van Alexander; Thad Jones; Bob James.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is renowned for the thoughtful approach he takes to big subjects (baseball, the Civil War, etc.). Jazz fans are fortunate to have someone as intellectually curious as Burns to chronicle the music. As expected, he takes the historian's view that's needed to really cover the story of jazz's development. The fact that a five-disc box can barely scratch the surface speaks more about jazz's rich legacy than it does about any shortcomings of this impressive soundtrack to Burns' work.
The discs are divided up chronologically, moving from the Dixieland sound of Louis Armstrong and King Oliver to the big bands of Duke Ellington, on to the bop innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. If this set is lacking in its representation of more "modern" jazz variants (free jazz and beyond), it's only because the 1920s and '30s material that gives the box much of its heft is such an endangered species in need of careful attention. The jazz innovations of the latter 20th century are well catalogued elsewhere, but the nearly lost world of pre-swing is what this box illuminates best.
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