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32 Gems From 32 Jazz [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: 32. Jazz Records
  • ASIN: B00000GV5I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. When Your Lover Has Gone - Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis
2. Doin' That Thing - Les McCann
3. Mo's Theme - Nat Adderley
4. My Romance - Etta Jones
5. Cap'n Jack - Jack McDuff
6. All The Things You Are - Sonny Criss
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Naima - Cedar Walton
2. Tetragon - Woody Shaw
3. The Free Slave - Roy Brooks
4. Blue In Green - Wallace Roney
5. Turkish Woman At The Bath - Pete LaRoca Sims
6. Theme For Malcolm - Donald Byrd
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Broadway - Richard 'Groove' Holmes
2. Body And Soul - Al Cohn & Zoot Sims
3. It's All Right With Me - Red Garland
4. In Walked Bud - Bobby Hutcherson
5. Bar Wars - Willis Jackson
6. Scrapple From The Apple - Richie Cole & Phil Woods
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

It would be hard to find a better overview of the many facets of mainstream jazz from the mid-'60s to the early '90s than this one, especially given its price. This collection from 32 Jazz, the label run by former Atlantic Records producer Joel Dorn, celebrates its third year in the business, and the result is a blast. Consisting almost entirely of selections that first appeared on the now-defunct Muse and Landmark record labels, 32 Gems is meant as an introduction to the label's impressive catalog. It's also packed with some of the best names in jazz: appearing as leaders or sidemen are such figures as Horace Silver, Etta James, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, and countless others. The collection's best asset is its variety, with excellent "soul jazz" from guitarist Grant Green; organ blues from Richard "Groove" Holmes and Jack McDuff; thrilling straight-ahead workouts from the likes of Cedar Walton, Sonny Stitt, and Bobby Hutcherson (whose "In Walked Bud" features a young Branford Marsalis); and boundary-pushing improvising from the inimitable Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Though 32 Gems would function just fine as a stand-alone addition to any jazz collection, it's a safe bet that the best moments here--like Houston Person and Ron Carter's sparse duet on "Blue Seven" or Kenny Barron's gorgeous solo piano rendition of "Oleo"--will inspire any music lover to seek out some of the albums that these cuts are from. --Ezra Gale


An utterly fascinating compendium of mainstream music, ranging widely from organ blues and bebop to ballads and edgy, outside improvising -- Los Angeles Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value & Great Variety February 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're new to the wonderful world of jazz, this is a great place to start. This is a 3 disc sampler set at a bargain price. After listening to several very tasty tunes on disc one I was a little disappointed with disc two. Then came disc three - this was the real killer. Groove Holmes, Red Garland, Willis Jackson and Sonny Stitt were all artists I was familiar with. Bobby Hutcherson, Johnny Lytle and Hank Jones were pleasant surprises. My favorite was the final cut - a 10 minute live version of "Song For My Father" by Horace Silver. I highly recommend this collection for great value & great variety. Also, kudos to 32 Jazz for their attractive packaging.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Hitting Box Set September 8, 2000
By russell
Format:Audio CD
This gets five stars for the volume of quality music you get for the low price. God bless 32 jazz. Anyway, like 32's other compilation, this has a nice mixture of jazz. I prefer the first disc because i live and die for lockjaw davis, cap'n jack, and grant green.
For those who weren't around when these cuts were first issued on vinyl, this can serve as a guide to different musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Very good sound, very well recorded, excellent selection of songs and musicians. A CD to die for!
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