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Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles (1921-1956) [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (August 31, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • 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: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000JZAC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ory's Creole Trombone - Ory's Sunshine Orchestra
2. Creole Song - Ory's Creole Jazz Band
3. Get Out Of Here - Ory's Creole Jazz Band
4. Blues For Jimmy - Ory's Creole Jazz Band
5. Someday Sweetheart - Jelly Roll Morton's Jazz Band
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole Trio
2. The Man I Love - Nat King Cole Trio
3. Body And Soul - Nat King Cole Trio
4. I Wonder - Cecil Grant
5. The Honeydripper Pts. 1 & 2 - Joe Liggins & His Orchestra
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Dial-Ated Pupils - Howard McGhee Sextet
2. Up In Dodo's Room - Howard McGhee Sextet
3. Cruisin' With Cab - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
4. Dissonance In Blues - Gerald Wilson Orchestra
5. Mischievous Lady - Dexter Gordon Quintet
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Sippin' With Cisco - Roy Porter's 17 Behoppers
2. Gassin' The Wig - Roy Porter's 17 Behoppers
3. Little Wig - Roy Porter's 17 Behoppers
4. Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis Quintette
5. Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Throughout the history of jazz, mythical places like New Orleans's Storyville, Chicago's South Side, Kansas City's Tenderloin district, and New York's Harlem and 52nd Street were celebrated as the legendary hotspots. Thankfully, this impressive four-CD, 91-track collection featuring Nat "King" Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Carter to name a few, puts Los Angeles's famous African-American enclave, Central Avenue, on the historical map and offers the listener a zoot-suited, jitterbugged jaunt through Club Alabam, The Downbeat, and other jumpin' joints where Hollywood stars rubbed shoulders with hep cats under a pulsating Pacific sky. The set covers an important period in the development of African-American music, from the conclusion of World War I to the birth of rock & roll: from the early New Orleans bouncy brass-band sounds of "Get Out of Here" by Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band and the Spanish-tinged, habanera syncopation on "Mamanita," courtesy of the pioneering pianist/composer Jelly Roll Morton to Lionel Hampton's boogie-woogie anthem "Flying Home" and the killer keyboard calisthenics on Art Tatum's "Tiger Rag." The Charlie Parker Septet's "Ornithology" blew into town on the wings of bebop innovation and hypnotized local up-and-comers like bassist Charles Mingus--under the moniker of Baron Mingus & His Octet on a rare side called "Bedspread"--and tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon's raw-boned tone on "Chromatic Aberration," which previewed John Coltrane's sheets of sound. Miles Davis's cool indigo-impressionism radiance on "Up in Dodo's Room," performed by the Howard McGhee Sextet, contrasts with the harmonic heights reached by the Gerald Wilson Orchestra's reading of "Groovin' High." There is a remarkable fluidity of transition from blues to R&B, as heard in the western wails on "Blues on Central Avenue" by Joe Turner with the Freddie Slack Trio, Nellie Lutcher's hip-bopping, tasty, and teasing "Fine Brown Frame" and the Texas-bred, guitar twang of T-Bone Walker's "Call It Stormy Monday," all of which highlight the sepia-toned, soulful syncretism that formed the bedrock of modern music and the marvelous black neighborhood that provided the foundation for it. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, historical jazz collection! September 6, 2000
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Central Avenue Sounds is more than a compendium of Los Angeles-based jazz from the 1920s-1960s. It's an historical documentation of an age and cultural environment that is sadly long gone and nearly forgotten. Although it stands on its own as an outstanding collection, buy this set with the book of the same title--"Central Avenue Sounds" edited by Clora Bryant (available here at Amazon)--for a multimedia journey back to a unique time and place. Highest recommendations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Music August 11, 2007
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I just heard this set and loved it. Before the days of electronic modulation and ripping these artists put emotional soul into their art. Much of this set can qualify as a worthy soundtrack for life. To get the most played it on a system that can present the full dynamic range and breath of the artists efforts. Cheers.
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