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JAZZ MEMORIES takes a trip back to the Golden Age of jazz. Clifford Brown and Max Roach were wailing away over at Basin Street. Thelonious Monk was holding court at the Five Spot. Count Basie's mighty orchestra was raising the temperature to the boiling point up at Birdland. It was a miraculous time when everyone from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, to Swing Era sages like Roy Eldridge and Lester Young to bop innovators like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker to second generation modernists like Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Clifford Brown were all alive and well and playing at their brilliant best.
A beautiful 72-page book offers unforgettable images of these jazz masters by the great photographer Herman Leonard, who was always there when the action was going down. Two CDs overflowing with extraordinary music, complement the sensitivity and artistry of these photographs, forming an audio-visual gallery of some of the finest, most soulful jazz ever recorded by over 30 of its greatest practitioners. Intimate session stories about each performance enrich the listeners experience by detailing exactly what went down in the studio while these recordings were taking place.
We are sure that all jazz fans will appreciate the extraordinary effort and love that have gone into the making of Jazz Memories.
"It is the best compilation of the masters of the Golden Age of jazz ever produced! An instant classic." -- Tony Bennett, artist, October 16, 2001
"Looking through the pictures in JAZZ MEMORIES, one can only marvel" -- LA Times, November 23, 2001
A magnificent collection of jazz history and one any collector, student, educator or jazz enthusiast would appreciate. A must have. -- All Music Guide, November 2001