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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology Box set

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The great American musical invention of the 20th century, jazz is an ever-youthful, still evolving
music of beauty, sensitivity, and brilliance that has produced (and been produced by) an
extraordinary progression of talented artists. JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology traces the turning
points in its history through its legendary innovators among them Armstrong, Ellington, Basie,
Parker, Gillespie, Davis, Hancock, Corea, Marsalis and notable styles, from early ragtime to
international modernism and every major movement in between. With 111 tracks that showcase
artists at their best and most influential, this remarkable anthology is the successor to the milestone
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz of 1973, once again offering a wellspring resource for
educators, students, musicians, beginners, and aficionados. Scores of leading jazz scholars,
performers, and writers collaborated in selecting the recordings and producing the incisive
annotations. The accompanying book also features an informative background essay as well as
suggestions for listeners on appreciating the full richness of the performances. If ever there were a
jazz appreciation course in a box, this is it. JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology renews the legacy
of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch s commitment to letting the people s music be heard
and fulfills the educational mission of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label
of the United States national museum.


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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • 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: Smithsonian/Folkways
  • ASIN: B004GFGUBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David Horgan on May 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Reposting this as a review so that everyone can easily see it...

Thanks for the feedback on the track listings - this was an issue with the CDDB (CD Database) that media players use to fetch album information. We were informed that it as been corrected, so please try to refresh the information by re-inserting the CD. Please contact us at smithsonianfolkways@si.edu if you continue to experience this issue and we will do what we can to assist.

We'd also be happy to supply you with a spreadsheet of the song titles and artists if you would like to update the information in Windows Media Player manually (without typing them in).

best,

David Horgan
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wittgenstein on April 21, 2011
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Most anthologies seems to have been developed with little thought and extremely mixed quality. The Smithsonian's jazz collection is just the opposite, with a broad and interesting array of recordings accompanied by insightful commentary and some wonderful pictures. Packaged as a book with the CD's tucked in the back, the collection provides high quality sound and enjoyable and educational reading.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By F. Morris Rosman on March 29, 2011
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I just got my copy in the mail and pardon me if I don't make it to work today, but I want to listen to each of the more
and one hundred tracks. Then I have to read the fabulous notes and look at each and every picture.
This collection is a MUST OWN for every music lover, even if you think you don't like Jazz. Somehow, Smithsonian Folkways and its fabulous advisers manage to make perfect, swinging sense out of America's very own music, you'll hear ragtime, Swing, Bop, Big Band and more. Each cut is a delight. Thank you, Smithsonian Folkways!
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Severus Martin Bernice on April 11, 2011
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I do not own this box set, nor do I intend to buy it. I own virtually all of the recordings contained on these six discs, so there's really need for me to add this to my collection. Neverthless, I did closely peruse the track listings.

This is not for the deep-rooted jazz fan, but rather for those interested in gaining a better sense of the rich and diverse nature of the art form. I could "nit-pick" about this artist being excluded or another being under-represented, but that would be rather absurd given the purpose of the project.

It is an anthology...an intoduction, if you will. It provides a very comprehensive overview of the development of jazz and all of the subfields that have emerged over the past century. Most of the major artists and their most notable tunes are represented within this set.

Having purchased other packages from the Smithsonian/Folkways line and reading of this project's pedigree, I'm fairly confident that the accompanying book is both highly informative and entertaining within itself.

This collection strikes me as much more balanced than the set put out under the Ken Burns banner several years ago.

As another reviwer noted, if you're any sort of a music fan you'll want to add this to your collection. And should you wish to develop a deeper sense of jazz, this is your best point of departure.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jim R. Whitt on October 2, 2011
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I debated whether to purchase the complete Ken Burns Jazz set or this one. This one is more expensive. But it is worth it, believe me. The book that comes with the CDs, giving the history of each song and the people who made it, is fascinating. Highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NVM on November 28, 2011
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This is a terrific anthology with great recordings and a superb accompanying text. You can always get picky and find something or someone missing, but this anthology is broad and deep and extremely well researched. It would be something a pretty sophisticated jazz fan would really enjoy, as well as a jazz novice. A great Holiday gift. 5 Stars from me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Cantor on August 22, 2013
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I am something of a jazz fanatic and own thousands of jazz recordings of all kinds. My father bought me this box set as a gift and I approached it with some trepidation. I have heard many lackluster "history of jazz" compilations and attempting to distill the history of jazz down to 6 discs seemed like a recipe for frustration. I was very pleasantly surprised, however. The set is truly comprehensive, spanning the earliest jazz recordings to the 2000's. The selection is superb and imaginative with shrewd choices that weigh musical and historical value equally. Unlike the Ken Burns series, the compilers don't pretend that jazz ended with Bitches Brew. Anthony Braxton, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Zorn, Steve Coleman, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sun Ra, Medeski Martin and Wood, Cecil Taylor, the World Saxohpone Quartet and others are all present and correct. Every single track has a full page or more in the accompanying book with concise, well-written annotations and full personnel and recording details and photographs. What is best of all though is that this compilation is a great, entertaining listen. I'ts obvious that real thought was put into the sequencing and flow of it. It's such a pleasure to hear a project like this presented as entertainment rather than an academic exercise. In two words, it swings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bubba Souffle on March 24, 2013
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from our Smithsonian. My wife and I adore this collection and listen to it at every meal, it seems. I recommend the compendium that spans the decades. A worthy purchase.
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