Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology Box set
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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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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!
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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Bought as a Christmas gift for a jazz aficionado and it was the perfect thing. Highly recommend for the true jazz lover or collector.Published 1 month ago by C. Webb
Recording quality excellent, excellent coverage of the genres. Voluminous information, well researched.Published 7 months ago by Michael M Lean
I don't give out 5's. but if I round up from about a 4.7, I get five.Published 10 months ago by Loyd
This was a gift for my husband. The anthology is quite extension. He is enjoying it very much. The artists and the selections are organized well and contribute to the overall... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ann Michaels
Quality of the reproductions was remarkably good. Music choices were very good. A little more history to go with the muscial anthology would have been appreciated.Published 15 months ago by rhonda danielson