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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Star Dust (78rpm Version)Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Soon One Mornin' (Death Come A-Creepin' In My Room)Mississippi Fred McDowell 3:13Album Only
listen  3. Memphis BluesLieut. Jim Europe's 369th Infantry ("Hell Fighters") Band 2:37Album Only
listen  4. Livery Stable BluesThe Original Dixieland Jazz Band 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. CharlestonJames P. Johnson 1:51Album Only
listen  6. Chimes BluesKing Oliver'S Creole Jazz Band 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Backwater Blues (78rpm Version)Bessie Smith 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The PearlsJelly Roll Morton 2:49Album Only
listen  9. Dead Man BluesJelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wild Cat BluesClarence Williams' Blue Five (featuring Sidney Bechet) 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cake Walking Babies (From Home)Clarence Williams' Blue Five 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sugar Foot StompFletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Heebie JeebiesLouis Armstrong And His Hot Five 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Potato Head Blues (78rpm Version)Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. West End BluesLouis Armstrong And His Hot Five 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Mooche (78rpm Version)Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. East St. Louis Toodle-OoDuke Ellington & His Washingtonians 2:52Album Only
listen18. Black BeautyDuke Ellington 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mood IndigoThe Jungle Band 3:09Album Only
listen20. There Ain't No Sweet Man (Worth The Salt Of My Tears)Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Singin' The BluesFrankie Trumbauer& His Orchestra (featuring Bix Beiderbecke) 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Riverboat ShuffleFrank Trumbauer & His Orchestra; featuring Bix Beiderbecke 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Hotter Than 'EllFletcher Henderson And His Orchestra 2:57Album Only
listen24. I Got RhythmEthel Waters 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Echoes Of HarlemDuke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Moten SwingBenny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. St. Louis BluesLouis Armstrong 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Ain't Misbehavin'Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. For Dancers OnlyJimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra 2:40Album Only
listen  7. King Porter StompBenny Goodman & His Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rose RoomBenny Goodman Sextet;Charlie Christian 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 8:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Jumpin' At The WoodsideCount Basie & His Orchestra 3:10Album Only
listen11. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come TodayCount Basie & His Orchestra 2:58Album Only
listen12. Lester Leaps InCount Basie & His Orchestra; with Lester Young 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Oh, Lady, Be Good!Jones-Smith Incorporated;Count Basie 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Without Your LoveBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Strange FruitBillie Holiday 3:13Album Only
listen16. God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Three Little WordsArt Tatum 2:27Album Only
listen18. RebeccaPete Johnson;Joe Turner 2:43Album Only
listen19. Harlem CongoChuck Webb 3:17Album Only
listen20. A-Tisket A-Tasket (Excerpt)Chuck Webb And His Orchestra 2:40Album Only
listen21. ShineDjango Reinhardt 2:58Album Only
listen22. Dear Old SouthlandNoble Sissle & His Orchestra 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  1. Body And SoulColeman Hawkins And His Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Cotton TailDuke Ellington And His Orchestra 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Take the "A" Train (1986 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Begin The BeguineArtie Shaw and His Orchestra 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. In The MoodGlenn Miller & His Orchestra 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Well, Git It!Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Solitude (78rpm Version)Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Drum BoogieGene Krupa & His Orchestra 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillespie And His All Star Quintet 3:15Album Only
listen10. Groovin' HighDizzy Gillespie Sextet 2:43Album Only
listen11. Ko-KoCharlie Parker's Re-Boppers 2:55Album Only
listen12. Scrapple From The AppleCharlie Parker Quintet 3:00Album Only
listen13. Embraceable YouCharlie Parker Quintet 3:46Album Only
listen14. Get HappyBud Powell Trio 2:54Album Only
listen15. EpistrophyThelonious Monk 3:08Album Only
listen16. Straight, No ChaserThelonious Monk 2:57Album Only
listen17. MantecaDizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Moon DreamsThe Miles Davis Nonet 3:21Album Only
listen19. Just FriendsCharlie Parker 3:33Album Only
listen20. Rockin' ChairLouis Armstrong 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. They Can't Take That Away From MeSarah Vaughan & Her Trio 2:43Album Only
listen22. Walkin' ShoesChet Baker;Gerry Mulligan 3:13Album Only
listen23. Fine And MellowBillie Holiday 8:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Doodlin'Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers 6:46Album Only
listen  2. I Get A Kick Out Of YouClifford Brown;Max Roach 7:42Album Only
listen  3. St. ThomasSonny Rollins 6:44Album Only
listen  4. DjangoThe Modern Jazz Quartet 7:05Album Only
listen  5. Take FiveThe Dave Brubeck Quartet 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. So WhatMiles Davis 9:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Giant StepsJohn Coltrane 4:47Album Only
listen  8. Rick Kick ShawCecil Taylor 6:06Album Only
listen  9. ChronologyOrnette Coleman 6:05Album Only
listen10. Original Faubus FablesCharles Mingus 9:16Album Only
listen11. Acknowledgement [from A Love Supreme]John Coltrane 7:50Album Only

Disc 5:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Hello, Dolly!Louis Armstrong 2:25Album Only
listen  2. DesafinadoStan Getz 5:50Album Only
listen  3. In A Sentimental MoodJohn Coltrane;Duke Ellington 4:16Album Only
listen  4. Tourist Point Of ViewDuke Ellington And His Orchestra 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. E.S.P.Miles Davis 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Spanish KeyMiles Davis 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. BirdlandWeather Report 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mister MagicGrover Washington, Jr. 9:01Album Only
listen  9. RockitHerbie Hancock 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Un Ange En DangerRon Carter 3:49Album Only
listen11. TanyaDexter Gordon 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Soon All Will KnowWynton Marsalis 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Death LetterCassandra Wilson 4:13Album Only
listen14. Take The "A" TrainJazz At Lincoln Center 5:36$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (December 8, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: December 8, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
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  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000050HVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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If you set out to create a single anthology that charted all the twists and tributaries of that uniquely American river we call jazz, you couldn't do better than this companion set to the PBS series-94 tracks on 5 CDs licensed from virtually every important label in the history of the music. Includes The Pearls Jelly Roll Morton; Charleston James P. Johnson; West End Blues Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five; The Mooche Duke Ellington; Singin' the Blues Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra featuring Bix Beiderbecke; Moten Swing Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra; Strange Fruit Billie Holiday; Three Little Words Art Tatum; Body and Soul Coleman Hawkins; In the Mood Glenn Miller; Take Five Dave Brubeck; So What Miles Davis; Giant Steps John Coltrane; Desafinado Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, and many more classics.

This five-CD box set soundtrack to filmmaker Ken Burns's 10-part, 19-hour documentary Jazz spans nearly a century of jazz styles, from the martial rhythms of James Reese Europe to the soul-jazz of Grover Washington Jr. It includes time-tested classics like Benny Goodman's 1938 classic, "Sing, Sing, Sing"; John Coltrane's chanting 1965 immortal track, "A Love Supreme"; Billie Holiday's blue-ember ballad, "God Bless the Child"; and Ella Fitzgerald peeling off "A-Tisket A-Tasket." Bebop is represented by Charlie Parker's orchestral bop version of "Just Friends"; Thelonious Monk's nocturnal calling card, "'Round Midnight"; and Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts" and "Groovin' High."

The jazz-instrumentalist-as-singer comes to life on Coleman Hawkins's "Body and Soul" and Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers' "Doodlin'." Clifford Brown and Max Roach's "I Get a Kick out of You" epitomizes the hard-bop era, while Miles Davis's "So What" stands as the modal masterpiece. The cool school is in session with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan dishing out "Walkin' Shoes," and the Modern Jazz Quartet's soulful elegy "Django" straddles all the above musical orbits. As for Django Reinhardt, he's featured on "Shine" with the justly famed Le Quartet du Hot Club de France.

Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues" and "Potato Head Blues" and Duke Ellington's rousing rendition of Billy Strayhorn's anthem, "Take the A Train," and his moody "Solitude" show why they are the Olympian masters of this art form--and the most frequently featured artists in the series. Although Ken Burns tries bringing the music up-to-date with Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, and two jazz-hip-hop-influenced tracks--Herbie Hancock's robotic "Rockit" and the French-language "Un Aige en Danger" by MC Solaar and bass legend Ron Carter--there are significant holes here. After Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, the avant-garde period from the late 1960s to the 1980s is lacking. And aside from the bossa nova hit "Desafinado," Latin jazz is also missing. It's a tough task summarizing jazz in five CDs, and Burns has given us a vibrant and vivid multicolored aural portrait of the music. --Eugene Holley Jr.

Customer Reviews

This CD set is missing so much.
Along with Coltrane, the most influential solo voice of the last half of the century was that of Bill Evans.
This is a wonderful 5-disc set of the history of jazz music.
Ted Graham

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176 of 181 people found the following review helpful By J. Lund on November 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Along with a number of other jazz fans and critics, I've been looking forward to the Ken Burns Jazz video history with mixed emotions, given that what has already been issued--the book in particular--seemed to lack a basic understanding of the art form's most-recent half-century. Although there is some evidence of that stance here, the sheer abundance of classic tracks on this five-CD set makes it an excellent introduction to the art form, particularly for newcomers. Absorb this box, and you are well on your way to experiencing the width and depth of this ever-evolving art form, one that at its best values both teamwork and individuality.
What I like about this set is that with five-CDs, there is room to give a number of important events in jazz history a bit more play than just a cameo appearance. For instance, Louis Armstrong's 1920s classic hot 5/hot 7 recordings are represented by three key tracks. With 2-3 examples of such creative peaks, one can better discern the unique qualities of each artist. With multiple chances to listen, one can become more familiar with a player's sound...the consistencies and variances in a player's solo approach become increasingly apparent when comparisons can be made.
Other early greats are similiarly documented, from Ellington, Basie, Goodman, and Billie Holiday up through the late-1940s bebop revolution (Monk, Parker, Gillespie, Powell, Davis, etc.). The one negative about this set is that, after bebop, there isn't enough room left in the box to continue this comparison process. Thus, only two artists (Ellington and Davis) out of jazz's most recent half-century get more than one track per creative peak each..and at least in Miles' case, the two successive tracks are nearly bookends to a extended, rapidly evolving period of creativity.
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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By robbabub on January 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I agree with everyone. Ken Burns missed so much in his documentary. This CD set is missing so much. But then did he make this documentary for us egghead jazz lovers who have multiple copies of every record that was played and talked about on the show. Copies so worn out from listening that we had to buy new ones. Music that we could name in two notes because we have listened to so much jazz. Film clips we have seen a hundred times because we never miss a chance to look at jazz as well as listen to it. I don't think he made the show for us. I think he made the show for about 259 million other people in America who never listen to jazz and are scared to death of it. People who don't begin to know what they are missing. Jazz afficiandos can be such snobs and snot heads. Jazz belongs to everyone and others deserve a door to the secret. This is a great door. If I was wanting to find a way into this wonderful and beautiful world, I think this set is a good place to start. Welcome everyone. Once you are in there is no way out. There is to much to hear. Too much too know. Too much excitement to ever get bored. Jazz is.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ted Graham on November 26, 2000
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This is a wonderful 5-disc set of the history of jazz music. In fact, I listened to it all in one sitting, and I can say as an introduction for those uninitiated in the ways of jazz, this is a superb collection. However, it is by no means thorough. I suppose you might expect this from an introduction, but I was somewhat surprised to see its extensive inclusion of Ellington, Davis and especially Armstrong at the expense of some rather less well known artists. Alloting to the great Django Reinhardt a single track seems a crime. Even so, it's a good listen. As my dear friend says, a true jazz afficianado is never satisfied.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By karolinatx on December 20, 2000
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I received this boxed set as a Christmas gift from a good friend of mine who knows that I love jazz. The five CDs are a wonderful representation of the history of jazz, from its beginnings just after the turn of the century, to contemporary greats. Featuring the music of legends like Dizzie Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Goodman, and countless others, it's well compiled and well published. If however, you're already a jazz fan, and have particular likes and favorites, then you might be better off buying a more specified box set. Personally, though, I was thrilled with the gift, even if it didn't particularly highlight favorites of mine such as Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim. It's a great choice for seasoned jazz fans, or perhaps for someone who is interested in learning more about jazz. A great starter set! I'm very much looking forward to the series on PBS.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2000
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It's between this set and The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. Both demonstrate a keen awareness of the "canon" of 20th-century jazz recordings and artists, so let price and personal preference be your guides.
Burns has included all of the "indispensables" to insure a comprehensive, meaningful jazz education--recordings like Louis' "West End Blues," Hawk's "Body and Soul," Bird's "Embraceable You," and Miles' "So What." Moreover, the five most important, influential musicians of all--Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Coltrane, and Miles--are well represented.
Yet some disappointments are inevitable. Along with Coltrane, the most influential solo voice of the last half of the century was that of Bill Evans. Yet his trio, with its revolutionary approach to voicings and the role of bass and drums, is not represented. Nor is the greatest "one-man-show" in the history of jazz--pianist Erroll Garner--whose incredible "Concert by the Sea" album demands a place in every credible collection. And how can you exclude two other pianists, both living legends--the prodigiously-gifted Oscar Peterson and the sublimely imaginative Ahmad Jamal? Omissions like these seem all the more glaring when among the inclusions is Grover Washington.
Nonetheless, there's no way to go wrong with this collection, providing you don't stop here.
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