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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.
Best jazz collection ever released for those who never have been impressed by this genre. The discs are a perfect anthology, leaving out little and giving us the best. Read morePublished 14 days ago by E. Maxin
I purchased this as a gift for a friend who appreciates it a great deal.Published 4 months ago by Mike Davis
I love this collection, and love that so many people (non-American) obviously love this music as well. Makes me proud that us Yanks got this one right. Read morePublished 8 months ago by tthompson
The best collection for who loves the real Jazz.
I recommend for lovers Jazz and lovers of the good music.
I RECEIVED THE DVD SET EARLY. IT WAS IN GREAT CONDITION. THE MUSIC IS FANTASTIC.. I WAS VERY PLEASED.THE MUSIC WAS EXCELLENT.Published 12 months ago by Paul Narloch
Fantastic selection that represents the evolution of jazz. Lots of fun to listen to. Very well organized. The booklet with notes is a real plus.Published 17 months ago by san-den
This is a comprehensive collection of Jazz music that is enjoyable to listen to. I was able to use it as a source while taking a music class at college.Published 17 months ago by Jay E Crawford
These historic recordings are crisp, clean, and clear. I used this as a supplement to a Jazz class I taught last year.Published 19 months ago by Daniel P Davis
Original, sometimes digitally remastered, jazz from the Great Names of the art. The last 2 discs are in stereo, the first 3 are mono, sometimes with a few pops and clicks they... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rev.