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Quadromania Box set, Import


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Audio CD, Box set, Import, May 8, 2006
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Dawes Dawes


1. Shuffling Sadie
2. Fidgety Feet
3. Sensation
4. Swamp Blues
5. Off To Buffalo
6. St Louis Shuffle
7. Variety Stomp
8. P.D.Q Blues
9. Livery Stable Blues
10. Whiteman Stomp
11. I'm Coming Virginia
12. Cornfed
13. Variety Stomp
14. St. Louis Blues
15. Hop Off
16. Rough House Blues
17. Black Maria
18. Goose Pimples
19. Baltimore
20. Rhythmic Dream
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: Quadromania
  • ASIN: B0007UAQX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Hodges on December 19, 2006
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Musical Content: 5 stars
Sound Quality: 3 stars
Packaging: 2 stars
Bang for the Buck: 5 stars

At first listening, they seem like snappy little fun-time tunes, and they are. But this music is much more. With careful listening, you start to hear the intricate melodic structures and band interplay that cause me to dub the tunes "3 minute symphonies". This collection picks up in 1927, unfortunately after Louis Armstrong had left, so you don't get to hear his influence (once again) on the music. You do get to hear the birth and development of tenor sax in jazz as Coleman Hawkins forged a new language for the instrument, which had never been a jazz instrument before. The Hawk was with the band until 1934 (middle of CD3), then you get to hear how his disciples Chu Berry and Ben Webster carried forward. Rex Stewart (trumpet) and Russel Procope (clarinet) went on to take the Henderson lessons into the Duke Ellington orchestra. Benny Carter, Sid Catlett, Buster Bailey, Dicky Wells, Red Allen all helped spread the news after leaving Fletch. And Benny Goodman made prolific use of Henderson's arrangements in establishing his big band. While not every track here is a jem, they all make for good listening. The generous serving here, while far from complete, did add a lot of new material to my Henderson collection.

Sound quality, like most of the Quadrophonic series, is fair. Noise is eliminated very well, and midrange clarity is exceptional for discs that were acoustically recorded. Instrumentalists are fairly distinct during ensemble play, and soloists stand out well. For discs recorded in a variety of different studios, they managed to get a fairly consistent sound without reducing them all to the lowest common denominator. The bass sounds fairly distict.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By George H. Soule on June 21, 2006
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I recently discovered these Quadromania sets from Membran. They are simply treasures if you want a one-stop, broad retrospective of major jazz figures. Although I was long familiar with Fletcher Henderson by reputation as arranger for the Benny Goodman orchestras and knew him as an accompanist for Bessie Smith, I hadn't listened to his band until I bought these. What a band it was. This four-disc set starts out with Henderson's 1927 band that included a who's who of greats--Joe Smith (again, hear Bessie Smith recordings), Tommy Ladnier on trumpet, Benny Morton in the trombone section, Buster Bailey, Don Redman, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Russell Procope playing reeds. Sometimes Fats Waller sits in on piano to augment Henderson. What I hadn't heard was the incredibly complex interplay within ensemble sections and the distinctive section work of these bands. The collection ends in 1936--83 tracks in all. Yeah, there are different versions of songs from different configurations of the band and comparing them is a real treat. If you buy these discs and actually listen to them, you'll have a clearer understanding of the music that happened before we were born. Hearing early Coleman Hawkins is worth the price of the discs in itself. And Henderson featured many of the Duke's men before they migrated to the Ellington band. After you listen to these discs a couple of times, you can go watch Ken Burns' documentary and know more than he does about jazz. For the pure of heart--buy these discs.
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benny goodman took the same tunes and arrangements and is thoght of as the king of swing and rightly so and fletcher henderson is almost forgotten ,very sad .do yourself a favor and listen to this set and listen to a great band and avery great musician.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Zilinski on February 10, 2011
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I love swing jazz from the late 1920's through the late 1930's. When I purchased the Quadromania set I knew I was in for a great experience. There were songs that I didn't have or ever heard. The sound was high quality and the song selection was excellent. I'm happy to add this set to my collection but I can never have enough!The only thing that I missed was the insert or diskography explaining the band from it's beginnings and the great musicians that got their first exposure to big time jazz and subsequently moved on to make history in their own way. I highly recommend this box set> Thanks for starting my new year on a positive note!

Stanley Zilinski
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy B on July 7, 2010
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First time customer ..very happy with the price and the fast delivery..Amazon.com is a great way to order online Thanks again!!
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