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Squeeze Me: The Jazz & Swing Accordian [Box set, Import]

Squeeze Me-the Jazz & Swing Accordion Story Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 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: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B000J4OY5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ray Miller And His Orchestra: Angry
2. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Terrific Stomp
3. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Let's Get It
4. Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra: Moten Blues
5. The Cellar Boys: Barrel House Stomp
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre: Tiger Rag
2. Gus Viseur Et Son Orchestre: Swing 42
3. Louis Richard Day's Accordeon Swing Quartet: Coquette
4. George Shearing: Squeezin' The Blues
5. Tony Murena Et Son Orchestre: Begin The Beguine
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Washington Bertolin's Swing Sextet: Swinging The Quick Rhythm
2. Rolf Syversen Og Ans Solister: Rytmefeber (Rhythm Fever)
3. Joe Mooney Quartet: September Song
4. Joe Mooney Quartet: Just A Gigolo
5. Joe Mooney Quartet: Tea For Two
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Disc: 4
1. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Johnny Come Lately
2. Tito Burns And His Sextet: East Of Suez
3. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Somebody Loves Me
4. Tito Burns And His Sextet: Everloving Blues
5. Tito Burns And His Sextet: A Lesson In Bop
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Editorial Reviews

This 101 track, 4CD survey reveals the importance of the contribution the accordion made to the history of jazz. Distinguished jazz artists such as George Shearing, Harry James and Bennie Moten either played or included an accordion player in their orchestras.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll be surprised . . . May 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I know what you're thinking -- accordions, the amateur hour, and terminal geekiness.

I thought the same thing, which is why I avoided buying this for a long time despite a policy of buying most of the Proper Box sets. Then I saw it marked down at Half Price Books on a day I was flush with cash, so I went ahead and bought it. Smart move.

Disc one opens in the US in 1929-30 with pop and jazz cuts. The pop cuts are more or less what you'd expect, fairly interesting if you like 1920s pop. The jazz cuts are better--Bennie Moten and, of all people, Duke Ellington. How can you go wrong? Then things really get interesting.

The rest of disc one and all of disc two move to Europe in the 1930s and during WWII. If you're familiar with Django Reinhardt, you know the territory--swing with violins and guitars, occasionally mixed with musette and gypsies. Most of the music is first rate, and there's some hellaciously good instrumental work along the way. Many of the groups are French, but there's groups from Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Norway, and Spain, too. Many of the recordings were made sub rosa during the Nazi occupation and are a fascinating piece of history.

Disc three finishes off the war years, then moves to some of the best music on the set--the Joe Mooney Quartet and the Quintet Johnny Meyer. Despite an aversion to late 40s/early 50s pre-rock pop, Joe Mooney won me over. He played stuff that went down easy with the record buying public, but it melded bop harmonies, perfect arranging, a sense of humor, and superb swing into a whole that's impossible to dislike. Johnny Meyer, from the Netherlands, is the best accordionist I've ever heard. He's tasty, technically awesome, and has fingers faster than I can think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accordion like you have never heard it March 11, 2014
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Really entertaining... Get it and really enjoy more of the great tunes your folks listened to years ago on a unique instrument.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great history of jazz accordion! June 3, 2013
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I was never aware of the depth of the history of the jazz accordion. This album provides a decent coverage of a variety styles and gives good attention to the backgrounds of each musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music December 19, 2013
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This is just a unique jazz collection that I recommend. It's all about wonderful and priceless accordion jazz & swing music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not musically satisfying August 12, 2009
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This is an interesting collection from a historical point of view, however there is very little music really worth listening to.
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