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  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0002KQRZA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Begin The Beguine
2. Any Old Time
3. Back Bay Shuffle
4. Nightmare
5. Say It With A Kiss
6. Traffic Jam
7. Frenesi
8. The Man I Love
9. Summit Ridge Drive
10. Carioca
11. Star Dust
12. The Man From Mars
13. Evensong
14. Suite #8
15. Summertime
16. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
17. Concerto For Clarinet, Parts 1 And 2
18. There'll Be Some Changes Made
19. The Grabtown Grapple
20. Everything Is Jumpin'

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This DVD/remastered audio CD set includes a stellar representation of Artie's live work with special performances taken from select movie clips, as well as insightful live interviews, and awesome short entitled Artie's Class in Swing.


Decades into his self-imposed retirement, Artie Shaw is too often thought of as the popular swing bandleader and clarinetist who scored with "Begin the Beguine"--and not appreciated as the brilliant innovator and risk-taker who skirted big-band formula. The 2001 box set, Self Portrait, programmed by the man himself, showed off his music in full multi-dimensional flower. This CD/DVD set, part of Bluebird's Centennial Collections series, shines a light on his genius via its brainy arrangements, brawny swing, and luminous melodies. Concentrating on the period from 1938 to 1941 and featuring radio-broadcast recordings, the set will satisfy big-band nostalgia with tunes such as "Beguine" and "Frenesi" while engaging contemporary tastes with the clever touches in songs such as "Traffic Jam" and "The Grabtown Grapple" (which features Roy Eldridge and is one of only two tracks here by his phenomenal Grammercy 5 small group). There's also Shaw's full-blown "Concerto for Clarinet." The DVD includes the hokey short film, Class in Swing (1939), two performances from the forgettable 1939 Fred Astaire musical Second Chorus, and an engaging 2001 interview with the cranky, insightful Shaw. --Lloyd Sachs

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JG on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not only was his music intricate not "simple" swing, but the man was an immense mind..the CD is great, wonderful recordings, many live broadcasts presented where Artie later on the DVD explains a preferance for live in the moment playing as different from studio wizardry..clearly a scholarly person the DVD shows you the man's uniqueness with his warm
ruminations on it all and life..discussing art and entertainment,his upbringing,his place in music history,his individuality,the similarities of Miles and Dizzy and how they differed all with a great DVD of movie clips and the stellar music CD.If you are into swing at all listen to this CD for a truly unique voice.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RJM Music Man on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this collection solely for the DVD. I have all of the music from the CD on various collections and it is indeed great music. I was hoping that the DVD was going to show many clips of his performances. Instead you get two video clips from a movie - the first clip is not even two minutes long and the second clip "Concerto For Clarinet" (a great song that is over nine minutes long), taken from the movie at about three minutes. There was a "School of Swing" segment that was ok, but nothing great. I can't believe that these are the only good clips available. The interview session is also just ok and after viewing it once I don't think you'll ever go back to it. Where's the performances???? There is nothing special here except the price - it's too high!!! If I was just rating the music it would get five stars. However I believe that most folks will make this purchase because of the video. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Whittemore on February 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a tremendous introduction to Artie Shaw, a band leader who captured the spunk of swing like no other. He grooves in an intense beat akin to a rock n' roll guitarist absorbed in pulsating to the magic of his instrument. Many of his numbers require full attention. This is not passive background music. If you want to swing in high gear you cannot overlook Artie Shaw.
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