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The Jazz Scene [Deluxe Edition]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046TH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Jazz Scene: Sono - Duke Ellington/Harry Carney/Billy Strayhorn
2. The Jazz Scene: Frustration - Duke Ellington/Harry Carney/Billy Strayhorn
3. The Jazz Scene: Rhumbacito - Neal Hefti
4. The Jazz Scene: Repetition - Neal Hefti
5. The Jazz Scene: I Want To Be Happy - Lester Young/Nat 'King' Cole/Buddy Rich
6. The Jazz Scene: Picasso - Coleman Hawkins
7. The Jazz Scene: Introspection - Ralph Burns
8. The Jazz Scene: The Bloos - George Hawkins
9. The Jazz Scene: The Bird - Charlie Parker
10. The Jazz Scene: Sophisticated Lady - Willie Smith
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Additional Sides: Halfway To Dawn - Billy Strayhorn
2. The Additional Sides: Tailspin - Billy Strayhorn
3. The Additional Sides: Halfway To Down - Billy Strayhorn
4. The Additional Sides: Back To The Land - Lester Young/Nat 'King' Cole/Buddy Rich
5. The Additional Sides: Tea For Two - Willie Smith
6. The Additional Sides: Tea For Two - Willie Smith
7. The Additional Sides: Not So Bop Blues - Willie Smith
8. The Additional Sides: Not So Bop Blues - Willie Smith
9. The Additional Sides: The Big Head - Coleman Hawkins
10. The Additional Sides: Skippy - Coleman Hawkins
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Time Capsule July 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Over a dozen years after receiving "The Jazz Scene" as a Christmas present, I'm still delighted by it and recommending it to others. Want to talk about a great gift for a Jazz fan that keeps on giving, this is it; recorded music to listen to, fine B&W photographs to look at, and an interesting text to read. It's a Jazz time capsule from 1950 and may be one of Norman Granz's most underrated achievements.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norman Granz' late-1940's jazz review stands test of time February 22, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
“The Jazz Scene,” released originally in 1949 in a limited-edition package of six 12-inch 78 rpm discs printed on vinyl (most 78’s were printed on a shellac-clay mixture which causes the annoying “swish” when well-worn 78’s are played today, and jazz records were usually restricted to the shorter 10-inch discs) in a package that spelled Quality with a capital “Q” and with a price tag to match ($25 for a little over 50 minutes of music). It was the brainchild of Norman Granz, the producer of the “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concerts, and was recorded in bits and pieces on two coasts (New York and Los Angeles) over a three-year period (1946 to 1949). Part of the problem was that the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) called their second strike against the record companies in 1947, and as a result Granz and other producers had to rush their artists into the studio and get as much as possible on wax or tape before the end of 1947. Two of the songs here, “The Bird” and “Repetition,” were recorded virtually simultaneously — Granz had rented the main space at Carnegie Hall for Neal Hefti’s big-band and strings “Repetition,” and in one of the smaller halls at the Carnegie building he had Charlie Parker and a rhythm section (Hank Jones, piano; Ray Brown, bass; Shelly Manne, drums) doing “The Bird.” Parker wrapped up “The Bird” and then Granz took him down to the big hall and asked Hefti if he could add Parker to “Repetition.” Gene Orloff, the concertmaster (first violinist) for the session, recalled years later how Parker managed to come up with a great solo on a piece he’d neither heard nor seen before: “The lead sheet for him or whatever he had to blow changes on was spread out, a sheet of about 10 pages, and he had it strewn out over the piano. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD February 14, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My father (90 years-old) bought the original record (2 album set) in 1951. He has been trying to find a replacement for years. I was glad that I was able to find it on to present it to my father during the 2013 Christmas holiday.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece December 15, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The Jazz Scene is definitive and sublime in every aspect -- the packaging, the liner notes, and most of all the music. You will understand and enjoy jazz better once you have experienced this CD set. If you have friends or family who enjoy jazz and who are not familiar with the Jazz Scene, do them (and yourself) a favor and order a couple of these at the outset to share with them.
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