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The West Coast Jazz Box: An Anthology of California Jazz [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Contemporary
  • ASIN: B00000FXNT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Move - aka Jazz on Sunset - Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon
2. Intermission Riff - Sonny Criss
3. Bright Boy - Wardell Gray
4. Body and Soul - Charles Mingus
5. Popo - Shorty Rogers & His Giants
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Blue Baiao - Laurindo Almeida Quartet
2. Aquarium - Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars
3. Lotus Bud - Bud Shank Quintet
4. Herbstone - Herbie Harper Quintet
5. Fearless Finlay - Stan Kenton Orchestra
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Pickin' 'em Up and Layin' 'em Down - Jimmy Giuffre Trio
2. On Green Dolphin Street - The Poll Winners
3. Red Sails - Red Norvo
4. Way Out West - Sonny Rollins
5. A Walkin' Thing - Benny Carter
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Art Pepper Quartet
2. Shaw Nuff - Art Pepper + Eleven
3. Minor Bertha - Elmo Hope Trio
4. The Fox - Harold Land Quintet
5. Indiana - Richie Kamuca/Bill Holman Octet
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Although California jazz is often considered synonymous with the "cool" sounds of musicians like Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, the West Coast milieu was actually as diverse as the East Coast jazz scene. This impressive four-disc collection chronologically documents the progression and development of the many genres existing within the context of California jazz. While cerebral players like Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Guiffre, and Art Pepper are featured here, this anthology also includes works by more passionate figures, including Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon. Highlighting cuts by visitors like Miles Davis alongside performances of local heroes like Shelly Manne and Howard Rumsey, this compilation is as enjoyable as it is instructive. From cool to swing to bop to bossa nova and beyond, California had it all. --Mitch Myers


This endlessly fascinating four-CD boxed set ... encompasses less than a decade-and-a-half of West Coast jazz, from 1950 to 1964. In doing so, it reveals an extraordinary amount of fruitful music, all of it taking place simultaneously, in a relatively brief period of time, all of it clearly identifying the West Coast--and Los Angeles, specifically--as a major center for a bristling array of jazz activities. -- Los Angeles Times

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best of the best in the music April 28, 2000
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Don't be put off by the title AN ANTHOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA JAZZ which may conjure up some bland, ice-cream type, hair bleached, shallow feel-good music. This boxed set has excerpts from some of the very best jazz of the fifties, period, and includes work by Mr Miles Davis, Mr Sonny Rollins, Mr Ornette Coleman,Mr Clifford Brown, Mr Ben Webster and Mr Art Tatum. It includes, for me, some of my all time favourite tracks from some all time favourite albums including: BERNIE'S TUNE and MY FUNNY VALENTINE by the ORIGINAL Mulligan Quartet;ETUDE DE CONCERT by Shelley Manne and his Men; DAAHOUD by the Clifford Brown Ensemble; BLUE SANDS by the Chico Hamilton Quintet which has one of Mr Jim Hall's greatest solos ; KATANGA by Curtis Amy Sextet featuring the work of underrated unknown trumpet player Mr Dupree Bolton; YOU'D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO by the Art Pepper Quartet featuring the rhythm section of Mr Miles Davis; THE FOX by the Harold Land Quintet again featuring Mr Dupree Bolton on trumpet;and finally, 2 DEGREES EAST, 3 DEGREES WEST which is a truly beautiful track from a great album by Mr John Lewis called GRAND ENCOUNTERS (Bill Perkins, John Lewis, Jim Hall, Percy Heath, Chico Hamilton). Because there is so much good music on this anthology, it's best to take it a little at a time so rich are its benefits. Once you put on Track One of CD one and hear the palpable excitement of Mr Wardell Gray and Mr Dexter Gordon live, there may, however, be no turning back! GO FOR IT! One of my best buys of 1999.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sampling of the greatest groups of COOL Jazz February 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Getz, Mulligan, John Lewis, Eric Dolphy, Woody Hermans Herd, Chet Baker (at his best), Cal Tjader - The truly greats of the era play some of the best tunes, like Bernies Tune, and My Funny Valentine, and others of the West Coast phenom! I truly enjoyed the mix and the variety of this monumental package. I consider it a milestone in what may become a revival of really cool sound. Thanks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little taste of the era July 7, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This collection along with the enclosed notes will help any jazz listener, new or old, to savor a little taste of the era. It may also whet your appetite, as it did mine, for more music from some of the featured artists.
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