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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology Box set

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The great American musical invention of the 20th century, jazz is an ever-youthful, still evolving
music of beauty, sensitivity, and brilliance that has produced (and been produced by) an
extraordinary progression of talented artists. JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology traces the turning
points in its history through its legendary innovators among them Armstrong, Ellington, Basie,
Parker, Gillespie, Davis, Hancock, Corea, Marsalis and notable styles, from early ragtime to
international modernism and every major movement in between. With 111 tracks that showcase
artists at their best and most influential, this remarkable anthology is the successor to the milestone
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz of 1973, once again offering a wellspring resource for
educators, students, musicians, beginners, and aficionados. Scores of leading jazz scholars,
performers, and writers collaborated in selecting the recordings and producing the incisive
annotations. The accompanying book also features an informative background essay as well as
suggestions for listeners on appreciating the full richness of the performances. If ever there were a
jazz appreciation course in a box, this is it. JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology renews the legacy
of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch s commitment to letting the people s music be heard
and fulfills the educational mission of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label
of the United States national museum.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Maple Leaf Rag (Dick Hyman)
  2. In Gloryland (Bunk's Brass Bnd)
  3. Livery Stable Blues (Orig Dixieland Jazz Bnd)
  4. Dipper Mouth Blues (King Oliver's Creole Jazz Bnd)
  5. The Stampede (Fletcher Henderson & Orch)
  6. Black Bottom Stomp (Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers)
  7. Singin the Blues [Till My Daddy Comes Home] (Frankie Trumbauer & Orch)
  8. Back Water Blues (B Smith & James P Johnson)
  9. Black & Tan Fantasy (D Ellington & Orch)
  10. From Monday On (Bix Beiderbecke/Paul Whiteman & Orch)
  11. West End Blues (L Armstrong & His Hot 5)
  12. Weather Bird (L Armstrong & Earl Hines)
  13. That's a Serious Thing (Eddie Condon's Hot Shots)
  14. Handful of Riffs (Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson)
  15. You've Got to Be Modernistic (James P Johnson)
  16. Moten Swing (Bennie Moten & KC Orch)
  17. Everybody Loves My Baby (Boswell Sisters)
  18. Maple Leaf Rag (S Bechet)
  19. Dinah (Fats Waller & His Rhythm)
  20. Swing That Music (L Armstrong & Orch)
  21. Honky Tonk Train Blues (Meade Lux Lewis)
  22. Mean to Me (B Holiday w/ Teddy Wilson & Orch)
  23. For Dancers Only (Jimmie Lunceford & Orch)
  24. 1 O'clock Jump (C Basie & Orch)
  25. Harlem Congo (C Webb & Orch)

Disc: 2

  1. Minor Swing (Qrt du Hot Club de France)
  2. Mary's Idea (Mary Lou Williams/Andy Kirk & Clouds of Joy)
  3. When Lights Are Low (Lionel Hampton)
  4. Body & Soul (C Hawkins & Orch)
  5. Honeysuckle Rose (B Goodman & Orch)
  6. Tiger Rag (A Tatum)
  7. Ko-Ko (D. Ellington & His Famous Orch)
  8. Hard Times [Topsy Turvy] (C Calloway & Orch)
  9. I Can't Believe That Your'e in Love w/ Me (Chocolate Dandies)
  10. Stardust (A Shaw & Orch)
  11. Let Me Off Uptown (G Krupa & Orch)
  12. Shaw Nuff (D Gillespie's Allstar Qnt)
  13. Manteca (D Gillespie & Orch)
  14. Virgo f/ Zodiac Suite (Mary Lou Williams)
  15. Dexter Rides Again (Dexter Gordon)
  16. I Want to Be Happy (L Young/Buddy Rich Trio)
  17. Indiana (B Powell)
  18. Embraceable You (C Parker Qnt)
  19. 4 Brothers (Woody Herman & Orch)
  20. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk Qrt)
  21. Lady Bird (Tadd Dameron Sext)
  22. Tanga (Machito & Afro-Cuban Orch)
  23. Sept in the Rain (G Shearing Qnt)
  24. WOW (Lennie Tristano Sext)

Disc: 3

  1. Boplicity (M Davis Nonet)
  2. Golden Bullet (C Basie Octet)
  3. Popo (Shorty Rogers & His Giants)
  4. Walkin Shoes (Gerry Mulligan Qrt w/ C Baker)
  5. 23 Degrees N. 82 Degrees W. (Stan Kenton)
  6. Daahoud (Clifford Brown/Max Roach Qnt)
  7. Django (Modern Jazz Qrt)
  8. The Preacher (Horace Silver & Jazz Msngrs)
  9. I'll Remember April (Erroll Garner Trio)
  10. Jonaleh (Chico Hamilton Qnt)
  11. Tricrotism (Lucky Thompson Trio)
  12. St. Thomas (S Rollins)
  13. Call For All Demons (Sun Ra & His Arkestra)
  14. When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Nat King Cole & Trio)
  15. Stompin t the Savoy (L Armstrong & E. Fitzgerald)
  16. Blues in the Closet (S Getz & JJ Johnson)
  17. Ol Man River (O Peterson Trio)
  18. Summertime (M. Davis orchd Gil Evans)

Disc: 4

  1. Moanin (A Blakey & Jazz Msngrs)
  2. Meet BB (C Basie & Orch)
  3. So What (M Davis Sext)
  4. Giant Steps (J Coltrane Qrt)
  5. Better Git It in Your Soul (C Mingus)
  6. Blue Rondo à la Turk (D Brubeck Qrt)
  7. Ramblin (Ornette Coleman Qrt)
  8. Work Song (Cannonball Adderley)
  9. Wrap your Troubles in Dreams (S Vaughan)
  10. My Favorite Things Pt1 [Sngl Ver] (J Coltrane Qrt)
  11. Waltz for Debby (B Evans)
  12. Round Midnight (George Russell Sext)
  13. Cotton Tail (E Fitzgerald w/ D Ellington Orch)

Disc: 5

  1. 1 by 1 (A Blakey & Jazz Msngrs)
  2. The Girl from Ipanema (S Getz & A Gilberto)
  3. Love Supreme Pt 1: Acknowledgement (J Coltrane Qrt)
  4. E.S.P. (M Davis Qnt)
  5. Haig & Haig (Clark Terry/ Bob Brookmeyer Qnt)
  6. King of the Road (J Smith & W Montgomery)
  7. Isfahan (D Ellington & Orch)
  8. New National Anthem [f/ A Genuine Tong Funeral] (Gary Burton)
  9. Matrix (Chick Corea)
  10. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (M Davis)
  11. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters (Mahavishnu Orch)
  12. Watermelon Man (H Hancock)
  13. Long Yellow Rd (Toshiko Akiyoshi /Lew Tabackin Big Bnd)
  14. Jitney #2 (Cecil Taylor)
  15. Bright Size Life (P Metheny)

Disc: 6

  1. Maple Leaf Rag (Anthony Braxton & Muhal Richard Abrams)
  2. Birdland (Weather Report)
  3. My Song (Keith Jarrett)
  4. Iya (Irakere)
  5. Bush Magic (Art Ens of Chicago)
  6. Steppin (World Sax Qrt)
  7. Glide Was in the Ride (Steve Coleman Grp)
  8. Manenberg [Revisited] (Abdullah Ibrahim)
  9. Nothing Personal (Michael Brecker)
  10. Airegin (Tito Puente)
  11. Down the Ave. (W. Marsalis Septet)
  12. Ting Ning (Nguyen Le)
  13. Kilayim (Masada)
  14. Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho (MM&W)
  15. Neutralisme (Martial Solal & Johnny Griffin)
  16. Suspended Night Variation VIII (Tomasz Stan'ko)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • 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: Smithsonian/Folkways
  • ASIN: B004GFGUBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Horgan on May 5, 2011
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Reposting this as a review so that everyone can easily see it...

Thanks for the feedback on the track listings - this was an issue with the CDDB (CD Database) that media players use to fetch album information. We were informed that it as been corrected, so please try to refresh the information by re-inserting the CD. Please contact us at smithsonianfolkways@si.edu if you continue to experience this issue and we will do what we can to assist.

We'd also be happy to supply you with a spreadsheet of the song titles and artists if you would like to update the information in Windows Media Player manually (without typing them in).

best,

David Horgan
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
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Most anthologies seems to have been developed with little thought and extremely mixed quality. The Smithsonian's jazz collection is just the opposite, with a broad and interesting array of recordings accompanied by insightful commentary and some wonderful pictures. Packaged as a book with the CD's tucked in the back, the collection provides high quality sound and enjoyable and educational reading.
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I just got my copy in the mail and pardon me if I don't make it to work today, but I want to listen to each of the more
and one hundred tracks. Then I have to read the fabulous notes and look at each and every picture.
This collection is a MUST OWN for every music lover, even if you think you don't like Jazz. Somehow, Smithsonian Folkways and its fabulous advisers manage to make perfect, swinging sense out of America's very own music, you'll hear ragtime, Swing, Bop, Big Band and more. Each cut is a delight. Thank you, Smithsonian Folkways!
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I do not own this box set, nor do I intend to buy it. I own virtually all of the recordings contained on these six discs, so there's really need for me to add this to my collection. Neverthless, I did closely peruse the track listings.

This is not for the deep-rooted jazz fan, but rather for those interested in gaining a better sense of the rich and diverse nature of the art form. I could "nit-pick" about this artist being excluded or another being under-represented, but that would be rather absurd given the purpose of the project.

It is an anthology...an intoduction, if you will. It provides a very comprehensive overview of the development of jazz and all of the subfields that have emerged over the past century. Most of the major artists and their most notable tunes are represented within this set.

Having purchased other packages from the Smithsonian/Folkways line and reading of this project's pedigree, I'm fairly confident that the accompanying book is both highly informative and entertaining within itself.

This collection strikes me as much more balanced than the set put out under the Ken Burns banner several years ago.

As another reviwer noted, if you're any sort of a music fan you'll want to add this to your collection. And should you wish to develop a deeper sense of jazz, this is your best point of departure.
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I debated whether to purchase the complete Ken Burns Jazz set or this one. This one is more expensive. But it is worth it, believe me. The book that comes with the CDs, giving the history of each song and the people who made it, is fascinating. Highly recommended!
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I am something of a jazz fanatic and own thousands of jazz recordings of all kinds. My father bought me this box set as a gift and I approached it with some trepidation. I have heard many lackluster "history of jazz" compilations and attempting to distill the history of jazz down to 6 discs seemed like a recipe for frustration. I was very pleasantly surprised, however. The set is truly comprehensive, spanning the earliest jazz recordings to the 2000's. The selection is superb and imaginative with shrewd choices that weigh musical and historical value equally. Unlike the Ken Burns series, the compilers don't pretend that jazz ended with Bitches Brew. Anthony Braxton, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Zorn, Steve Coleman, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sun Ra, Medeski Martin and Wood, Cecil Taylor, the World Saxohpone Quartet and others are all present and correct. Every single track has a full page or more in the accompanying book with concise, well-written annotations and full personnel and recording details and photographs. What is best of all though is that this compilation is a great, entertaining listen. I'ts obvious that real thought was put into the sequencing and flow of it. It's such a pleasure to hear a project like this presented as entertainment rather than an academic exercise. In two words, it swings.
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This is a terrific anthology with great recordings and a superb accompanying text. You can always get picky and find something or someone missing, but this anthology is broad and deep and extremely well researched. It would be something a pretty sophisticated jazz fan would really enjoy, as well as a jazz novice. A great Holiday gift. 5 Stars from me.
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from our Smithsonian. My wife and I adore this collection and listen to it at every meal, it seems. I recommend the compendium that spans the decades. A worthy purchase.
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