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Jazz at the Philharmonic Box set, Import

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This set contains some of the hottest JATP sessions from 1944 through 1953, and the sound is more than adequate. Consider the cost vs. what you get (over nine hours of great music) and you will see why I tagged this as an amazing deal. Here is what's on the discs in the set (I am not going to include the track list, but if you have a specific question ask it in comments and I will respond): Disc 1: 1944. features J.J. Johnson and is from 1944. It also contains some excellent playing by Nat King Cole who went under the pseudonym of Shorty Nadine for contractual reasons. Time 52:34. Disc 2: First three tracks 1944, next three 1945 and the remaining two 1946. Features Shorty Sherlock and Dizzy Gillespie. Time 52:35. Disc 3: 1946. Features Dizzy Gillespie, Al Killan and Buck Clayton. Time 63:06. Disc 4: 1946. Features Buck Clayton. Time 71:36. Disc 5: First five tracks 1946, remaining seven 1947. Feature Billie Holiday. Time 65:17. Disc 6: 1948. Features Roy Eldridge. Time 46.25. Disc 7: 1950. Features Harry "Sweets" Edison and Charlie Parker. Time 53:00. Disc 8: First four tracks 1950, remaining three 1952. Features Oscar Peterson and Coleman Hawkins. Time 56.42. Disc 9: 1952. Features Oscar Peterson and Gene Krupa. Time 60:53. Disc 10: 1953. Features Roy Eldridge. Time 56:40. Interestingly any 1949 and 1951 JATP performances are missing from this set. I will say that the last disc contains one of my favorite tracks: a 25:36 long performance of Cool Blues that was performed at Carnegie Hall with Roy Eldridge and Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Ben Webster and Flip Phillips on tenor saxophone, Willie Smith and Benny Carter on alto saxophone, Bill Harris on trombone, and a great rhythm section comprised of J. C. Heard on drums, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Oscar Peterson on piano.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • 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: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002PDB9LE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 12, 2012
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Let me get the caveats out of the way so I do not end this review on a negative note. The disc track listings on the CDs are erroneous. This will not matter unless you are ripping the discs to an MP3 player. If that is the case you will have to hand edit every track listing.

An example is disc 1. The sleeve correctly lists the date, who is featured, tracks and total playing time. But that is not what shows up on a computer when ripping these tracks. Disc 1 actually contains Lester Leaps In, Tea for Two, The Blues, Body and Soul and I Found a New Baby. What shows up electronically are Tokyo Blues, Cotton Tail, Nearness of You/Someone to Love, That Old Black Magic and Tenderly.

Now for the good: this set contains some of the hottest JATP sessions from 1944 through 1953, and the sound is more than adequate. Consider the cost vs. what you get (over nine hours of great music) and you will see why I tagged this as an amazing deal.

Here is what's on the discs in the set (I am not going to include the track list, but if you have a specific question ask it in comments and I will respond):

Disc 1: 1944. features J.J. Johnson and is from 1944. It also contains some excellent playing by Nat King Cole who went under the pseudonym of Shorty Nadine for contractual reasons. Time 52:34.

Disc 2: First three tracks 1944, next three 1945 and the remaining two 1946. Features Shorty Sherlock and Dizzy Gillespie. Time 52:35.

Disc 3: 1946. Features Dizzy Gillespie, Al Killan and Buck Clayton. Time 63:06.

Disc 4: 1946. Features Buck Clayton. Time 71:36.

Disc 5: First five tracks 1946, remaining seven 1947. Feature Billie Holiday. Time 65:17.

Disc 6: 1948. Features Roy Eldridge. Time 46.25.

Disc 7: 1950.
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Very good compilation, but very poor about informations!!! This 4 cds-box set countains JATP 1953 (with JC Heard, Gene Krupa trio, Ben Webster, Lester Young,Oscar Pterson, Roy Eldridge...) and JATP 1954 with Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Louis Bellson but also the "JATP Quintet" (Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Peterson, Buddy de Franco & Buddy Rich) and the "JATP sextet" (same musicians + Lionel Hampton).... To my knowledge, it's the very first time JATP 54' can be heard on CD!!!
5 stars for the music!!
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I personally attended many performances of these Jam sessions that were presented by Norman Granz.I loved hearing extended versions of jazz tunes as well as ballads Played by Lester Young,Charlie Parker,Buddy Rich,Dizzy Gillespie et.al.If you don't have this in your collection ,then you are missing a wonderful treat.
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A fine overview of several of Norman Granz's most important and powerful JATP concerts from 1944-1953. Classics like "How High The Moon", "Perdido", and several others are included, all in fairly good sound (some of Granz's concerts were not originally recorded with great sound.) A very good bargain. The only rub: virtually no personal listings or other discographal info is included, but I found online discographies that filled in the information I wanted.
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Was this supposed to be an eight disc set, or was it 8 vinyl albums condensed to 4 CD's .I have 4 CD's in a fliptop box. Fantastic jam sessions, great value for money. Maybe someone has the personnel and dates, or the original album titles on these concerts. I don't want to buy any more JATP sessions until I have more info on these, to avoid duplications. (I have about 8 of them on CD) Granz recorded these shows well for live jam sessions from the 40's and 50's, This might have warranted 5 stars if there were a bit of info included.
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I just received the box and have yet to listen to any of the discs. However, I am not happy that there is no booklet describing in detail musician names, locales, etc. After a search on the internet, I have had no luck in finding the information. Can anybody provide me with a link for this? I bought the box because of very good reviews. Hopefully, I'll be able to upgrade my review after listening to all 10 discs.
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A ten-disc box for $16? Sign me up. Sound quality begins on the 1944 disc as "pretty good" and then it just gets better from there. Even the lesser names like J.J. Johnson submit some impressive and energetic performances. For fans of late WWII Jazz and early bop, this is a great set. Norman Granz, the promoter, was truly an early jazz hero for social justice and equality, and he knew how to put on some amazing concerts.
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