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To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was,...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box -- perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 33-track Jazz: The Definitive Performances is impressive. Columbia had always been a major player in jazz, and nowhere is that more evident than in this set, which opens with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and closes with Wynton Marsalis. Between those two artists are a number of seminal musicians who touched on many of the major styles in jazz in the 20th century -- Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, Weather Report, Dexter Gordon, Branford Marsalis, and Tony Bennett. Not everything, but enough to tell a viable, accurate narrative that's tremendously entertaining. No other major label could assemble a jazz collection of such breadth and depth, which is a testament to Columbia, Epic, and all the other labels now underneath the Sony banner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646580721
  • Catalog Number: 65807

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Back Home Again In) Indiana - Original Dixieland Jazz Band (3:25)
  2. 2 St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith (3:11)
  3. 3 Dippermouth Blues - King Oliver & His Creole Jazz Band & Creole Jazz Band (2:15)
  4. 4 The Stampede - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (3:16)
  5. 5 Wild Cat Blues - Blue Five (3:00)
  6. 6 Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra (3:03)
  7. 7 West End Blues (3:17)
  8. 8 Tiger Rag - Art Tatum (2:21)
  9. 9 God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday (2:55)
  10. 10 Lester Leaps In - Lester Young & Kansas City Seven (3:15)
  11. 11 Flying Home - Goodman Group (3:18)
  12. 12 I Can't Get Started - Dizzy Gillespie (3:05)
  13. 13 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:11)
  14. 14 9:20 Special - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:13)
  15. 15 Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra (3:01)
  16. 16 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra (3:06)
  17. 17 Four Brothers - Woody Herman & His Orchestra (3:16)
  18. 18 Nica's Dream - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (11:53)
  19. 19 So What - Miles Davis Sextet (9:05)
  20. 20 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop (4:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet (2:54)
  2. 2 It's All Right With Me - Erroll Garner (3:28)
  3. 3 Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk (4:34)
  4. 4 Searching (Pleading For Love) - Duke Ellington (1:50)
  5. 5 Sanctuary - Miles Davis (10:56)
  6. 6 Meeting Of The Spirits (6:52)
  7. 7 Watermelon man - Herbie Hancock (6:30)
  8. 8 Birdland - Weather Report (5:59)
  9. 9 The Artist in America - Ornette Coleman (3:57)
  10. 10 'Round Midnight - Dexter Gordon (13:12)
  11. 11 Steppin' Out With My Baby - Tony Bennett (3:18)
  12. 12 A Thousand Autumns - Branford Marsalis (6:23)
  13. 13 Freedom Is In The Trying - Wynton Marsalis (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bessie Smith Track Performer
Jerry Goodman Electric Guitar
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Count Basie Piano
Tony Bennett Track Performer
George Cables Piano
Serge Chaloff Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Christian Electric Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Miles Davis Trumpet, Track Performer
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet, Vocals
Booker Ervin Tenor Saxophone
Bill Evans Piano
Erroll Garner Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet, Track Performer
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Freddie Green Guitar
Jan Hammer Electric Guitar
Lionel Hampton Track Performer
Herbie Hancock Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Pipe, Clavinet, Track Performer
John Handy Tenor Saxophone
Woody Herman Clarinet
Earl Hines Track Performer
Johnny Hodges Reeds
Jo Jones Drums
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
Rick Laird Electric Bass
Mahavishnu Orchestra Track Performer
John McLaughlin Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Charles Mingus Bass
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
King Oliver Track Performer
Horace Parlan Piano
Jaco Pastorius Electric Bass
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Dannie Richmond Drums
Charlie Rouse Tenor Saxophone
Woody Shaw Trumpet
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver Piano
Tab Smith Reeds
Willie Smith Reeds
Buddy Tate Reeds
Art Tatum Track Performer
Doug Watkins Bass
Weather Report Track Performer
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lester Young Track Performer
Aaron Bell Bass
Eddie Edwards Trombone
Sy Oliver Trumpet
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Ralph Sharon Piano
Earl Swope Trombone
Frankie Trumbauer Track Performer
Mike Clark Drums
Jazz Workshop Track Performer
Don Lamond Drums
Original Dixieland Jazz Band Track Performer
Bill Summers Percussion
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Rogers Trumpet
Herbie Steward Tenor Saxophone
Anita O'Day Vocals
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Ivie Anderson Vocals
Trummy Young Trombone
Herlin Riley Percussion
Ben Riley Drums
Wellman Braud Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
Wessell Anderson Reeds
Alex Acuña Drums
Moses Allen Bass
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Track Performer
Joe Zawinul Keyboards
Manolo Badrena Percussion
Sidney Bechet Track Performer
Bix Beiderbecke Track Performer
Artie Bernstein Bass
Denzil Best Drums
Barney Bigard Reeds
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Art Blakey Drums, Track Performer
Lester Boone Reeds
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Don Byas Reeds
Eddie Calhoun Bass
Clayton Cameron Drums
Harry Carney Reeds
Earl Caruthers Reeds
James Carter Reeds
Paul Chambers Bass
Paul Chapman Guitar
Billy Cobham Drums
Ornette Coleman Track Performer
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Chick Corea Keyboards
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Elmer Crumbley Trombone
Ed Cuffee Trombone
Duke Ellington Track Performer
Nick Fatool Drums
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Eddie Gladden Drums
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Victor Goines Reeds
Wycliffe Gordon Tuba
Fred Guy Guitar
Clyde Hart Piano
Jon Hendricks Vocals
Paul Jackson Electric Bass
Freddie Jenkins Trumpet
Al Killian Trumpet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Track Performer
Bob Kitsis Piano
Irv Kluger Drums
Branford Marsalis Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Wynton Marsalis Track Performer
Thelonious Monk Track Performer
Sam Musiker Reeds
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Fred Otis Drums
Jimmy Powell Reeds
Henry W. Ragas Piano
Gene Sargent Drums
Larry Shields Clarinet
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Bob Swift Trombone
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Eddie Tompkins Trumpet
Earle Warren Reeds
Jack Washington Reeds
Paul Webster Trumpet
Dicky Wells Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Edwin Wilcox Piano
Clarence Williams Track Performer
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Gene Wright Bass
Walter Yoder Drums
Graham Young Trumpet
Doug Richeson Bass
Clint Neagley Reeds
Walter Bates Reeds
Ray Biondi Guitar
John Grassi Trombone
Babe Wagner Trombone
Grachan Moncur II Bass
The Jazz Messengers Track Performer
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Track Performer
Benny Goodman Sextet Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra Track Performer
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra Track Performer
Gene Krupa & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra Track Performer
Thelonious Monk Quartet Track Performer
Woody Herman & His Orchestra Track Performer
Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra Track Performer
Musky Ruffo Reeds
Ernie Powell Reeds
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Buddy Bastien Bass
Jim Riley Percussion
Michael Ward Violin
Branford Marsalis Trio Track Performer
Kansas City Seven Track Performer
Creole Jazz Band Track Performer
Blue Five Track Performer
Ted Buckner Alto Saxophone
James Stafford Bass
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Jimmy Giuffre Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
King Oliver Composer
Cootie Williams Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Mary McCreary Composer
Melvin Endsley Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
David Kahne Producer
Branford Marsalis Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Dan Morgenstern Text
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Phil Schaap Mastering, Annotation
Larry Shields Composer
Irving Townsend Producer
Earle Warren Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Janet Boye Art Direction
William Engvick Composer
Joe Young Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
S. Allen Composer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Steven Epstein Producer
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
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