NEA Jazz Masters

NEA Jazz Masters

The NEA Jazz Masters program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and since 1982 has been handing out honors and cash to legendary jazz artists. This collection of past award-winners (which is limited to recordings released by labels owned currently by Universal, namely Verve, Impulse!, MCA, and Decca) makes for some great listening. The tracks by such


The NEA Jazz Masters program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and since 1982 has been handing out honors and cash to legendary jazz artists. This collection of past award-winners (which is limited to recordings released by labels owned currently by Universal, namely Verve, Impulse!, MCA, and Decca) makes for some great listening. The tracks by such amazing artists as Count Basie, Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sonny Rollins are taken from when they were at the peak of their game, not when they were given the Jazz Masters award. There are a few exceptions in the case of artists who recently recorded for Verve, like Herbie Hancock, Abbey Lincoln, Jimmy Heath, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Henderson, but these modern tracks don't drag the collection down since these artists were all making strong records at the time. NEA Jazz Masters would make a fine introduction to jazz for a new fan or a nice, if inessential, pickup for a seasoned fan who wants a bunch of solid jazz.

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Disc 1

  1. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  2. Oh, Lady Be Good
  3. How High the Moon
  4. Air Mail Special, Pts. 1 & 2
  5. Little Jazz
  6. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  7. Get Me to the Church on Time
  8. Mack the Knife
  9. Hootie Blues
  10. Every Day I Have the Blues
  11. Hold 'Em Joe
  12. A Night in Tunisia
  13. 'Round Midnight
  14. Cherry
  15. Take Five

Disc 2

  1. Day In - Day Out
  2. The Way You Look Tonight
  3. Cotton Tail
  4. The More I See You
  5. Forest Flower: Sunrise
  6. (Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music!
  7. Them There Eyes
  8. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  9. Miles' Mode
  10. Gingerbread Boy
  11. Bird Alone
  12. Sacajawea
  13. Lush Life

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walter Davis   Piano
John H. Jackson   Alto Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Dave Brubeck   Piano
Ray Bryant   Piano
Milt Buckner   Piano
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Arnett Cobb   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Michael Davis   Trombone
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Jimmy Heath   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Henderson   Tenor Saxophone
Ahmad Jamal   Piano
Elvin Jones   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Quincy Jones   Trumpet,Conductor
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Michel Legrand   Conductor
Melba Liston   Trombone
Charles Lloyd   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Mann   Flute
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Anthony Ortega   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Organ,Piano
Rufus Reid   Bass
Buddy Rich   Drums
Jerome Richardson   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Loren Schoenberg   Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Gabor Szabo   Guitar
Joe Williams   Vocals
Lester Young   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Dick Katz   Piano
Rod Levitt   Bass Trombone
Benny Morton   Trombone
Frank Rehak   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Booty Wood   Trombone
Danilo Pérez   Piano
Walter Brown   Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Luther Henderson   Conductor
Jimmy Garrison   Bass
Gene Ramey   Bass
Walter Booker   Bass
Israel Crosby   Bass
Albert Stinson   Bass
Eugene Wright   Bass
Lewis Nash   Drums
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Abbey Lincoln   Vocals
Jay Ashby   Trombone
Marty Ashby   Guitar
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Brian Blade   Drums
Andres Boiarsky   Alto Saxophone
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Ben Brown   Bass
James Buffington   French Horn
Casamenti   Guitar
Paul Chambers   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Henry Coker   Trombone
Ira Coleman   Bass
John Collins   Guitar
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Kenny Dennis   Drums
Don Elliott   Trumpet,Mellophonium
John Eckert   Trumpet
Ernie Wilkins   Tenor Saxophone
Herschel Evans   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Marty Flax   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Vernel Fournier   Drums
Charlie Fowlkes   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Betty Glamann   Harp
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Haden   Bass
Roland Hanna   Piano
J.C. Heard   Drums
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Jack Jeffers   Trombone
George Jenkins   Drums
Gus Johnson   Drums
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Ben Kynard   Alto Saxophone
Billy Mackel   Guitar
Earl May   Bass
Jay McAllister   Tuba
Carmen McRae   Vocals
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Bob Milikan   Trumpet
Dan Minor   Trombone
Joe Morris   Trumpet
George Morrow   Bass
John Mosca   Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
David Page   Trumpet
Charlie Parker   Baritone Saxophone
Sonny Payne   Drums
Andrew Penn   Trombone
Charlie Persip   Drums
Bobby Plater   Alto Saxophone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Tony Purrone   Guitar
Mickey Roker   Drums
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
John Simmons   Bass
Ted Sinclair   Bass
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Taylor   Piano
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Carl Warwick   Trumpet
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Wormick   Trombone
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
Hayse   Trombone
Maxine Roach   Viola
Eddie Jones   Bass
Don Thompson Quartet   Bass
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet
Mike Tomaro   Alto Saxophone
Ermet Perry   Trumpet
Llew Matthews   Piano
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Richie Powell   Piano
Steve Hawk   Trumpet
Buddy Anderson   Trumpet
Bob Mabane   Tenor Saxophone
Orville Minor   Trumpet
Harold Bruce   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Alto Saxophone
John Jackson   Alto Saxophone
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano
Nancy Jo Wilson   Vocals
Joe Taswell Baird   Trombone
Harold Ferguson   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Germann   Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Guitar
Dennis Reynolds   Trumpet
Gary Piecka   Bass Trombone
Charlie Harris   Bass
John Poole   Drums
Eric DeFade   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Johnson   Drums
Terry Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Cosby   Producer
Marc Blitzstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger
Paul Desmond   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Arranger,Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Arranger
Jimmy Heath   Arranger,Composer
Michel Legrand   Arranger
Charles Lloyd   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Don Sickler   Producer
Walter Brown   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Abbey Lincoln   Arranger,Composer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Jay Ashby   Producer
Marty Ashby   Producer
Benny Carter   Arranger
Rube Bloom   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Peter Chatman   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Randolph Noel   Arranger
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Charlie Parker   Arranger,Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Robert Sadin   Arranger,Producer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
John Snyder   Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
David Usher   Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Doctor John Wilson   Arranger
Ivan Chermayeff   Cover Design
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Buster Harding   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Harry Thomas   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Bernie Baum   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Sherniece Smith   Art Direction
Stephen Weiss   Composer
Dana Giola   Liner Notes

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