Pure... Jazz

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Pure... Jazz, a massive four-disc set from Sony in the EU, while not mistitled, is a strange, wildly haphazard selection of jazz tunes recorded between the 1930s through the 1990s by virtually all of the labels the company owns -- from Columbia, Epic, OKeh, etc. While all of the artists are names -- including Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Weather Report, Branford Marsalis, Duke Ellington, and dozens more -- and are represented by wonderful selections, it's their sequencing that is the real head-scratcher here. While the first few selections on disc one may not be so jarring -- Davis' "So What," Armstrong's read of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Pure... Jazz, a massive four-disc set from Sony in the EU, while not mistitled, is a strange, wildly haphazard selection of jazz tunes recorded between the 1930s through the 1990s by virtually all of the labels the company owns -- from Columbia, Epic, OKeh, etc. While all of the artists are names -- including Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Weather Report, Branford Marsalis, Duke Ellington, and dozens more -- and are represented by wonderful selections, it's their sequencing that is the real head-scratcher here. While the first few selections on disc one may not be so jarring -- Davis' "So What," Armstrong's read of "Mack the Knife," and Sinatra's "The Brooklyn Bridge" -- it gets quite weird on disc three when you travel from Charles Mingus through Rosemary Clooney through Marsalis and George Benson to Mel Tormé! Stranger still is disc four with Ornette Coleman, Gil Evans, Dexter Gordon, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ray Barretto, and Stanley Turrentine. The price is certainly right, and the sound is terrific, but in terms of assemblage, you'd likely have more luck achieving aesthetically consistent pleasure by putting this set into an old-school five-disc changer and hitting "shuffle."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886977530425
  • Catalog Number: 7753042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So What - Miles Davis (9:24)
  2. 2 Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong (3:22)
  3. 3 The Brooklyn Bridge - Frank Sinatra (2:36)
  4. 4 I'm a Fool to Want You - Billie Holiday (3:26)
  5. 5 After All - Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra (3:51)
  6. 6 I Cover the Waterfront - Bud Powell Trio (2:33)
  7. 7 What is There to Say? - Gerry Mulligan (4:04)
  8. 8 Bluesette - Toots Thielemans (4:34)
  9. 9 Expectations - Keith Jarrett (4:26)
  10. 10 Heart of Gold - Ellis Marsalis (3:43)
  11. 11 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans (7:43)
  12. 12 Ponteio - Stanley Turrentine (3:53)
  13. 13 Somebody Stole My Gal - Jimmy Rushing (3:45)
  14. 14 Bryant's Folly - Ray Bryant (4:50)
  15. 15 I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl - Nina Simone (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take Five - Dave Brubeck (5:26)
  2. 2 The "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis (5:51)
  3. 3 It's You or No One - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (5:35)
  4. 4 Without a Song - Sonny Rollins (7:26)
  5. 5 Four Brothers - The Four Brothers (3:49)
  6. 6 The Girl From Ipanema - Charlie Byrd (2:47)
  7. 7 One O'Clock Jump - Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan (2:44)
  8. 8 Cheek to Cheek - Count Basie & His Orchestra (3:20)
  9. 9 Silver's Blue - Horace Silver (7:45)
  10. 10 Summertime - Sarah Vaughan (3:16)
  11. 11 Stormy Weather - Lena Horne (3:21)
  12. 12 The Very Thought of You - Johnny Hodges (2:50)
  13. 13 Girl Talk - Neal Hefti Chorus & Orchestra (2:52)
  14. 14 Me and You - Rosemary Clooney (2:29)
  15. 15 I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett (2:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus (4:48)
  2. 2 Over the Rainbow - Chet Baker (3:29)
  3. 3 Let's Fall in Love - Betty Carter (1:58)
  4. 4 There Will Never Be Another You - Billy Hays And His Orchestra (2:57)
  5. 5 Heart and Soul - Larry Clinton & His Orchestra (3:57)
  6. 6 My Heart Stood Still - Oscar Peterson Trio (3:24)
  7. 7 'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk (3:49)
  8. 8 Gutbucket Steepy - Branford Marsalis (6:18)
  9. 9 When Love Has Grown - George Benson (5:03)
  10. 10 Blue Serge - Stan Getz (3:39)
  11. 11 Embarcadero - Jim Hall (3:59)
  12. 12 I've Got You Under My Skin - Mel Tormé (2:54)
  13. 13 Blue Trombone - J.J. Johnson (9:09)
  14. 14 Swing is Here - Gene Krupa's All-Star Swing Band (2:56)
  15. 15 Get Happy - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:08)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Meeting of the Spirits - Mahavishnu Orchestra (6:52)
  2. 2 Birdland - Weather Report (5:57)
  3. 3 Angel - Gil Evans (4:10)
  4. 4 Law Years - Ornette Coleman (5:22)
  5. 5 The Moontrane - Dexter Gordon (6:37)
  6. 6 La Cuna - Ray Barretto (5:28)
  7. 7 Sky Dive - Freddie Hubbard (7:35)
  8. 8 My Foolish Heart - John McLaughlin (3:26)
  9. 9 Continuum - Jaco Pastorius (4:34)
  10. 10 Vera Cruz - Stanley Turrentine (5:13)
  11. 11 Expansions - Lonnie Liston Smith (6:01)
  12. 12 Dancing On Air - Jack Bruce (3:53)
  13. 13 Race With the Devil On Spanish Highway - Al di Meola (6:17)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Nina Simone Composer
Frank Sinatra Composer
Milton Nascimento Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Donny Hathaway Composer
Count Basie Composer
Chu Berry Composer
Buck Clayton Arranger
Miles Davis Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Paul Desmond Composer
Roy Eldridge Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Jimmy Giuffre Composer
Slide Hampton Arranger
Johnny Hodges Composer
Keith Jarrett Composer
Gene Krupa Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Jaco Pastorius Composer
Woody Shaw Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Lonnie Liston Smith Composer
Jeremy Wall Arranger
Neal Hefti Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Gene McDaniels Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Tommy Newsom Arranger
Joe Zawinul Composer
Billy Byers Arranger
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Al di Meola Composer
Duke Ellington Arranger, Composer
Ray Ellis Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Milt Hinton Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Branford Marsalis Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Axel Stordahl Arranger
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Toots Thielemans Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Billy Page Composer
Jack Wolf Composer
Ned Freeman Arranger
Ted Koehler Composer
Leo Wood Composer
George Cory Composer
P. Brown Composer
Joel Herron Composer
Billy Rose Composer
J. Bruce Composer
B. Evans Composer
H. Schneider Composer
R. L. Green Jr. Composer
J.C. Capinan Composer
R. Bryant Composer
Douglas Cross Composer
D. Marsalis Composer
J. McLaughlin Composer
Eumir Deodato Arranger
Tom Malone Arranger
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