The Best of Ken Burns Jazz

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In conjunction with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' ten-part 2000 PBS special, Columbia/Legacy and Verve teamed up to issue a special series of reissues covering much of the history of 20th century jazz. The central release of this program was the five-CD box set Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music, which was augmented by no less than 22 single-artist anthologies. The Best of Ken Burns Jazz is the commercially available single-CD sampler, all of its 20 tracks taken from the five-CD box set. In this context, this could be taken as the equivalent of sitting down to a full Indian dinner, and not getting any further than the samosa appetizer. Still, it does fit...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In conjunction with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' ten-part 2000 PBS special, Columbia/Legacy and Verve teamed up to issue a special series of reissues covering much of the history of 20th century jazz. The central release of this program was the five-CD box set Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music, which was augmented by no less than 22 single-artist anthologies. The Best of Ken Burns Jazz is the commercially available single-CD sampler, all of its 20 tracks taken from the five-CD box set. In this context, this could be taken as the equivalent of sitting down to a full Indian dinner, and not getting any further than the samosa appetizer. Still, it does fit a good amount of classic jazz onto one disc, including selections by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Perhaps this could be a good gift or purchase for the average Joe, your Uncle Norman for instance, who enjoyed the documentary episodes and would like a keepsake of the program, but is by no means a jazz buff or even record collector. Note, incidentally, that only one of the tracks postdates 1959, and even that song is a 1992 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra version of "Take the 'A' Train." So this disc, like to a certain extent the documentary series that sparked its release, can be taken as a rough survey of the history of jazz leading up to 1960, but not one that adequately covers the music's growth in the last 40 years of the 20th century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646143926
  • Catalog Number: 61439
  • Sales rank: 11,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stardust (3:35)
  2. 2 Dead Man Blues (3:14)
  3. 3 Dear Old Southland - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:37)
  4. 4 Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra (3:02)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues (2:58)
  6. 6 The Mooche - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:15)
  7. 7 Hotter Than 'Ell - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:57)
  8. 8 King Porter Stomp - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:11)
  9. 9 Begin the Beguine - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:15)
  10. 10 Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:12)
  11. 11 Jumpin' at the Woodside - Count Basie (3:10)
  12. 12 Solitude - Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra (3:14)
  13. 13 Groovin' High - Dizzy Gillespie Sextet (2:41)
  14. 14 Straight, No Chaser (2:57)
  15. 15 They Can't Take That Away from Me - Sarah Vaughan & Her Trio (2:41)
  16. 16 Take Five (2:55)
  17. 17 Doodlin' (6:45)
  18. 18 Giant Steps (4:45)
  19. 19 So What (9:23)
  20. 20 Take the "A" Train (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Paul Barbarin Drums
Count Basie Piano
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet
Bunny Berigan Trumpet
Dave Brubeck Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Miles Davis Trumpet
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Bill Easley Tenor Saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Bill Evans Piano
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar
Eddie Heywood Piano
Milt Jackson Vibes
Jo Jones Drums
Gene Krupa Drums
Eddie Lang Guitar
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morello Drums
Jelly Roll Morton Piano, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Albert Nicholas Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory Trombone
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Horace Silver Piano
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Rex Stewart Cornet
Slam Stewart Bass
Art Taylor Drums
Doug Watkins Bass
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Luis Russell Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Cozy Cole Drums
Benny Morton Trombone
Tony Pastor Tenor Saxophone
Joe Temperley Baritone Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer C-Melody Saxophone
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Erskine Butterfield Piano
George Van Eps Guitar
Frank Froeba Piano
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Track Performer
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr Banjo, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Bubber Miley Trumpet
Noble Sissle Vocals
Norris Turney Alto Saxophone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Al McKibbon Bass
Herlin Riley Drums
Reginald Veal Bass
Eugene Wright Bass
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Wellman Braud Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Walter Page Bass
Jimmy Miller Guitar
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
George Arus Trombone
Al Avola Guitar
Red Ballard Trombone
Art Baron Trombone
Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Bix Beiderbecke Cornet
Joe Benjamin Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
John Best Trumpet
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Billie Holiday Vocals
Lester Boone Alto Saxophone
Claude Bowen Trumpet
Les Burness Piano
Harry Carney Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Chambers Bass
Paul Chapman Guitar
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Demas Dean Trumpet
Jimmy Dorsey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Duke Ellington Piano
Eddie Durham Guitar
Herschel Evans Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Pops Foster Bass
Hank Freeman Alto Saxophone
Harry Goodman Bass
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone
Fred Guy Banjo
Tubby Hall Drums
Roland Hanna Piano
Clyde Hart Piano
Roy Haynes Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Andrew Hilaire Drums
Teddy Hill Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Darnell Howard Clarinet
Preston Jackson Trombone
George James Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Otis Johnson Trumpet
Walter Johnson Drums
Claude Jones Trombone
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
Wilbert Kirk Drums
Jack Lacey Trombone
Cliff Leeman Drums
John Lindsay Bass
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
John Malachi Piano
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
"Big" Mike McKendrick Banjo, Guitar
Paul Mertz Piano
Dan Minor Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Piano
Chauncey Morehouse Drums
Ralph Muzillo Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Perry Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Zilner Randolph Trumpet
Bill Rank Trombone
Les Robinson Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Arthur Rollini Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan Vocals
Hymie Schertzer Alto Saxophone
Sahib Shihab Alto Saxophone
Omer Simeon Clarinet
Russell Smith Trumpet
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Sid Weiss Bass
Dicky Wells Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Todd Williams Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Doc Ryker Alto Saxophone
Herbert Cowans Drums
Elmer James Bass
Will Johnson Guitar
Chuck Peterson Trumpet
Grachan Moncur II Bass
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra Track Performer
John Coltrane Quartet Track Performer
Charlie Alexander Piano
Ernie Powell Alto Saxophone
Baby Cox Vocals
Gil White Tenor Saxophone
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Chester Burrill Trombone
Oscar Madera Violin
Albert Washington Jr. Tenor Saxophone
George Mitchell Cornet
Chauncey Houghton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet Track Performer
Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra Track Performer
Noble Sissle & His Orchestra Track Performer
Junior Adderley Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Jones Bass
Dick Clark Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Arranger, Composer
Horace Silver Composer
Horace Henderson Arranger
Marty Bloom Sound Effects
Con Conrad Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Fletcher Henderson Arranger
Jerry Gray Arranger
Jon Hendricks Composer
Turner Layton Composer
Fud Livingston Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Ron Goldstein Executive Producer
David Berger Director
Joe Young Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
John Christiana Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas Packaging Manager
Clare Walker Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Anita Gonzales Composer
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