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Black Box of Jazz [Millenia]
     

The Black Box of Jazz [Millenia]

 
An excellent four-CD compilation of top-flight performances by members of the upper tier of the jazz world. This collection is a mixture of studio and live performances focusing on musicians from bop and post-bop era, although there's a healthy presentation of swing and pre-bop musicians. Moreover, many of these tracks had not been released when this set was issued in

Overview

An excellent four-CD compilation of top-flight performances by members of the upper tier of the jazz world. This collection is a mixture of studio and live performances focusing on musicians from bop and post-bop era, although there's a healthy presentation of swing and pre-bop musicians. Moreover, many of these tracks had not been released when this set was issued in 1995. In addition, a lot of the performances from the late '80s and early '90s. But there are some cuts from the 1950s as well, most notably "Off Minor" from a 1957 set with Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Coleman Hawkins. With 50 tracks covering more than five hours of different styles of jazz music, this box set is a veritable jazz smorgasbord. Woody Herman typically limited his solo opportunities, passing them onto the preeminent jazz musicians who worked in his various aggregations, Herds, and otherwise. But this compilation includes a version of "Mood Indigo" with Herman's clarinet working with Lionel Hampton's vibes and Roland Hanna's piano that can be best described as breathtaking. Playing mostly in the middle and lower registers, his clarinet captures the sense of "blueness" which is conveyed with this Duke Ellington classic masterpiece. Hampton, in fact, appears several times throughout this set in a variety of scenarios as leader and sideman and with players representing a variety of styles from Gerry Mulligan to Charles Mingus. Hard bop master Art Blakey shows up with a 1980 version of "Moanin" with a Jazz Messengers iteration that includes Wynton Marsalis and Billy Pierce. It are Marsalis' trumpet and Peirce's tenor that are highlighted on this track. Another treat is Louis Bellson's dazzling drumming on "Caravan," on a 1987 Phil Woods track. There's a fine Freddie Hubbard Quintet track, "Bolivia," from a live 1991 performance at a jazz festival in Warsaw, Poland. However, to fully enjoy this set, misspellings, incorrect recording dates, and other errors will have to be tolerated. But, given the amount and quality of music available here, more than a little forbearance is warranted. This set is still in print. But it may have to be obtained from a British distributor.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2000
Label:
Castle Essential
UPC:
5017615245028
catalogNumber:
450

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Horn   Track Performer
Gary Burton   Track Performer
Lionel Hampton   Track Performer
Jimmy Hamilton   Track Performer
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Odetta   Contributor
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Paul Horn   Contributor
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Hoodoo Gurus   Contributor
Nat Adderley   Composer
Louie Bellson   Contributor
Brian Bromberg   Contributor
Dave Brubeck   Contributor
Gary Burton   Contributor
Ron Carter   Contributor
Charlie Christian   Composer
Harry Edison   Contributor
Ricky Ford   Contributor
Mike Garson   Contributor
Stan Getz   Contributor
Dizzy Gillespie   Contributor
Benny Goodman   Composer
Dexter Gordon   Contributor
Stéphane Grappelli   Contributor
Johnny Griffin   Arranger
Gigi Gryce   Contributor
Lionel Hampton   Composer,Contributor
Heath Brothers   Composer,Contributor
Woody Herman   Contributor
Earl Hines   Contributor
Hank Jones   Contributor
Ellis Marsalis   Contributor
Pat Metheny   Composer,Contributor
Charles Mingus   Contributor
James Moody   Contributor
Gerry Mulligan   Composer,Contributor
Joe Newman   Contributor
Bill Pierce   Contributor
Bucky Pizzarelli   Contributor
Buddy Rich   Contributor
Jerome Richardson   Contributor
Dannie Richmond   Contributor
Woody Shaw   Contributor
Sonny Stitt   Contributor
Jack Walrath   Contributor
Wilbur Ware   Contributor
Bobby Watson   Contributor
Teddy Wilson   Contributor
Cozy Cole   Contributor
Marty Napoleon   Contributor
Dennis Irwin   Contributor
Oliver Jackson   Contributor
Paul Jeffrey   Contributor
Steve Marcus   Contributor
Bob Neloms   Contributor
Bill Smith   Contributor
Grady Tate   Contributor
Michal Urbaniak   Contributor
Lenny White   Contributor
Don Braden   Contributor
Caiola   Contributor
Candido   Contributor
John Letman   Contributor
Bobby Pierce   Contributor
Michael Weiss   Contributor
Coleman Hawkins   Contributor
Oscar Brown   Composer
Ray Copeland   Contributor
Kenny Washington   Contributor
Herbert Distel   Composer
Greg Bandy   Contributor
Art Blakey   Contributor
Kevin Brandon   Contributor
Garnett Brown   Contributor
Chris Brubeck   Contributor
John Burr   Contributor
Candido Camero   Contributor
Jeff Chambers   Contributor
John Coltrane   Contributor
Armando Anthony Corea   Contributor
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Contributor
George Devens   Contributor
Joe Farrell   Contributor
Marc Fosset   Contributor
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jimmy Hamilton   Contributor
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Roland Hanna   Contributor
Ted Hawke   Contributor
Ernie Hayes   Contributor
Freddie Hubbard   Contributor
Eddie Higgins   Contributor
Milt Hinton   Contributor
Richard "Groove" Holmes   Contributor
Duffy Jackson   Contributor
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Barry Kiener   Contributor
Chuck Loeb   Contributor
Ray Lucas   Contributor
Carl Lynch   Contributor
Wynton Marsalis   Composer,Contributor
Ronnie Mathews   Contributor
Peter Matt   Contributor
Paul Moen   Contributor
Thelonious Monk   Contributor
Joe Muranyi   Contributor
Charlie Parker   Composer
Ed Pazant   Contributor
Ralph Penland   Contributor
Benny Powell   Contributor
Richard Pratt   Contributor
Gary Pribeck   Contributor
Wally Richardson   Contributor
Arvell Shaw   Contributor
Frank Strazzeri   Contributor
James Tyrell   Contributor
Tom Warrington   Contributor
Williams   Contributor
Kai Winding   Contributor
Jimmy Witherspoon   Contributor
Phil Woods   Contributor
Jean-Philippe Viret   Contributor
Michael Gerber   Contributor
Bross Townsend   Contributor
Sheldon Powell   Contributor
Gary Mayone   Contributor
Art Hickman   Composer
Sam Turner   Contributor
Charles Farnbrough   Contributor
John Fosset   Contributor
Payton Crossley   Contributor
Joe Straws   Contributor
Teddy Wilson   Contributor
Sabu Adeyola   Contributor
Bill Smith   Contributor
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Andy LeVerne   Contributor
Frank Reardon   Composer
George Marz   Contributor
Randy Jones   Contributor
Harry Williams   Composer
Delroy Thomas   Contributor
Patrick Artero   Contributor

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