The Essential Guide to Jazz

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Essential Guide to...Jazz takes on quite a challenge with that title -- and loses: can a three-disc set truly capture the essence of jazz? Well, no, and presumably the compilers of this U.K. set knew that going in. But calling this an essential anything while devoting the entire second disc to smooth jazz, starting off with the execrable faux jazzer Kenny G, is just laughable. The first disc is well worth a visit, and the third, devoted to Latin jazz, is in itself quite a treat. The first disc is, in fact, about as good as it gets as far as distilling classic jazz goes. From Satchmo to Bird, this is one impenetrable wall of genius: key tracks from Duke Ellington, ...
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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Essential Guide to...Jazz takes on quite a challenge with that title -- and loses: can a three-disc set truly capture the essence of jazz? Well, no, and presumably the compilers of this U.K. set knew that going in. But calling this an essential anything while devoting the entire second disc to smooth jazz, starting off with the execrable faux jazzer Kenny G, is just laughable. The first disc is well worth a visit, and the third, devoted to Latin jazz, is in itself quite a treat. The first disc is, in fact, about as good as it gets as far as distilling classic jazz goes. From Satchmo to Bird, this is one impenetrable wall of genius: key tracks from Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, John Coltrane and more on one CD is not a bad way at all to spend an hour or so of your life. But the smooth jazz selections just can't hope to compare. Sure, artists like Larry Carlton and David Sanborn are fine musicians with plenty to offer, but many of the others here are inconsequential -- look again at that disc one lineup and see how names like 2Play and Tom Browne compare. Point made. The Latin sequence is quite enjoyable. Stan Getz and João Gilberto, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo and others great and not so great make for an enjoyable summation of the genre. But essential? It's up to you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • Label: Essential Guide
  • UPC: 698458261021
  • Catalog Number: 2610

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't Misbehavin' - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (4:02)
  2. 2 One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (3:03)
  3. 3 Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing) - Benny Goodman (4:18)
  4. 4 Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington (2:57)
  5. 5 A Night in Tunisia (3:06)
  6. 6 Confirmation - Charlie Parker Quartet (3:02)
  7. 7 Joy Spring - Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet (6:50)
  8. 8 St. Thomoas - Sonny Rollins (6:47)
  9. 9 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk (5:45)
  10. 10 Time After Time - Chet Baker (6:44)
  11. 11 Oleo - Miles Davis (5:54)
  12. 12 Reincarnation of a Lovebird - Charles Mingus (7:01)
  13. 13 Naima - John Coltrane (4:07)
  14. 14 Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans (6:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Songbird (3:57)
  2. 2 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Jamie Cullum (6:29)
  3. 3 After Hours (The Antidote) (5:53)
  4. 4 Too Hot (4:53)
  5. 5 Breezin' (4:21)
  6. 6 Sleepwalk - Larry Carlton (4:35)
  7. 7 Cantaloupe Island (4:58)
  8. 8 Sugar (5:36)
  9. 9 Morning Dance - 2Play (4:20)
  10. 10 Walk on By - Lenny White (6:35)
  11. 11 Street Life (5:41)
  12. 12 Fields of Gold - Michael "Patches" Stewart (4:28)
  13. 13 Just the Two of Us - 2Play (4:33)
  14. 14 Lowdown (4:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Falsa Bahiana - João Gilberto (5:06)
  2. 2 Brazilian Sunset - Mongo Santamaría (6:48)
  3. 3 Samba de Orpheu - Paul Desmond (4:26)
  4. 4 Oye Como Va (4:23)
  5. 5 Maria Isabel - Kenny Barron (6:29)
  6. 6 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise - Charlie Palmieri (3:00)
  7. 7 Desafinado - Grupo Cabana (4:24)
  8. 8 Só Danço Samba (5:14)
  9. 9 Grazin' in the Grass (4:39)
  10. 10 Nature Boy - Alex Wilson (3:44)
  11. 11 Roots (3:18)
  12. 12 Caravan - Luis Bonilla (5:09)
  13. 13 Soul Sauce (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Barclay Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Hugh Burns Guitar
Tim Cansfield Guitar
Simon Morton Percussion
J. Neil Sidwell Trombone
Philip Todd Flute, Saxophone
Fayyaz Virji Bass, Percussion, Piano, Vibes
Paul Morgan Bass
Andy Watson Guitar, Soloist
Allan Cox Drums
Peter Murray Piano, Keyboards
Alfonso DeJesus Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Chris Ingham Piano, Soloist
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Louis Prima Composer
Tito Puente Composer
Boz Scaggs Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Count Basie Composer
Clifford Brown Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
David Mann Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Chano Pozo Composer
Hugh Burns Arranger
Kenny G Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Mauricio Mendoca Composer
David Paich Composer
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
William Salter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Fayyaz Virji Programming, Producer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Ann Farina Composer
Ian Summers Producer
Chris Ingham Liner Notes
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