West Coast Jazz Box: An Anthology of California Jazz

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is, to be sure, a dangerous title for an album whose scope has been narrowed to about 15 years in the middle of the 20th century. Yet this four-CD box tries admirably to explode the old clich?s about West Coast jazz, emphasizing specific coteries of Southern Californian and Bay Area musicians with a few visitors from the Big Apple yet refusing to limit itself to any one style. Fantasy also roams far outside its own massive archives mostly the Contemporary label for material, raiding EMI's Pacific Jazz vault heavily, supplemented by bits and pieces from Capitol, Atlantic, Warner Bros., and Verve. So what we get is a complex mosaic of music, from the fading Central...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
This is, to be sure, a dangerous title for an album whose scope has been narrowed to about 15 years in the middle of the 20th century. Yet this four-CD box tries admirably to explode the old clichés about West Coast jazz, emphasizing specific coteries of Southern Californian and Bay Area musicians with a few visitors from the Big Apple yet refusing to limit itself to any one style. Fantasy also roams far outside its own massive archives mostly the Contemporary label for material, raiding EMI's Pacific Jazz vault heavily, supplemented by bits and pieces from Capitol, Atlantic, Warner Bros., and Verve. So what we get is a complex mosaic of music, from the fading Central Avenue bop scene of Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon to Shelly Manne's small ensemble experiments; from Sonny Rollins' inspired hard bop to the first glimmerings of Ornette Coleman's revolution; from the Latin-accented Cal Tjader group to Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank's early gropings toward Brazilian jazz. The package is slanted heavily in the direction of Los Angeles, where most of the recording activity on the West Coast took place anyway, and it sneaks in a Jimmy Giuffre Trio number taped in New York City which, despite the notes' sheepish defense, doesn't make sense with so much Left Coast material to choose from. Stan Kenton, the key incubator for many leading West Coast musicians, is represented by a Bill Holman chart, "Fearless Finlay," and we also hear a relaxed example of one of Holman's own big bands "No Heat", Terry Gibbs' fevered Dream Band, and the famous Gerald Wilson rendition of "Viva Tirado." Naturally, there is an ample dose of the cool, cerebral idiom that East Coasters point to as distinctly Californian, but it is overwhelmed by the other, often energetic styles that resonated in the studios and clubs. In essence, while providing much superb jazz in one handsome, colorfully illustrated box, this anthology has the effect of destroying the notion that there is such a thing as a West Coast sound at all -- thus rendering superfluous all future attempts to pin labels on California music. But, of course, that won't happen anytime soon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • Label: Contemporary
  • UPC: 025218442527
  • Catalog Number: 4425

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Move (9:43)
  2. 2 Intermission Riff (6:33)
  3. 3 Bright Boy (2:43)
  4. 4 Body and Soul - Charles Mingus (3:34)
  5. 5 Popo (3:01)
  6. 6 Swing Shift (2:25)
  7. 7 Bernie's Tune (2:50)
  8. 8 My Funny Valentine (2:53)
  9. 9 Stardust (6:21)
  10. 10 Sunset Eyes (5:27)
  11. 11 Isn't It Romantic? (3:27)
  12. 12 Maid in Mexico (2:52)
  13. 13 Crazy Rhythm (5:51)
  14. 14 Etude De Concert - Shelly Manne (6:38)
  15. 15 A Night in Tunisia (11:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blue Baiao - Laurindo Almeida (3:16)
  2. 2 Aquarium (3:02)
  3. 3 Lotus Bud - Bud Shank Quintet (3:19)
  4. 4 Herbstone (2:56)
  5. 5 Fearless Finlay - Stan Kenton (3:02)
  6. 6 Daahoud - Clifford Brown (4:14)
  7. 7 Mamblues (2:23)
  8. 8 All the Things You Are (4:55)
  9. 9 Whose Blues? (3:20)
  10. 10 Blue Sands (6:28)
  11. 11 Keester Parade - Cy Touff Octet (7:49)
  12. 12 Whippet (4:35)
  13. 13 Get Me To The Church On Time (4:11)
  14. 14 Get Out of Town - Jack Sheldon (2:29)
  15. 15 Trio Blues (5:04)
  16. 16 St. Andrews Place Blues - Buddy Collette Quintet (3:42)
  17. 17 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (6:06)
  18. 18 One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (4:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Pickin' 'Em Up And Layin' 'Em Down - Jimmy Giuffre (5:42)
  2. 2 On Green Dolphin Street (3:59)
  3. 3 Red Sails (3:52)
  4. 4 Way Out West (6:27)
  5. 5 A Walkin' Thing - Benny Carter (5:56)
  6. 6 Rainy Night - Red Mitchell (5:18)
  7. 7 Walkin' My Baby Back Home (4:46)
  8. 8 Dues Blues - Brew Moore Quintet (7:08)
  9. 9 No Heat - Bill Holman (6:04)
  10. 10 Love for Sale - Frank Rosolino (5:30)
  11. 11 Katanga - Curtis Amy (3:02)
  12. 12 Carl's Blues (5:52)
  13. 13 Far East (4:02)
  14. 14 The Sphinx - Ornette Coleman (4:15)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (5:23)
  2. 2 Shaw 'Nuff - Art Pepper (2:56)
  3. 3 Minor Bertha (4:46)
  4. 4 The Fox - Harold Land Quintet (5:31)
  5. 5 (Back Home Again In) Indiana - Bill Holman Octet (4:33)
  6. 6 Bright Eyes (5:09)
  7. 7 Viva Tirado (5:42)
  8. 8 Something Blue (7:35)
  9. 9 Georgia on My Mind (6:39)
  10. 10 Theme: A Gem from Tiffany - Shelly Manne (5:41)
  11. 11 Together Again (9:28)
  12. 12 Cheryl (3:54)
  13. 13 Cast Your Fate To The Wind (3:04)
  14. 14 For Django (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Horn Clarinet
Carl Perkins Piano
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Curtis Amy Tenor Saxophone
Chet Baker Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer Clarinet, Valve Trombone
Clifford Brown Trumpet
Dave Brubeck Piano
Frank Butler Drums
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Don Cherry Trumpet
Buddy Childers Trumpet
James Clay Flute
Buddy Collette Clarinet, Flute
Bob Cooper Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Counce Bass
Sonny Criss Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Miles Davis Trumpet
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Eric Dolphy Flute
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Art Farmer Trumpet
Victor Feldman Piano, Vibes
Chuck Flores Drums
Russ Freeman Piano
Red Garland Piano
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Terry Gibbs Vibes, Track Performer
Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Gordon Baritone Saxophone
Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Joe Gordon Trumpet
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Vince Guaraldi Piano
Jim Hall Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums, Track Performer
Herbie Harper Trombone
Billy Higgins Drums
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Elmo Hope Piano
Carmell Jones Trumpet
Richie Kamuca Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Stan Kenton Piano, Track Performer
Barney Kessel Guitar
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
John Lewis Piano, Track Performer
Mel Lewis Drums
Shelly Manne Drums, Track Performer
Charlie Mariano Alto Saxophone
Charles Mingus Bass, Track Performer
Red Mitchell Bass
Brew Moore Tenor Saxophone
Frank Morgan Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Walter Norris Piano
Red Norvo Track Performer
Joe Pass Guitar, Track Performer
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
The Poll Winners Track Performer
André Previn Piano
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Howard Rumsey Bass, Track Performer
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Art Tatum Piano, Track Performer
Cy Touff Bass Trumpet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Gerald Wiggins Piano, Track Performer
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Jack Wilson Piano
Harry Babasin Bass
Don Bagley Bass
Lou Blackburn Trombone
Buddy Clark Bass
Bob Enevoldsen Valve Trombone
Carl Fontana Trombone
Lorraine Geller Piano
John Graas French Horn
Fred Katz Cello
Stan Levey Drums
Sam Noto Trumpet
Lennie Niehaus Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Tommy Potter Bass
Ed Thigpen Drums
Claude Williamson Piano
Stu Williamson Trumpet
Ray Crawford Guitar
Wild Bill Davis Organ
Howard McGhee Trumpet, Track Performer
Shorty Rogers Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Manuel Duran Piano
Teddy Kotick Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Med Flory Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Lewis Bass
Charlie Kennedy Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Benny Aronov Piano
John Audino Trumpet
Colin Bailey Drums
Tony Bazley Drums
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Dupree Bolton Trumpet
Ray Brown Bass
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Monty Budwig Bass
Larry Bunker Drums
Jimmy Bunn Piano
Red Callender Bass
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Drums
Ornette Coleman Alto Saxophone
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Harper Cosby Bass
Ron Crotty Bass
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Davis Drums
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Carlos Duran Bass
Modesto Duran Conga
Bob Edmondson Trombone
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Gene Englund Tuba
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Bob Fitzpatrick Trombone
Ernie Freeman Piano
Vern Friley Trombone
Gene Gammage Drums
Spaulding Givens Track Performer
Milt Gold Trombone
Bennie Green Trombone
William K. "Billy" Hadnott Bass
Hampton Hawes Piano
Roy Harte Drums
Bill Hood Baritone Saxophone
Jim Hughart Bass
Frank Huggins Trumpet
Frank Isola Drums
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Bobby Knight Bass Trombone
Ed Leddy Trumpet
Joe Maini Alto Saxophone
Joe Mondragon Bass
Jose Mangual Percussion
Larance Marable Drums
Marty Paich Piano
Ralph Miranda Percussion
Paul Moer Piano
Jack Montrose Tenor Saxophone
Dick Nash Trombone
Phineas Newborn Jr. Piano, Track Performer
Ubaldo Nieto Percussion
Frank Patchen Piano
Don Payne Bass
Ralph Pena Bass
John Pisano Guitar
Don Raffell Baritone Saxophone
Dean Reilly Bass
Emil Richards Vibes
George Roberts Trombone (Baritone)
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Wyatt Ruther Bass
Dave Schildkraut Alto Saxophone
Doug Sides Drums
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Ray Sims Trombone
Carson Smith Bass
Don Smith Trumpet
Frank Strong Trombone
Chuck Thompson Drums
Cal Tjader Vibes, Track Performer
Bobby Tucker Piano
Bayardo Velarde Bongos, Timbales
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Bobby White Drums
John Williams [piano] Piano
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Jimmy Bond Bass
Jackie Mills Drums
Art Pepper Quartet Track Performer
Chet Baker Quartet Track Performer
Curtis Counce Group Track Performer
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Track Performer
Elmo Hope Trio Track Performer
Gerald Wilson Orchestra Track Performer
Gerry Mulligan Quartet Track Performer
Hampton Hawes Trio Track Performer
Herbie Harper Quintet Track Performer
Leroy Vinnegar Sextet Track Performer
Paul Horn Quintet Track Performer
Shelly Manne & His Men Track Performer
Shorty Rogers & His Giants Track Performer
Vince Guaraldi Trio Track Performer
Bill Smiley Trombone
Matt Utal Baritone Saxophone
Jules Chaikin Trumpet
Mike Cicchetti Tenor Saxophone
Tony Ferina Baritone Saxophone
Bill Holeman Track Performer
Vic Minichiello Trumpet
Bobby Whitlock Bass
Bob Rodriguez Bass
Miles Davis & the Lighthouse All-Stars Track Performer
Bud Shank Quintet Track Performer
Robert Collier Conga
Paul Sarmento Tuba
Bob Lesher Guitar
Jack Schwartz Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Buck Owens Composer
Clarence Carter Composer
Chet Baker Contributor
Dave Brubeck Contributor
Miles Davis Contributor
Paul Desmond Contributor
Gil Fuller Composer
Terry Gibbs Producer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Vince Guaraldi Contributor
Earl Hines Composer
Bill Holman Arranger, Producer
Frank Morgan Contributor
David Axelrod Producer
Shorty Rogers Composer
Benny Carter Composer
Richard Bock Producer
Norman Granz Producer
Ray Brown Composer, Contributor
Clark Terry Composer
Ornette Coleman Contributor
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Teddy Edwards Composer
Roy Harte Producer
Andy Hummell Composer
Lester Koenig Producer
Eddie Laguna Producer
Marty Paich Arranger
Albert Marx Producer
Jack Montrose Arranger
Gene Norman Producer
Charlie Parker Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Linda Kalin Booklet Design
Robert Gordon Liner Notes
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