Jazz: The Definitive Performances

Jazz: The Definitive Performances


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Jazz: The Definitive Performances

To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box -- perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 33-track Jazz: The Definitive Performances is impressive. Columbia had always been a major player in jazz, and nowhere is that more evident than in this set, which opens with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and closes with Wynton Marsalis. Between those two artists are a number of seminal musicians who touched on many of the major styles in jazz in the 20th century -- Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Erroll Garner, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, Weather Report, Dexter Gordon, Branford Marsalis, and Tony Bennett. Not everything, but enough to tell a viable, accurate narrative that's tremendously entertaining. No other major label could assemble a jazz collection of such breadth and depth, which is a testament to Columbia, Epic, and all the other labels now underneath the Sony banner.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646580721
catalogNumber: 65807

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bessie Smith   Track Performer
Jerry Goodman   Electric Guitar
London Symphony Orchestra   Track Performer
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano
Tony Bennett   Track Performer
George Cables   Piano
Serge Chaloff   Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Christian   Electric Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Miles Davis   Trumpet,Track Performer
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Vocals
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Evans   Piano
Erroll Garner   Track Performer
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Track Performer
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Jan Hammer   Electric Guitar
Lionel Hampton   Track Performer
Herbie Hancock   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Pipe,Clavinet,Track Performer
John Handy   Tenor Saxophone
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Earl Hines   Track Performer
Johnny Hodges   Reeds
Jo Jones   Drums
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Rick Laird   Electric Bass
Mahavishnu Orchestra   Track Performer
John McLaughlin   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Charles Mingus   Bass
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
King Oliver   Track Performer
Horace Parlan   Piano
Jaco Pastorius   Electric Bass
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Woody Shaw   Trumpet
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Horace Silver   Piano
Tab Smith   Reeds
Willie Smith   Reeds
Buddy Tate   Reeds
Art Tatum   Track Performer
Doug Watkins   Bass
Weather Report   Track Performer
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lester Young   Track Performer
Aaron Bell   Bass
Eddie Edwards   Trombone
Sy Oliver   Trumpet
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Earl Swope   Trombone
Frankie Trumbauer   Track Performer
Mike Clark   Drums
Jazz Workshop   Track Performer
Don Lamond   Drums
Original Dixieland Jazz Band   Track Performer
Bill Summers   Percussion
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet
Herbie Steward   Tenor Saxophone
Anita O'Day   Vocals
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Trummy Young   Trombone
Herlin Riley   Percussion
Ben Riley   Drums
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Wessell Anderson   Reeds
Alex Acuña   Drums
Moses Allen   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Track Performer
Joe Zawinul   Keyboards
Manolo Badrena   Percussion
Sidney Bechet   Track Performer
Bix Beiderbecke   Track Performer
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Denzil Best   Drums
Barney Bigard   Reeds
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Art Blakey   Drums,Track Performer
Lester Boone   Reeds
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Don Byas   Reeds
Eddie Calhoun   Bass
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Harry Carney   Reeds
Earl Caruthers   Reeds
James Carter   Reeds
Paul Chambers   Bass
Paul Chapman   Guitar
Billy Cobham   Drums
Ornette Coleman   Track Performer
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Armando Anthony Corea   Keyboards
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Elmer Crumbley   Trombone
Ed Cuffee   Trombone
Duke Ellington   Track Performer
Nick Fatool   Drums
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Eddie Gladden   Drums
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Victor Goines   Reeds
Wycliffe Gordon   Tuba
Fred Guy   Guitar
Clyde Hart   Piano
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Paul Jackson   Electric Bass
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Killian   Trumpet
King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band   Track Performer
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Irv Kluger   Drums
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Wynton Marsalis   Track Performer
Thelonious Monk   Track Performer
Sam Musiker   Reeds
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Fred Otis   Drums
Jimmy Powell   Reeds
Henry W. Ragas   Piano
Gene Sargent   Drums
Larry Shields   Clarinet
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Swift   Trombone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Eddie Tompkins   Trumpet
Earle Warren   Reeds
Jack Washington   Reeds
Paul Webster   Trumpet
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Edwin Wilcox   Piano
Clarence Williams   Track Performer
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Gene Wright   Bass
Walter Yoder   Drums
Graham Young   Trumpet
Doug Richeson   Bass
Clint Neagley   Reeds
Walter Bates   Reeds
Ray Biondi   Guitar
John Grassi   Trombone
Babe Wagner   Trombone
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Track Performer
Benny Goodman Sextet   Track Performer
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Dave Brubeck Quartet   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Gene Krupa & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Thelonious Monk Quartet   Track Performer
Woody Herman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Musky Ruffo   Reeds
Ernie Powell   Reeds
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Buddy Bastien   Bass
Jim Riley   Percussion
Michael Ward   Violin
Branford Marsalis Trio   Track Performer
Kansas City Seven   Track Performer
Creole Jazz Band   Track Performer
Blue Five   Track Performer
Ted Buckner   Alto Saxophone
James Stafford   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmy Giuffre   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Trummy Young   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Branford Marsalis   Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Dan Morgenstern   Text
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Phil Schaap   Annotation
Larry Shields   Composer
Irving Townsend   Producer
Earle Warren   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Janet Boye   Art Direction
William Engvick   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
S. Allen   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Steven Epstein   Producer
James Hanley   Composer

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