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  • Format: CD
  • SKU: CD8CD5056
  • UPC: 823564618029
  • Street Date: 05/03/11
  • PreBook Date: 03/29/11
  • Label: CHROME DREAMS »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 587 mins
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Year of Production: 2011
  • Box Lot: 25
  • Territory: US & CANADA

 

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100 Best Jazz Tunes Of The 1950s

8 CDs of jazz from the American scene's most explosive decade.

100 Best Jazz Tunes Of The 1950s
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For many the 1950s represents the most fertile and exciting period in jazz history. It was a decade in which music in general - and jazz in particular - was enriched by the introduction of the 12-inch 33rpm long playing record. At the start of the 1950s, jazz was the hippest music on the planet. Although that popularity would begin to wane from the mid 1950s onwards - when Elvis Presley spearheaded a seemingly all-engulfing rock and roll tsunami - it retained a sense of coolness and style that, for its devotees at least, gave it an intellectual and aesthetic superiority over other forms of music. While many of the cuts on this 100-track compilation reveal jazz in the earlier 1950s to be still under the spell of Charlie Parker's 40s bebop revolution, many jazz musicians were driven by an urge for musical exploration; whether it was Miles Davis' desire to liberate jazz from the tyranny of bop chord changes by embracing modal jazz or Ornette Coleman's quest to step into the unknown and free jazz completely from orthodox notions of melody and harmony. But jazz didn't always have to ride on the precipice of change to be vital and exciting. Many of the performances here exemplify the spirit of jazz in its purest sense, showcasing dazzling feats of solo improvisation, telepathic ensemble playing and scintillating musical spontaneity, all executed by some of the most talented instrumentalists the world has ever heard. Indeed, all the biggest names from jazz history are featured here - from early pioneers like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie to modern jazz pathfinders represented by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. Despite the wide range of different jazz styles represented on these 8 CDs - this set doesn't tell the whole story of jazz in the 50s. What it does though, is offer vivid musical snapshots of the American scene during what was undoubtedly its most creative decade.

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Charlie Parker - Bloomdido
  • Lee Konitz - Subconscious Lee
  • Bud Powell - Bouncing With Bud
  • Gerry Mulligan (w/ Chet Baker) - My Funny Valentine
  • Ahmad Jamal - The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  • Charlie Parker Quintet - Au Privave
  • Thelonious Monk - Straight No Chaser
  • George Shearing - Lullaby Of Birdland
  • Lester Young - Almost Like Being In Love
  • Peggy Lee - Black Coffee
  • Django Reinhardt - Nuages
  • Modern Jazz Quartet - Django
  • Miles Davis - Walkin'
  • Dizzy Gillespie - Caravan
  • Tal Farlow - If There's Someone Lovelier Than You
  • Johnny Hodges - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • Sarah Vaughan - Lover Man
  • Clifford Brown - Joy Spring (w/ Max Roach)
  • Disc 2:
    • Horace Silver - Doodlin' (w/ The Jazz Messengers)
    • Dexter Gordon - Confirmation
    • Kenny Dorham - Afrodisia
    • Ahmad Jamal - New Rhumba
    • Miles Davis - Round Midnight
    • Erroll Garner - Misty
    • Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas
    • Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk
    • Jimmy Smith - The Champ
    • Carmen McRae - I Was Doing All Right
    • Hank Mobley - Avila and Tequila
    • Cal Tjader - Guarachi Guaro
    • Coleman Hawkins - April In Paris
    • Nat King Cole - Route 66
    • Art Tatum & Ben Webster - Have You Met Miss Jones
    • Disc 3:
      • Horace Silver - Senor Blues
      • Lee Morgan - I Remember Clifford
      • Louis Armstrong - Mack The Knife
      • Count Basie - The Kid From Red Bank
      • Miles Davis - The Maids Of Cadiz
      • John Coltrane - Blue Train
      • Hank Mobley - Funk In A Deep Freeze
      • Stan Getz - I Want To Be Happy' (w/ Oscar Peterson Trio)
      • Dizzy Gillespie - Birk's Works
      • Blossom Dearie - They Say It's Spring
      • John Coltrane - Russian Lullaby
      • Thelonious Monk - Well You Needn't
      • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - One O'clock Jump
      • Disc 4:
        • Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Gerry Mulligan (w/ Paul Desmond)
        • Yusef Lateef - Playful Flute
        • Red Garland - Billie's Bounce
        • Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me
        • Charles Mingus - Haitian Fight Song
        • Ben Webster - Soulville
        • Sonny Clark - Dial S For Sonny
        • Kenny Burrell - I'll Close My Eyes
        • Anita O’Day - S'Wonderful/They Can't Take That Away From Me
        • Art Pepper - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
        • Art Farmer - Farmer's Market
        • Curtis Counce Group - Landslide
        • Disc 5:
          • Benny Golson - Whisper Not
          • Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
          • Quincy Jones - Stockholm Sweetnin'
          • Ray Charles - Dawn Ray (instr)
          • Duke Ellington - Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue
          • Ahmad Jamal Trio - Poinciana
          • Louis Armstrong - Summertime (with Ella Fitzgerald)
          • Miles Davis - Milestones
          • Sonny Rollins - Way Out West
          • Cannonball Adderley - Autumn Leaves
          • Disc 6:
            • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
            • Jackie McLean - Hip Strut
            • Chet Baker - Do It The Hard Way
            • Johnny Griffin - Cherokee
            • Ella Fitzgerald - Let's Face The Music & Dance
            • Cal Tjader (with Stan Getz) - Ginza Samba
            • Ben Webster - In The Wee Small Hours
            • Billie Holiday - You've Changed
            • Chris Connor - The Night We Called It A Day
            • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Along Came Betty
            • Ella Fitzgerald - Cheek To Cheek
            • Bill Evans - Peace Piece
            • Oscar Peterson - It Ain't Necessarily So
            • Disc 7:
              • Sonny Clark - Cool Struttin'
              • Jimmy Smith - The Sermon
              • Donald Byrd - Here I Am
              • Ray Charles - Let The Good Times Roll
              • Charles Mingus - Better Git It In Your Soul
              • George Russell - Manhattan
              • Dinah Washington - What A Diff'rence A Day Made
              • Wes Montgomery - The End Of A Love Affair
              • Chet Baker - Polka Dots & Moonbeams
              • Disc 8:
                • Miles Davis - So What
                • Ornette Coleman - Lonely Woman
                • Dave Brubeck - Take Five
                • Wynton Kelly - Keep It Moving
                • Ornette Coleman - Ramblin'
                • Charles Mingus - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
                • Bill Evans - Blue In Green
                • John Coltrane - Naima
                • Dave Brubeck - Blue Rondo a la Turk
                • John Coltrane - Giant Steps
  

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