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Jazz at the Philharmonic: First Concert
Jazz at the Philharmonic: First Concert
Genres: Blues, Jazz


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Title: Jazz at the Philharmonic: First Concert
Members Wishing: 2
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Genres: Blues, Jazz
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731452164629

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A groundbreaker - portent of the future | Auckland New Zealand | 04/25/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Live concert recordings were almost unknown in 1944. Norman Granz took a bunch of musicians working around Hollywood and let them play as they pleased. Recording quality is excellent for the day. This disc made stars of Nat Cole, Les Paul and Illinois Jaquet. The feeling of audience involvment is almost tangible - it has not dated in over 50 years."
A great concert, with wonderful work by Jacquet and Nat Cole
Benj Thomas | 08/13/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"this first JATP concert is also perhaps the best, though it lacked the name appeal of later ones. But Illinois Jacquet played as well as any other tenor (though he was less influential), and Nat Cole would have dominated jazz piano if he had not turned to singing. While "Blues" gets a lot of critical acclaim, "Body and Soul" is for my money the pick of the disk. Excellent solos by McVea and Les Paul (yes!), a sloppy solo by JJ Johnson, and Jacquet's GREAT solo leads sinously, seductively into a matching solo by Nat Cole in which he plays with the tempo in a truly delightful way. Get this disk, if only for that."