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Sound of Jazz
Various Artists
Sound of Jazz
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
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Japanese version featuring a bonus track


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Sound of Jazz
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1957
Re-Release Date: 9/26/2000
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Cool Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Swing Jazz, Bebop, Dixieland
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646608227


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Japanese version featuring a bonus track

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Wooooow!!!! ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE HERE !!!!!!!!!!
JEAN-MARIE JUIF | BESANCON France | 09/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here is the Columbia album recorded December 5,1957,three days before the legendary December 8 TV show,"the sound of jazz";this session was destinated to be issued on Columbia Records.It includes many and many of the greatest jazz players of all times,and the list is a very long one:Red Allen,Coleman Hawkins,Rex Stewart,Jo Jones,Milt Hinton,Vic Dickenson,Pee Wee Russell,Lester Young,Ben Webster,Coleman Hawkins,Jimmy Rushing,Mal Waldron,Doc Cheatham,Danny Barker,Jimmy Giuffre,Earl Warren,Count Basie,Freddie Green,Harry Carney,Roy Eldridge,Joe Newman,Dickie Wells,Frank Rehak,Jim Hall,Emmett Berry,Eddie Jones,and Billie Holliday !!!!! Many of the greatest geniuses of jazz are here.We miss Thelonious Monk,who played in the December 8 TV show (with Ahmed Abdul Malik on bass).
Even if you're a jazz addict,a real one,you'll hardly believe that this record includes some of the most essential playing ever recorded.
But the fact is that this small object is an incredible treasure.
First,the Henry "Red" Allen All-stars (Russell,Hawkins,Dickenson,Pierce,Jones,Hinton)give us two definitive versions of Armstrong's "wild man blues" (listen to Hawkins' incredible solo here,listen to Pee Wee's surrealistic clarinet,one of the highest moments of the record,listen to Red's furious trumpet blowing!);Earl Hines' "Rosetta" is an admirable moment of relaxed swing."Fine and mellow" is not the absolute,incredible,amazing masterpiece recorded three days later during the TV show;but here here is a magical performance by the late great Billie,backed by the three most somptuous tenor sax players of the jazz history,Young,Webster and Hawkins.The meeting of these Giants,playing for the most beautiful voice of jazz,should urge you to purchase this indispensable album.Hawkins' solo in "fine and mellow" includes some of the most necessary blowing.And Billie's voice is out of this world.
The next outstanding moments of this very precious record are "I left my baby" and "Dickie's dream".
"I left my baby" is a dirge blues by Basie and Rushing;of course Rush,or "Mr five by five",sings here,with his voice that is one of the most magnificent ever;this typical Kansas City blues is one of my favorite tunes,a real down-to-earth one,an essential one.Again,Hawkins gives us some definitive blowing.Here is the essence of K.C.'s blues,some of the most spare music ever recorded."The train and the river",by Giuffre and Hall,has a more modern flavour but swings as the other stuff.Giuffre's incredible sound is at its best.
Now,here's "Dickie's dream";a tune that will torture you for ever,like "Topsy";here is the perfect definition of "SWING",one of the highest moments in jazz:Jo Jones' drumming is the best I've ever heard,Basie's piano ,with many stride reminiscences,is absolutely somptuous,and Dickie Wells,Newman,Eldridge,and Hawkins' solos are sublime.Here is the essence of swing.You should buy this album only for this tune.Finally,there are a wonderful solo effot by the very great Mal Waldron,"Nervous",a magnificent piece of music,and an alternate take of that Armstrong's masterpiece,"wild man blues",which may be better than the original one.And,in this track,Jo Jones again;the greatest of all jazz drummers is here,magnificently recorded;here with his friends,Ben,Hawk,Pres,Pee Wee,Red,Billie,Freddie,Milt (Milt Hinton replaced the great Walter Page,born 1900,who died December 20,1957,and who was too sick to be here for this session).
I've always listened to this record as one of the most essential ones;it includes treasures .Sme of the greatest music of the 20th century is here !!!!!"
Something For Everyone
marleyscott | Long Island, NY | 01/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With the new documentry series "Jazz" by Ken Burns airing on PBS, there's been a lot of renewed interest in mainstream jazz. For anyone looking for a primer on the various styles of 50's modernism this collection is as good a place to start as any. Represented here is a virtual "who's who" of 30's-40's-50's Kansas City Swing, Dixiland, Hard-Bop and Cool. Check out the allstar lineup of the Count Basie Band; Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Harry Carney, Roy Eldridge, Joe Newman, Doc Cheatham, Jo Jones, Freddie Green and the list goes on and on. Not to be outdone, The Henry "Red" Allen All-Stars boasts Pee Wee Russell, Rex Stewart, Coleman Hawkins, Nat Pierce Milt Hinton and Jo Jones. Then there's the real show stopper, Billie Holiday delivering perhaps her most inspired performance of the decade on her own compostion Fine and Mellow. With accompaniment by old stalworths Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Doc Cheatham and Mal Waldron on piano, Lady Day demonstrates why she earned her legendary status as a consumate song stylists. Finally there's Jimmy Giuffre and Pee Wee Russell improvising on the jazz/folk compostion "Blues". And we get a sampling of post modern avant-garde from pianist Mal Waldron on his compostion "Nervous". All in all this is an immensely appealing collection for both neophite and veteran jazz enthusiast."
TV's Finest Hour(still)
Brian Schiff | Detroit Mi. USA | 06/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Particularly for anyone fortunate to have seen this incredible concert when it was broadcast,every television broadcast since 1957 must be evidence of the fall of tv civilization.I had somehow never heard of New Orleans stylists,trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen or clarinetist Pee Wee Russell before this-and I dont tend to be a fan of the New Orleans style(Louis Armstrong is an exception),but I would buy this cd for their playing in the first cut,'Wild Man Blues'alone,along with trombonist Vic Dickenson,trumpeter Rex Stewart and the legendary sax player Coleman Hawkins-and they return for several other great numbers.No weak links here-also memorable and almost final performances by Billie Holiday and the great tenor sax player Lester Young.Anyway you look at it,television has never been the same,since."