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The West Coast Jazz Box, an Anthology of California Jazz
Various Artists
The West Coast Jazz Box, an Anthology of California Jazz
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #4

Although California jazz is often considered synonymous with the "cool" sounds of musicians like Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, the West Coast milieu was actually as diverse as the East Coast jazz scene. This impressive fo...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: The West Coast Jazz Box, an Anthology of California Jazz
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Contemporary
Original Release Date: 12/15/1998
Re-Release Date: 1/12/1999
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Smooth Jazz, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Swing Jazz, Bebop, Oldies, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPCs: 025218442527, 090204700820

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Although California jazz is often considered synonymous with the "cool" sounds of musicians like Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, the West Coast milieu was actually as diverse as the East Coast jazz scene. This impressive four-disc collection chronologically documents the progression and development of the many genres existing within the context of California jazz. While cerebral players like Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Guiffre, and Art Pepper are featured here, this anthology also includes works by more passionate figures, including Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon. Highlighting cuts by visitors like Miles Davis alongside performances of local heroes like Shelly Manne and Howard Rumsey, this compilation is as enjoyable as it is instructive. From cool to swing to bop to bossa nova and beyond, California had it all. --Mitch Myers
 

CD Reviews

Great sampling of the greatest groups of COOL Jazz
Ian Muldoon | 02/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Getz, Mulligan, John Lewis, Eric Dolphy, Woody Hermans Herd, Chet Baker (at his best), Cal Tjader - The truly greats of the era play some of the best tunes, like Bernies Tune, and My Funny Valentine, and others of the West Coast phenom! I truly enjoyed the mix and the variety of this monumental package. I consider it a milestone in what may become a revival of really cool sound. Thanks."
Fantastic!
Steve Stalzle | 07/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a fantastic set. When can we expect another collection"
A Great Jazz Collection-- Even If You're Just A Casual Fan!
Steve Stalzle | Colorado | 12/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 4 CD, 62 song set is a must have for jazz fans! What a great range of artists!
It covers the California Jazz Scene on the Contemporary Records label from 1950-1964.
Some of the most influential artists of all time recorded for Contemporary Records during these years, and this box set is truly awesome!
A 70 page booklet comes with the set with all kinds of great essays and trivia about the California Jazz Scene in the 50's and 60's, as well as complete track-by-track info. about every song.

Hey, if you're just a casual jazz fan and don't know that much about this music, this is a great primer for you!

GET THIS BOX SET!

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