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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology out March 29th, 2011

Seven years in the making, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology' will be released by Smithsonian Folkways on March 29th 2011. The six-CD box set traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and exemplary exponents: Armstrong Ellington Basie Parker Gillespie Davis Hancock Corea Coltrane and many more. The set opens with Scott Joplin's 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" and spans the entire century closing with Tomasz Stanko's 2003 "Suspended Night Variation VIII."

As the successor to the original 1973 milestone 'Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz\' the set has been substantially updated with more than eighty percent new selections. In its nearly eight hours of music many hundreds of musicians are featured on 111 tracks and the set is accompanied by a 200-page book of essays track annotationsrecordings from thousands of tracks recommended by dozens of jazz experts and with annotations contributed by a team of 35 scholars and educators 'JAZZ' offers a wellspring resource for jazz fans of all stripes - educators students musicians beginners and aficionados. \'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' renews Folkways Records' founder Moses Asch's commitment to letting the "people's music" be heard and fulfills the educational mission of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings the nonprofit record label of the United States national museum. More than a half century after the 11-volume Folkways Records JAZZ series of the early 1950s Smithsonian Folkways echoes its legacy of offering a comprehensive contemporary vision of the history diversity and beauty of this consummate American musical invention that today belongs to the world. The box set focuses on artists rather than tracks; only the most important artists who represented multiple distinct styles in the span of a career were chosen for more than one cut. That elite group includes such giants as Louis Armstrong Duke Ellington Dizzy Gillespie Count Basie Miles Davis Ella Fitzgerald Art Blakey and John Coltrane. Musicians now lesser known such as saxophonists Frankie Trumbauer and Lucky Thompson guitarist Lonnie Johnson pianist Meade "Lux" Lewis bandleader Machito and trumpeter Shorty Rogers are also given their due. The track annotations are extremely detailed yet remarkably clear making the text alone an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about jazz. The Scott Joplin notes include a disquisition on ragtime form the Tomasz Stanko entry discusses the state of jazz in the Eastern Bloc before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the five separate essays tracing the evolution of Miles Davis from bebop to fusion are a revelation in themselves. View the box set packaging here: "The extensive research done for this anthology could have produced many different sets representing disparate viewpoints" says producer Richard James Burgess in his album notes. "Our intention is that 'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' will stimulate aficionados and interested listeners serve as an empowering tool for educators and students and provide a panoramic overview of jazz as well as a solid jumping off point for further explorations of this inspiring musical culture."

\'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' Track List: Disc 1 1. Maple Leaf Rag - Dick Hyman 2. In Gloryland - Bunk's Brass Band 3. Livery Stable Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band 4. Dipper Mouth Blues - King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band 5. The Stampede - Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra 6. Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers 7. Singin' The Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) - Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra 8. Back Water Blues - Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson 9. Black And Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra 10. From Monday On - Bix Beiderbecke & Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra 11. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five 12. Weather Bird - Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines 13. That's a Serious Thing - Eddie Condon's Hot Shots 14. Handful of Riffs - Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson 15. You've Got to Be Modernistic - James P. Johnson 16. Moten Swing - Bennie Moten and His Kansas City Orchestra 17. Everybody Loves My Baby - The Boswell Sisters 18. Maple Leaf Rag - Sidney Bechet 19. Dinah - Fats Waller and His Rhythm 20. Swing That Music - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra 21. Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis 22. Mean To Me - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra 23. For Dancers Only - Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra 24. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie and His Orchestra 25. Harlem Congo - Chick Webb and His Orchestra Disc 2 1. Minor Swing - Quintette du Hot Club de France 2. Mary's Idea - Mary Lou Williams with Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy 3. When Lights Are Low - Lionel Hampton 4. Body and Soul - Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra 5. Honeysuckle Rose - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 6. Tiger Rag - Art Tatum 7. Ko-Ko - Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra 8. Hard Times (Topsy Turvy) - Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 9. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me - The Chocolate Dandies 10. Stardust - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra 11. Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa and His Orchestra 12. Shaw 'Nuff - Dizzy Gillespie's All-Star Quintette 13. Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra 14. Virgo from The Zodiac Suite - Mary Lou Williams 15. Dexter Rides Again - Dexter Gordon 16. I Want to Be Happy - Lester Young - Buddy Rich Trio 17. Indiana - Bud Powell 18. Embraceable You - Charlie Parker Quintet 19. Four Brothers - Woody Herman and His Orchestra 20. Misterioso - Thelonious Monk Quartet 21. Lady Bird - Tadd Dameron Sextet 22. Tanga - Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra 23. September in the Rain - The George Shearing Quintet 24. WOW - Lennie Tristano Sextet Disc 3 1. Boplicity - Miles Davis Nonet 2. The Golden Bullet - Count Basie Octet 3. Popo - Shorty Rogers and His Giants 4. Walkin' Shoes - The Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker 5. 23 Degrees North 82 Degrees West - Stan Kenton 6. Daahoud - Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet 7. Django - The Modern Jazz Quartet 8. The Preacher - Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers 9. I'll Remember April - Erroll Garner Trio 10. Jonaleh - The Chico Hamilton Quintet 11. Tricrotism - Lucky Thompson Trio 12. St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins 13. Call For All Demons - Sun Ra and His Arkestra 14. When I Grow Too Old to Dream - Nat "King" Cole and His Trio 15. Stompin' at the Savoy - Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald 16. Blues in the Closet - Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson 17. Ol' Man River - Oscar Peterson Trio 18. Summertime - Miles Davis: orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans Disc 4 1. Moanin' - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers 2. Meet B. B. - Count Basie and His Orchestra 3. So What - Miles Davis Sextet 4. Giant Steps - John Coltrane Quartet 5. Better Git It in Your Soul - Charles Mingus 6. Blue Rondo a la Turk - The Dave Brubeck Quartet 7. Ramblin' - Ornette Coleman Quartet 8. Work Song - Cannonball Adderley 9. Wrap your Troubles In Dreams - Sarah Vaughan 10. My Favorite Things Part 1 (Single Version) - John Coltrane Quartet 11. Waltz For Debby - Bill Evans 12. Round Midnight - George Russell Sextet 13. Cotton Tail - Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington Orchestra Disc 5 1. One by One - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers 2. The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto 3. A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement - John Coltrane Quartet 4. E.S.P. - Miles Davis Quintet 5. Haig & Haig - Clark Terry - Bob Brookmeyer Quintet 6. King of the Road - Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery 7. Isfahan - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra 8. The New National Anthem (from A Genuine Tong Funeral) - Gary Burton 9. Matrix - Chick Corea 10. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - Miles Davis 11. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters - Mahavishnu Orchestra 12. Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock 13. Long Yellow Road - Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band 14. Jitney No. 2 - Cecil Taylor 15. Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny Disc 6 1. Maple Leaf Rag - Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams 2. Birdland - Weather Report 3. My Song - Keith Jarrett 4. Iya - Irakere 5. Bush Magic - Art Ensemble of Chicago 6. Steppin' - World Saxophone Quartet 7. The Glide Was in the Ride - Steve Coleman Group 8. Manenberg (Revisited) - Abdullah Ibrahim 9. Nothing Personal - Michael Brecker 10. Airegin - Tito Puente 11. Down the Avenue - Wynton Marsalis Septet 12. Ting Ning - Nguyen Le 13. Kilayim - Masada 14. Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho - Medeski Martin & Wood 15. Neutralisme - Martial Solal and Johnny Griffin 16. Suspended Night Variation VIII - Tomasz Stanko


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