A beautifully expansive anthology that covers each decade of jazz music from the 20s to early 00s – tracing the evolution of the music throughout and pinpointed historically resonant, artistically essential moments all the way – a real treasure from Smithsonian Folkways! The 6CD box set is an update and expansion
of the great Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, a 6LP set that was originally released in 1973, and covered the eras to that point. This set features 11 tracks on 6CDs – with early dixie, rags, brass band and vocals and orchestra jazz from the early years by Dick Hyman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and many more, sprawling mid century greatness from Benny Goodman, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, Mary Lou Williams, pivotal 50s & 60s greatness from Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Nat King Cole, Sun Ra, Ella Fitzgerald, Cannonball Adderly and more, the global music and genre busting creativity of 60s & 70s material by Stan Getz/
Astrud Gilberto, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane, Art Ensemble, Pat Metheny and more, and more contemporary forces suck as Medeski, Martin & Wood, Michael Brecker, Abdullah Ibrahim and more. The packaging and presentation is impeccable, too – it comes in a 200 page hardcover book that's filled with notes by Richard James Burgess, John Edward Hasse & Bob Blumenthal, oft-lengthy notes on each track, tons of photos and more.
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