Pure... Jazz

Pure... Jazz

CD(Dutch Import)

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Pure... Jazz, a massive four-disc set from Sony in the EU, while not mistitled, is a strange, wildly haphazard selection of jazz tunes recorded between the 1930s through the 1990s by virtually all of the labels the company owns -- from Columbia, Epic, OKeh, etc. While all of the artists are names -- including Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Weather Report, Branford Marsalis, Duke Ellington, and dozens more -- and are represented by wonderful selections, it's their sequencing that is the real head-scratcher here. While the first few selections on disc one may not be so jarring -- Davis' "So What," Armstrong's read of "Mack the Knife," and Sinatra's "The Brooklyn Bridge" -- it gets quite weird on disc three when you travel from Charles Mingus through Rosemary Clooney through Marsalis and George Benson to Mel Tormé! Stranger still is disc four with Ornette Coleman, Gil Evans, Dexter Gordon, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ray Barretto, and Stanley Turrentine. The price is certainly right, and the sound is terrific, but in terms of assemblage, you'd likely have more luck achieving aesthetically consistent pleasure by putting this set into an old-school five-disc changer and hitting "shuffle."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2011
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0886977530425
catalogNumber: 7753042
Rank: 98183

Album Credits

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Nina Simone   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Chu Berry   Composer
Buck Clayton   Arranger
Miles Davis   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Paul Desmond   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Jimmy Giuffre   Composer
Slide Hampton   Arranger
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Keith Jarrett   Composer
Gene Krupa   Composer
Charles Mingus   Composer
Jaco Pastorius   Composer
Woody Shaw   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Lonnie Liston Smith   Composer
Jeremy Wall   Arranger
Neal Hefti   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Tommy Newsom   Arranger
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ornette Coleman   Composer
di Meola   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
R.L. Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Milt Hinton   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Branford Marsalis   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Toots Thielemans   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Billy Page   Composer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Ned Freeman   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
George Cory   Composer
P. Brown   Composer
Joel Herron   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
J. Bruce   Composer
B. Evans   Composer
H. Schneider   Composer
J.C. Capinan   Composer
R. Bryant   Composer
Douglas Cross   Composer
D. Marsalis   Composer
J. McLaughlin   Composer
Eumir Deodato   Arranger
Tom Malone   Arranger

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