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Ken burns jazz the story of american music by various artists not the whole story, but a good start


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Ken burns jazz the story of american music by various artists not the whole story, but a good start

  1. 1. Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of American Music by Various Artists Excellent Historical Compilation. This five-CD box set soundtrack to filmmaker Ken Burnss 10-part, 19-hour documentary Jazz spans nearly a century of jazz styles, from the martial rhythms of James Reese Europe to the soul-jazz of Grover Washington Jr. It includes time-tested classics like Benny Goodmans 1938 classic, Sing, Sing, Sing; John Coltranes chanting 1965 immortal track, A Love Supreme; Billie Holidays blue-ember ballad, God Bless the Child; and Ella Fitzgerald peeling off A-Tisket A-Tasket. Bebop is represented by Charlie Parkers orchestral bop version of Just Friends; Thelonious Monks nocturnal calling card, Round Midnight; and Dizzy Gillespies Salt Peanuts and Groovin High. The jazz-instrumentalist-as-singer comes to life on Coleman Hawkinss Body and Soul and Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers Doodlin. Clifford Brown and Max Roachs I Get a Kick out of You epitomizes the hard-bop era, while Miles Daviss So What stands as the modal masterpiece. The cool school is in session with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan dishing out Walkin Shoes, and the Modern Jazz Quartets
  2. 2. soulful elegy Django straddles all the above musical orbits. As for Django Reinhardt, hes featured on Shine with the justly famed Le Quartet du Hot Club de France. Louis Armstrongs West End Blues and Potato Head Blues and Duke Ellingtons rousing rendition of Billy Strayhorns anthem, Take the A Train, and his moody Solitude show why they are the Olympian masters of this art form--and the most frequently featured artists in the series. Although Ken Burns tries bringing the music up-to-date with Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, and two jazz-hip-hop-influenced tracks--Herbie Hancocks robotic Rockit and the French-language Un Aige en Danger by MC Solaar and bass legend Ron Carter--there are significant holes here. After Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, the avant-garde period from the late 1960s to the 1980s is lacking. And aside from the bossa nova hit Desafinado, Latin jazz is also missing. Its a tough task summarizing jazz in five CDs, and Burns has given us a vibrant and vivid multicolored aural portrait of the music. --Eugene Holley Jr. Personal Review: Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of American Music by Various Artists When I discussed the Ric Burns documentary about the old West with an Amerindian acquaintance, I complained that the film concentrated on the Lakota, to the exclusion of other peoples. My friend answered that, as the Lakota was the best known native American culture, that was a good place to start, and the audience would then move on to learn about other parts of the story. I suppose the same is true of the documentary by Rics brother Ken Burns, on the history of Jazz, on which this box set is based. It is heavy on Louis Armstrong and on the Big Band sound of the Swing era - probably the Jazz best known to the general public - but light in other areas, including the many, varied strands of Jazz in the last 30 years or so. There is a whole series of albums in the Ken Burns Jazz Collection, featuring individual artists, for those who want to pursue the story and start to fill in the gaps. It is easy to list regrettable omissions from this set (and many reviewers have done so) and just as easy to point out how impossible it is to do full justice to a century of music that had multiple sources and spread rapidly to a plethora of sub-genres (and many reviewers have done that too). The omission of Erroll Garner is one that struck me, especially ironic as the booklet accompanying this set has his name displayed on the cover! The British Trad Jazz that took hold in the early 50s and is still going strong (Chris Barber, Kenny Ball and their followers) is another indispensible part of Jazz history that finds no place in this collection. I realize that this is specifically titled the story of American music, but Django Reinhardt gets a look in, as does some forgettable French rapper. But this collection of 94 tracks, featuring recordings from 1917 to 1995, attractively packaged and with good notes, remains a great introduction to Jazz. In fact, now that the price has come down so muc h, it can be recommended for every music fan.
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