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1. Getz/Gilberto
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2. Back to Mono (1958-1969)
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3. Time Out
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4. A Charlie Brown Christmas: The
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5. Birth of the Cool
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6. Sketches of Spain
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7. Jazz Samba
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8. 'Round About Midnight
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9. The Legendary Prestige Quintet
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10. Stan Getz & The Oscar Peterson
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11. The Complete Village Vanguard
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12. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of
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13. My Favorite Things
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14. The Very Best of Julie London
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15. Yours
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16. The Best of Chet Baker Sings
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17. Moon Beams
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18. My Rifle, My Pony and Me - Movie
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19. Sunday at the Village Vanguard
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20. The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album

1. Getz/Gilberto
by Polygram Records
Audio CD (20 May, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Originally released in March 1964, this collaboration between saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist João Gilberto came at seemingly the end of the bossa nova craze Getz himself had sparked in 1962 with Read more

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Reviews (128)

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless chic !!!
This 1963 album is one of the best examples of flawless bossa nova music to date. Stan Getz playing the saxophone, Joao Gilberto on guitar and Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano blend simultaneously into a uniquely talented trio of musicians as their hearts and minds create one exquisite song after another.
5-0 out of 5 stars Does Getz Get Any Better?
This is truly a classic Stan Getz album. His rich, distinctive tenor sax sound melts into the bossa nova beat as if he hadinvented it. Getz's smooth collaboration with Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, and Antonio Carlos Jobim produce silky, sensuous melodics on every track. This is a must-have for the longtime Getz fan or anyone who has just discovered the legendary 60's bossa nova genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Bossa Nova CD
One of my favorite CD's.I can listen to it repeatedly without complaint as I love Astrud's voice and style. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Bossa Nova    2. Brazil    3. Brazilian Jazz    4. Cool    5. Jazz    6. Jazz Music    7. Latin Jazz    8. Mainstream Jazz    9. Pop    10. Post-Bop    11. Saxophone    12. United States of America   


2. Back to Mono (1958-1969)
by Abkco
Audio CD (12 November, 1991)
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Asin: B000003BDM
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Among producers, his name remains the simile of choice. If some hotshot studio whiz emerges in, say, hip-hop, he's inevitably labeled "the Phil Spector of rap." That's quite a statement given that decades have passed since this boy from the Bronx remodeled rock & roll to suit his own visions of grandeur. The story of the girl-group auteur is a fascinating one. Spector composed a No. 1 hit at 17 (the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him," its title inspired by the inscription on his father's tombstone). By 19 he was head of A&R for Atlantic Records. By the time he was 22, he'd founded his own label (Philles) and was churning out Wall of Sound hits at an unprecedented clip, beginning with the Crystals' "He's a Rebel." The four-disc Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of"Teen-age Opera"
The work of Phil Spector has withstood the tests of time, critics and "grown-ups" that rejected the "Boy Genius" very early in his career, but later had to admit their naked ignorance as he turned out hit after classic hit.This is THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, released on Phil's own label, the original analog tapes hand-picked and mastered under his direction, and they're all here - Ike & Tina, The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals, Ben E. King, Gene Pitney, even Spector's own teen group, the Teddy Bears.Spector was renowned for his infamous preference for "stacking" instrument upon instrument on the analog tape, crowding Gold Star Studios with dozens of soon-to-be-famous musicians and singers (Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Jim Gordon, Larry Knechtel, Barney Kessel, Jack Nitzsche, Don Randi, Billy Strange, Jim Horn, Red Callendar), all playing at once with very little "overdubs," resulting in this mesmerizing, densely erotic cacophony that came to be called the "wall of sound."These are the songs that have been called "teenage mini-operas" because they spoke of unrequited love, pubescent loss, the torment of adolescence and rebellion, and yet they spill over with pure joy and unabashed beauty, and mostly clock in under 3 minutes.This is a "must-have" jewel for anyone enamored of the wonderful era of "real musicians" playing "real charts," directed by the true innovator in recorded art.It's an especially rich set of "girl-groups," and though the collection may be heavily weighted with The Ronettes, it's fully understandable since Ronnie Bennett became Phil's wife and (still, I think) his life-long muse.There are too many great songs to go into here, just suffice it to say that to fully grasp the power of American pop music, you have to understand the impact of Spector.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Wall of Sound!!!
Phil Spector produced some of the best music in the history of Rock and Roll, hands down, or should I say hands up. Well, the Ronnettes were great and that wall of sound was great as well. I'm sure that wall of sound was heard on Februrary the third as well as those great times in the 60's. The vocal harmonies are infectious and those sound effects are great, especially the shots going off in the background of the mind of the legendary producer. How was all of this achieved? Was it just weird timing or did he actually have these goals planned out, that's one of the questions that may never be answered, but at least we are left with some excellent music. Of course such a genius producer may have been a genius in many aspects including music, but not necessarily confined to it. To set something up this elaborate would be speculative, no pun intended, but how does a producer like this work in the studio? Does he plan out every move or is he more spontaneous, does he just go with the flow once he's on to something, or was the production carefully planned. More than likely, this production was a spontaneous act of a talented mind, and so twisted in such a way that all of the achievements are hidden behind the wall of sound. The creatively sick way to achieve nothing. An end to a song like no other than the great clown Gacy, the twin to our producer hero, the real John Wayne, the real hero, not a clown at all, but an incredibly adept individual, a true killer in every sense. And I'm sure he will now be having much fun in the mens showers with his new friends!!! What a great accomplishment!!!! Sincerely, Bunster Gorbin

5-0 out of 5 stars Doo-Wop meets Wagner
The early sixties produced some great musicians, including Ray Charles, John Coltrane, and Bob Dylan. I was in college at the time, and I listened to all of them.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Baroque Pop    3. Blue-Eyed Soul    4. Bop    5. Box Sets (Audio Only)    6. Brill Building Pop    7. Cool    8. Country-Rock    9. Folk-Rock    10. Fusion    11. Girl Group    12. Hard Bop    13. Latin Jazz    14. Oldies    15. Pop    16. Pop-Soul    17. Pop/Rock    18. Popular Music    19. R&B    20. Rock   


3. Time Out
Audio CD (25 March, 1997)
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Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five," Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Jazz Album Ever Made
This is the greatest and most influentual jazz album ever released. The quartet was never better in 1959 when they released Time Out. Dave Brubeck is a very talented pianist, and along with Paul Desmond's incredible airy tone, self-described as a dry martini, Joe Morello's fluency in odd times signatures, shown on Take Five in 5/4 and Blue Rondo A La Turk in 9/8, and Eugene Wright on double bass. From start to finish this album is filled with classics. I highly recommend this album along with The Essential Dave Brubeck 2 disc set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can You dig it.....
Grover Washington did a version, Al Jarreau sang his, and Time Out by Desmond and Brubeck made it into Starbucks racks...so no one needs my recommendation. This one is A STANDARD. Gotta teen interested in playing music? or just playing? Give them this, at the risk of showing my infirmity then give it as a history present........my three kids grew up on it along with Coltrane-Love Supreme kids, Green, Miles, Guaraldi and Evans.(No wonder is it my son in the "talent show" for 5th grade, where his dad is a Superintendent, ripped off "American Idiot" on his Fender)...... I count the meters just for fun, basically learned to play some piano with it, and listened to the music all though my life during great ups and sorrowful lows.(and before it was backdropped into commercials and shows). Two music teachers shamed me for my love of it, but that's what 12 years of violin lessons does for you. It was released in '59 just 5 days prior to my birthdate, lucky year that of my birth. Mom was in Alabama in Montgomery during much of the fifties learning what social work meant and Dad serving in the Air Force. She knew it too.Played it along side her operettas. So it has generational truth. I luckily inherited a great jazz, samba and blues collection from Sylvia Bluhm an animal activist friend in WV who I named my mighty daughter for, and have the album alongside a Beatles one from her worth more than my car(think beat up cheap Honda). Or so I have been told. Her thoughtfulness in giving about two hundred standard albums to a 14 year old meant I got introduced early on to jazz greats.
5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Being this an enhanced version, it sounds brighter than the original album.Some hiss from the original master tape can be heard between songs, but this should be no excuse to avoid buying it.The net result is an excellent sound from an excellent album. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Cool    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Pop    5. West Coast Jazz   


4. A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special
by Fantasy
Audio CD (19 September, 2000)
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The first time you listen to this disc you will undoubtedly be transported directly back to your childhood. Charles Schulz's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A year round pleasure for your ears.
This was my introduction into jazz.It has been full guns since then!When you listen to this disc..memories come flooding and your 10 yrs old again excited for Santa to come. I just love the melancholy yearning that the music evokes...I don't
5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
Nostalgia at it's best since it's great music too.Can't go wrong with this excellent CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Grief Charlie Brown! It's May! Put the Christmas Music Away!
I can't believe it's late May and here I am listening to A Charlie Brown Christmas that I just got in from an Amazon seller in anticipation of this upcoming Christmas season... but like most people my age, it's almost the definitive icon of Christmas memories no matter what the actual season may be.
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Subjects:  1. Christmas    2. Christmas / Chanukkah    3. Christmas Music    4. Contemporary Jazz    5. Cool    6. Holiday    7. Mainstream Jazz    8. Pop    9. West Coast Jazz    10. Xmas Vocal   


5. Birth of the Cool
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (09 January, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The first important leader date from one of jazz's most seminal figures and farsighted practitioners. Having made his reputation in large measure from playing with bop giant Charlie Parker, Davis confounded expectations when he embraced the "cool" arranging style of Gil Evans, an arranger for Claude Thornhill's band. Evans, who was employing unique voicings by adding French horns and tuba to Thornhill's instrumentations, also emphasized a diminished use of vibrato in both reeds and brass, producing a drier, "cool" sound. Two of Evans's arrangements, "Boplicity" and "Moon Dreams," appear on the album. Also involved are baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, who contributed such outstanding tunes as "Jeru" and "Venus de Milo," and Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis. The result is a date that has withstood the tests of time, fashion, and Davis's own extraordinary growth as a performer.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Cool Time
The auspicious title really does say it all for this collection of trumpeter Miles Davis' 1949 nonet dates. In these dozen performances a whole new school of jazz was created, as former beboppers Davis and drummer Max Roach joined forces with progressive composers, arrangers and players such as Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis to explore the subtler and moodier side of the genre from a vituoso's standpoint. Mellow as the results are for the most part, there's a world of complexity and detail to be found here which no self-respecting jazzhead (nor anyone else who really cares about music) can afford to miss.
5-0 out of 5 stars Get It For "Boplicity" Alone
The Whole cd Is Great,But Boplicity Is By Far The best thing on the disc-the most innovative,swinging,cool,hip mid tempo blocked harmony track of it's era.Years ahead of it's time,i couldn't beleive it dates back to 1949.What a landmark- still hip as hell 56 years on,and written only 8 or so years after the much squarer(But still great in it's way)In The Mood.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get Kind of Blue first
Kind of Blue is an infinitely more appealing album for fans of jazz small-groups and improvisation.That's why I'd suggest that if you have to spend your money on ONE Miles album, you go buy "Kind of Blue".
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Subjects:  1. Bop    2. Cool    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Pop    6. West Coast Jazz   


6. Sketches of Spain
Audio CD (23 September, 1997)
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Miles Davis's impact on jazz is almost incalculable. From his early days as a sideman for Charlie Parker, through his groundbreaking Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sketches of brilliant
Another reviewer, El Legarto, is crazy.This album is absolute brilliance.I believe it to be one of the most underrated albums of all time for the simple fact that anyone finds any fault with it.Its different, and that should be seen as a good thing.He also called Miles a druggy and arrogant.He was a druggy that twice kicked his drug habbit, the second time for good, and he was so arrogant that he always gave his band mates creative license and freedom to express themselves and give input on recordings.His band mates traditionally carried this humility to their own expiriences as big band leaders.This album is creative and fun to listen to, and a must buy for jazz fans.

3-0 out of 5 stars Spanish Spamorama
Miles Davis is a jazz icon and as such is the recipient of much unqualified adulation.This reverence really misses the point and does him a disservice, because what was best about Davis, apart from his incredible creativity and sensitivity, was his complete irreverence.Abrasive, moody, arrogant, misogynistic, vain, and downright hostile, Davis could abuse drugs and alcohol with the best of his cohorts, but unlike most of them, lived a long life in spite of it.Consequently he was able to ride the waves of numerous changes in jazz, and make huge contributions to them.Few, if any, players had one foot on the bandstand with Bird and the other with Herbie Hancock.But that doesn't mean that everything that happened in between was wonderful.
2-0 out of 5 stars Even if you love Miles, you may be disappointed
I love Miles Davis, from his early days to most of his work towards the end of his career. But this album is really hard to like. The feel is orchestral; it doesn't swing. The compositions are forgettable and Miles' soloing is eclipsed by the weight of the accompanying orchestra. It's not that this type of effort couldn't succeed, but this one doesn't. Disappointing. ... Read more

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7. Jazz Samba
by Polygram Records
Audio CD (20 May, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Guitarist Charlie Byrd was invited to travel and play in Brazil during a cultural goodwill tour sponsored by the Kennedy administration in 1961. He was completely enamoured by the music, and when he returned, he headed straight for the recording studio to make the now classic Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 6 stars if I could!!!
Stan Getz is in this sax player's opinion the best jazz saxophone player that has ever been recorded. His sense of melody is superb. He hides his amazing technical prowess, makes it sound effortless, and never gets in the way of the melody. Nobody else even came close to his melodic improvisations.
5-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic; great memories, so easy to appreciate
A must piece of work in the latin genre to include in your collection; I've heard bits and pieces of these tracks throughout my life; it's about time I added all of them to my collection.
5-0 out of 5 stars Contrary to Mr. Gibson's jottings.
According to information readily available in the CD booklet, Jazz Samba was "Recorded in Pierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C., February 13, 1962." Not in a studio! That accounts for the warmth of the recording. It remains the standard against which all else is measured. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Bop    2. Bossa Nova    3. Brazilian Jazz    4. Cool    5. Jazz    6. Jazz Music    7. Pop    8. Samba   


8. 'Round About Midnight
Audio CD (17 April, 2001)
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In 1955, Miles Davis signed on with jazz powerhouse Columbia Records. With alto and tenor saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, drummer Philly Joe Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, and pianist Red Garland, Davis released Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Miles Davis Masterpiece (Review Based On Original Tracks Only)
There are great Miles Davis records (Milestones, E.S.P, Sketches of Spain), and then there are unforgettable ones. Along with Kind of Blue, 'Round About Midnight falls into the "unforgettable" category. Why? First and foremost, the title track, while very good performed by Monk, is found in its definitive version on this record. Miles' brooding muted trumpet sets the melody. Suddenly, the track explodes in a burst of energy and Trane completely steals the spotlight with ione of those solos that make him the best saxophonist in history. After that, it's back to the unforgettable melody. Ah-Leu-Cha picks the pace up severely, some very interesting chord progressions on that one. A fine reading of one of Bird's best. Things slow down again with the ballad All of You, again Miles plays the melody expressively,and Trane solos furiously during his spots. Standard Bye Bye Blackbird comes next, and I can say without a shred of doubt in my mind it's the best song on the album. If you can't tell it's a classic by the opening piano solo, you're beyond all help I can give you (which, to be fair, isn't much). Tadd's Delight is the closest this album comes to a weak song, and even then it has a nice melody. Dear Old Stockholm closes things out, and though normally I'm not a fan of Stan Getz, I love the group's reading of this tune (particularly that harmony part... it will stay in your head forever!) The CD reissue comes with four bonus tracks (Two Bass Hit, Little Melonae, Budo and Sweet Sue Just You), which range from brilliant (Little Melonae) to average (Sweet Sue).
4-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning and the End
Miles' debut album for Columbia Records - and the last LP by his original quintet - is very much in the same vein as the trumpeter's final Prestige sessions, which were in fact recorded almost simultaneously. There's nothing really new here - even the title track had already appeared on a Prestige LP in a nearly identical version - but the Maestro and his sidemen (John Coltrane on tenor sax, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums) play with verve and conviction, stamping their collective personality on the last all-covers program in Davis' catalogue. While subsequent releases such as MILESTONES and KIND OF BLUE are undoubtedly superior on all levels, 'ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT still deserves a place on any Miles Davis fan's shelf - even if the only thing distinguishing it from its predecessors is the record label.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for Trane's 1st solo * * * * * *
It is a "transplendid" moment when John Coltrane blazes in on the opening title track "'Round Midnight."
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9. The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions
by Prestige
Audio CD (23 May, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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So which was the greater Miles Davis quintet, the legendary postbop band of the '60s featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Ron Carter or the proto-bebop unit of the '50s featuring the emerging John Coltrane? As properly celebrated as the former is, a strong argument can be made for the latter, which in pouring out five albums' worth of material for Prestige in three marathon sessions (to fulfill a contract) took the group aesthetic to dazzling heights--and has been endlessly imitated ever since. Driven by the rhythm section of Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Jones, this band was a remarkable blend of whiplash power and airy emotion--not always perfect or polished, but with the sublimely contained Davis and fiercely uncontainable Coltrane playing off each other, always eventful. (The familiar songs include "Oleo," "If I Were a Bell," "Four" and "My Funny Valentine.") To entice those who already own Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars on a high end system the sound IS a serious improvement !
the sound of Miles trumpet is significantly better here. less "digitalis" (overly bright highs) but not at the expense of rolled off highs. this is sonically better then the rvg 2006 remaster of relaxin'.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Miles
I'm not a serious jazz person,I can't really pick one person from another but read how good this set is and decided to buy it. The re-mastered discs are fantastic and a joy to listen to. The last disc is still good it just lacks the quality of the others.Great music and money well spent!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fifties jazz at it's best
It's been written the difference between Blue Note records and Prestige records were a couple of practice sessions before the formal recordings.Listening to this box set reveals this as being very true.Alfred Lion spent the money, Bob Weinstock recorded on the cheap.This is why you're treated to Trane stumbling through the changes on disc 1, stumbling so badly on a few selections that even Bob Blumenthal couldn't ignore it and mentioned it in his liner notes.
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10. Stan Getz & The Oscar Peterson Trio: The Silver Collection
by Polygram Records
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson were both consummate performers, comfortable at any tempo, when they met for this 1957 recording, and they're clearly enjoying one another's skills on ballads and uptempo tunes alike. The group is one of the finest editions of Peterson's trios, with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis. It's virtually a machine for quiet swing, and the absence of a drummer lets Getz's silky sound come to the fore with all its details intact. For all his fame as a virtuosic pianist, Peterson is an underrated accompanist. He complements a soloist with deft fills and unobtrusive propulsion, and the backgrounds he supplies here are as subtle as his solos are extroverted. The program is a good mix of standards and Getz originals, including the joyous "Tour's End," while the extended ballad medley could define jazz lyricism. There's also a brief but infectious version of Ellis's "Detour Ahead," the guitarist's early and highly successful foray into songwriting. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Herb Ellis & Ray Brown:Rhythm Machine
I love this recording, and all the other reviews have discussed the many reasons why it is so great.I just want to mention something that Herb Ellis said about playing with Ray Brown.Herb said that Ray's bass playing made him feel like he was being physically lifted up and carried along by some super-strong giant.Mr. Brown is the model of powerful swing - massive,deep tone, atomic sense of time.On this (and other) OPT recordings you can hear him lift-'n-carry the whole band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential
This is hands-down, the best jazz album I've ever owned. Whether sitting in front of the speakers with eyes closed, absorbing every note, or using it as unobtrusive (but swingin') background music while I work, this album shines.
5-0 out of 5 stars Stan + Oscar = Great music!!
This was recorded at the tail end of Stan's "California period" (1953-57), after which he would spend much time in Europe before returning to the States and establishing a base in NYC. His famous Lestorian sound, cool and lyrical, was fully established, and he loved nothing more than (and was better than just about everybody else at) playing the Great American Songbook at medium to medium-up tempos and swinging the daylights out of it.
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11. The Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, 1961
by Riverside
Audio CD (13 September, 2005)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Bill Evans, with virtuoso bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, reinvented the jazz piano trio, creating stunning contrapuntal dialogues that merged luminous lyricism with layers of complex, elusive harmonies, its moments of limpid beauty suddenly giving way to surging rhythms. The trio's finest recorded moments, these performances were captured just 10 days before LaFaro's death in a car accident. The original releases--Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Under Bill Evans hands, the jazz becomes poetry!

5-0 out of 5 stars A time machine trip!
Although I still praise JVC for coming up with this idea of presenting the entire recording as it was performed in the first place, this US reissue surpasses the previous issue in Japan in two ways;
5-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the greatest piano trio record of all time
This is an amazing set.Nothing about it is routine.It can still after some 40 years delight and challenge most listeners. Evans places with harmonic sophistication and simplicity that is often infused with real romance."Waltz for Debbie" is a great example of this.
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12. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music
Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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Subjects:  1. Afro-Cuban Jazz    2. Avant-Garde    3. Avant-Garde Jazz    4. Ballads    5. Big Band    6. Bop    7. Box Sets (Audio Only)    8. Classic Female Blues    9. Classic Jazz    10. Cool    11. Crossover Jazz    12. Dance Bands    13. Dixieland    14. Free Jazz    15. Fusion    16. Hard Bop    17. Jazz    18. Jazz Blues    19. Jazz Collections    20. Jazz Music   


13. My Favorite Things
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Asin: B000002I53
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This 1960 recording was a landmark album in John Coltrane's career, the first to introduce his quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones and the first release on which he played soprano saxophone. It also provided him with a signature hit, as his new group conception came together wonderfully on the title track. It's an extended modal reworking in 6/4 time that brought the hypnotic pulsating quality of Indian music into jazz for the first time, with Coltrane's soprano wailing over the oscillating piano chords and pulsing drums. The unusual up-tempo version of Gershwin's "Summertime" is a heated example of Coltrane's "sheets of sound" approach to conventional changes, while "But Not for Me" receives a radical harmonic makeover. This is an excellent introduction to Coltrane's work. Read more

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Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars JOHN COLTRANE -MY FAVORITE THINGS
A classic, I'm happy to have in my collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection in sound
The title track, "My Favorite Things" is a lovely musical journey into the mind of a master. With Coltrane re-working the theme from The Sound of Music and McCoy Tyner lending audible gold on the keys, the song is a gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Coltrane in conventional terms
Coltrane, Davis, Tyner, and Jones went into the studio for a week and came out with material for three albums."My Favorite Things" is the standards album."Coltrane's Sound" is the originals album (pretty good), and "Coltrane Plays The Blues" is the blues album.
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14. The Very Best of Julie London
by Capitol
Audio CD (10 January, 2006)
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Asin: B0009IE6K8
Sales Rank: 5741
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Remastered and Wonderful
The standards don't get much better than this. One of the best compilations i've heard in a long time. The recordings arecrisp and clean, It's hard to believe that they were done so long ago.BRAVO!!

5-0 out of 5 stars julie is brilliant!
wow!i thought i knew the very best vocal singers of yesteryear; ella, billie, sarah, judy, barbra, peggy, doris, and now julie!i knew "cry me a river" but until i heard this 2 disc cd i had no idea how wonderful julie was.if you are a fan of the standards this is a must buy.i listen to it day and night.her rendition of the classic standards made me think she should have introduced the songs instead of the original artist!

3-0 out of 5 stars Review of Julie London 2006 Best of release
The first CD in this 2 CD compilation is quite good, with all the mood provoking sounds here. The second CD is where they have placed all the dreary "am I listening to my Grandparent's album" songs. ... Read more

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15. Yours
by Native Language
Audio CD (23 August, 2005)
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Sales Rank: 6245
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best album of the new century!!!
Sara Gazerek...where in the heck did she come from??I am a huge Nancy LaMott fan..God rest her soul...and like some sort of miracle from heaven..Sara Gazarek shows up and knocks a Grand Slam out of the park her first time up to bat....
5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating voice, great band
Every time one of these tracks comes up on my iPod's shuffle it just makes me happy. Her voice is just captivating, I could listen to her forever. My only disappointment is that this is her only CD so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars jbb2
great Voice, great band ! originals material & interesting covers of some favorites. This is an artist I want to hear more ofASAP !! ... Read more

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16. The Best of Chet Baker Sings
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (04 August, 1989)
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Asin: B000005HFH
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Once Chet Baker arrived in California from his native Oklahoma, his career exploded. After landing gigs with Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan, Baker soon found himself a solo star and bandleader. Not long after that, he also found himself whispering love songs into a microphone. Baker was not gifted with the most robust voice of the day. Indeed, listening to pure singers like Nat "King" Cole or Johnny Hartman can expose Baker's weaknesses, but what Baker did, he did well. By choosing wistful, so-young, so-in-love tunes, Baker was able to pour his heart into the material, sketching soft, romantic moods and painting himself as the broken-hearted innocent. The effect can be devastating, as Baker's voice clings to the melody, threatening to disintegrate at any moment. Many of his best tunes--"I Fall in Love Too Easily," "But Not for Me," "Let's Get Lost"--are collected here, and as such, there is no better place to begin an appreciation of Baker's unique singing. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The place to start, and to come back to
Over years of listening to jazz, this is the album I most often return to. It has absolutely everything: great songs (some of the greatest). A spectacular voice unlike Frank's or Ella's or Sarah's or anyone's--a voice that's all things to all people. (Whatever you want to hear in Baker's voice--depth, surface, warmth, detachment, male, female, and just about any other pairing of opposites--is right there for the taking.) You get ballads and lilting uptempos. Accessibility (this is not music to struggle to enjoy.) Innocence and experience. Summer-afternoon arrangements to float you away. A brilliant trumpet soloist (who was, however unlikely, the same guy as the amazing vocalist). Melody and improvisation.... If I were introducing a newbie to jazz, this is the album I'd start with. Then, after you listen to a thousand others, play Chet singing again and realize: this one tops them all. How did Baker do it? He probably shouldn't have been able to, given the way he lived lived--and that too feels like a piece of this recording's pleasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent performances by chet baker. his voice is unique and is highly recommended to all jazz lovers. It is so rare to find so many songs by chet baker in one collection and here are some wonderful songsby a wonderful jaxx singer and player.

3-0 out of 5 stars Acquired Taste
People are a bit too crazy with all the 5 star reviews.From a technical standpoint, he is a pretty poor vocalist.Most of the jazz vocals I have heard in local clubs are better than Chet and as for more widely known, recorded artists, they all leave Chet in the dust.Of course, technical skill is not the whole thing.Certain vocalists have a way of singing that resonates with some people.Chet is one of those kinds of singers.It is certainly possible to love his singing, but for many people, it would be an acquired taste.For those who really put a lot of emphasis on technical skills, it is unlikely that they will ever be able to deal with Chet the singer. ... Read more

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17. Moon Beams
Audio CD (01 July, 1991)
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Sales Rank: 12763
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bill Evans
It is hard not to rate this Bill Evans CD as anything less than superb; right up there with the Vanguard series.

5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST JAZZ BALLAD PERFORMANCES--EVER!
Five Stars are not enough: this CD is worthy of SIX Stars!! When uber-bassist Scottie La Faro was killed in a car accident, it took a devastated Bill Evans a full year to both recover and to acclimate to his new bassist Chuck Israels to the point of being ready to record. Israels brought to the trio another dimension of jazz bass wizardry using 'commentary' on Evans' work, instead of the previous 'conversations' between Bill's piano and La Faro's mighty bass. Produced by the great Orrin "OKeep" Keepnews, this CD is essential Bill Evans and one of the greatest jazz ballad performances-ever.Along with the legendary recording, "Sunday At The Village Vanguard" (with La Faro), this recording slammed the door on all assertions that Evans' was a better sideman than a leader.
5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album...
This is my favorite album by the Bill Evans trio. The album "How My Heart Sings" was recorded during the same session as this album and all the ballads from the session were put on "Moonbeams". This is one of the best jazz records I can think of. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" is an absolutely beautiful song, but really the whole disc is breathtaking. Evans was depressed over the death of his bassist Scott Lafaro shortly after the recording of their performances at the Village Vanguard in New York, and the melancholy feel of the music matched his mood I'm sure. Whatever the circumstances were, this is one of my favorite jazz recordings and I have given it as a gift to many friends and relatives because I really think everyone should hear it. ... Read more

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18. My Rifle, My Pony and Me - Movie and TV Soundtracks
by Bear Family
Audio CD (28 June, 1994)
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Sales Rank: 7673
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I Look Toward Home
This album takes me back to Texas. "The Sons Of Katie Elder" sung by Johnny Cash and "Nevada Smith" sung by Merle Kilgore sound good but are a bit modern. "The Searchers" sung by the Sons Of The Pioneers really hits home. As the sun sets and the days grow short I ride away and I look toward home.
5-0 out of 5 stars Bring back the yesteryear
When I saw the title, I immediately recalled the Ricky Nelson - Dean Martin duet in "Rio Bravo" as they were held up in the sheriff's office with trusty Walter Brennan and you know who, John Wayne.This CD brings back many, many memories, when Westerns were King of the small or silver screen.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Family Favorite
This is a great CD for the old western lovers.My family made a game out of the first playing of it by having to guess the name of the song and who was singing it. (One person had control of the jewel case.)What was so great about it was there was nary a cuss word or drug use in it.Very family friendly. ... Read more

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19. Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Asin: B000000Y87
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This live recording by the Bill Evans Trio at the Village Vanguard on June 25, 1961, marked the end of one of the most sublime instrumental combinations in jazz history when bassist Scott LaFaro died in a car accident 10 days later. This unit is underdocumented because Evans, a notorious perfectionist, was reluctant to record. The interchange between Evans on piano, LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums is balletic in its balance of emotional beauty and technical precision. Multiple takes of "Gloria's Step," "Alice in Wonderland," "All of You," and "Jade Visions" show how the invention these players brought to each performance makes repeated material sound like movements in a suite. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quietly Powerful
Sometimes I listen to this recording and I think to myself, "Why did I stop taking piano lessons at seven years old?" But I am glad that some little boys continued with their lessons; notably Bill Evans.
3-0 out of 5 stars i just cannot understand why
this CD arranges the songs the way it does.I love the sounds, the jazz, the piano, the bass, yeah all of that stuff is good and all, but why do I have to hear the same song twice in a row multiple times? Explain to me why there shouldn't be the six differnt songs (by title) and then the four repeats tacked onto the end so as to excite a "Wow, yeah that was a great song, I don't mind hearing it again" instead of a "I just heard that song?"
5-0 out of 5 stars Bill Evans
One of the best albums ever made. The "last Recording" in San F. (Berkley) is just as good. ... Read more

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20. The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album
Audio CD (01 July, 1991)
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Sales Rank: 2053
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Tony Bennett Ever Recorded
If you look at Tony Bennett's career, you will find his recordings fall well short of his live performances.He has been compared often and favorably to Frank Sinatra,and his recordings pale especially against Sinatra's.For a given record/CD, Sinatra had a clear idea of the songs, the feel of the album and the musical texture.As noted in Will Friedwald's wonderful book, Sinatra was deeply concerned that his recordings would last.
5-0 out of 5 stars TONY BENNETT & BILL EVANS: DIAMONDS AND PLATINUM
Five Big Stars!! It's 1975. The consummate saloon singer and heir apparent to Frank Sinatra meets jazz' pre-eminent balladeer and it's most lyrical 'smoker' in a wonderful set of familiar songs, each recast as platinum and diamond jewel pieces. The liner notes say that Evans didn't regard himself as much of a singer's accompianist. Ha! One of the greatest "compers" in jazz history for some of jazz' most heralded horn men was selling himself way short. Especially if Tony Bennett wanted in on this session. Performing as a duo sets both artists' capabilities off in bold relief and makes them entirely inter-dependent, having no drum and bass to fill rhythmic space and use as a harmonic springboard. Alone, Together!
4-0 out of 5 stars Almost too sparse
While I loved the sequel to this album, I thought this one was almost too simple to be interesting.Bill's incredible piano playing is showcased much more in the second album.The same goes for Tony's great voice.I am a big Bennet fan so will enjoy this cd, but if I had to choose between the two of them I would definitely go with the second one. ... Read more

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