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    1. Best Of Ella Fitzgerald &
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    2. The Hot Fives & Sevens
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    3. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of
    4. Louis Armstrong - All-Time Greatest
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    5. If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got
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    6. What a Wonderful World
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    7. Porgy & Bess
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    8. The Essential Louis Armstrong
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    9. Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
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    10. Ragtime - The Musical (1998 Original
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    11. Scott Joplin: Piano Rags
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    12. The Best of Pete Fountain
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    13. On the Track
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    14. Marching Down Bourbon Street
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    15. The Great Summit: The Master Takes
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    16. Ain't Misbehavin' (1978 Original
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    17. 20th Century Piano Genius
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    18. The Greatest Ragtime of the Century
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    19. Black Codes (From the Underground)
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    20. 1949-1952

    1. Best Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
    by Polygram Records
    Audio CD (26 August, 1997)
    list price: $11.98 -- our price: $8.97
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    Asin: B0000047FO
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Ella Fitzgerald's voice was satin to Louis Armstrong's sandpaper, but when you put them together on a single song, their chemistry was unimpeachable. This disc selects highlights from the three albums they made together at Verve (including their Read more

    Reviews (51)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Anyone Who Hopes to Understand American Music
    I picked up this one to replace my seldom-played LP, "Ella and Louis."Like most collections, it suffers a bit from uneven textures (the lush orchestration of "Summertime" seems like an intrusion on the intimate rapport established in the preceding numbers) and audio quality (variances in mics, mixing and engineering can be hard to disguise).So go with "Ella and Louis" unless some of the tunes on this "Best of--" anthology seem absolutely essential.
    5-0 out of 5 stars No,they cant take that away from me...
    Sixty odd years ago,over AFN,Europe,whistles and fade outs and sometimes only very feeble sounds of the devine trumpet or,the girlish , heavenly voicekept us hoping,kept us alive in the red quagmire.The thin ray of sunshine in the deep,dark well of the *paradise.No,they really cant take all this away.Yes , we will never meet again.Soon I would not be
    5-0 out of 5 stars 'Your Daddy's rich and your Momma fine looking'
    The two greats the one- and- only Satchmo and the one-and-only Ella get together and make music which makes the listener happy to be alive. As another Amazon reviewer has written one feels that they simply so much enjoy making music that their attitude is infectious. The way each one of them in his/her own way play with the lyric and the music is just a delight. They've got it , in the deepest way. And they give it to their listeners with such incredible swinging lilting grace( Ella) and raspy, gravelly, charm( Satchmo) that one just loves to listen.
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    Subjects:  1. Ballads    2. Bop    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Jazz Vocals    6. Pop    7. Standards    8. Swing    9. Traditional Pop    10. Vocal Jazz   


    2. The Hot Fives & Sevens
    by Jsp Records
    Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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    Asin: B00001ZWLP
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Between 1925 and 1929, Louis Armstrong created one of the first great bodies of work in jazz. While he worked regularly as a soloist with big bands, he began his career as a leader with the first all-star studio group in jazz, the Hot Five. The other four musicians were Armstrong's wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, on piano; Johnny Dodds on clarinet; Kid Ory on trombone; and Johnny St. Cyr on banjo. The music's first great soloist, Armstrong was reshaping jazz by sheer improvisational magic, gradually diminishing the role of the traditional New Orleans ensemble with the clarion brilliance of his trumpet. Possessing an uncanny blend of exuberance and creativity, he combined virtuosic declarations with a talent for the subtlest shifts in phrasing and melodic variation, creating rich emotional statements that could hint at loss in the midst of joy or the promise of better things in the most sorrowful blues. The band expands here, to the Hot Seven and larger ensembles, and it gains soloists who applied Armstrong's lessons to their own instruments--musicians such as pianist Earl Hines and trombonist Jack Teagarden--but all come under the imprint of Armstrong's flowering genius, as both trumpeter and singer.Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The most important body of work ever recorded!!
    This set is essential for anyone who cares about music!What Louis Armstrong did here was pure genius and changed the course of music and every recording to follow.It was in these recording that we see how great jazz can be, and it also gives us the first hint of what a great vocalist Armstrong was.The entire group was amazing including Johnny Dodds, the Louis Armstrong of the clarinet.You do not have a music collection if these recordings are not in it!!A MUST OWN.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sound quality is outstanding!
    I can't offer a highly educated opinion about early jazz compared to more informed reviewers, but I have listened to an enormous variety of early jazz recordings. I have never heard recordings of this vintage sound so good. The sound engineer isn't merely gifted; he's a genius. These remastered recordings have greater depth than many contemporary recordings. I'll be checking out what else this lesser-known record label has to offer. I concur with other reviewers: I can't imagine anyone buying this boxed set being disappointed with their purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Hot Fives & Sevens
    The Louis Armstrong Hot Fives & Sevens recordings are justly considered classics.What an amazing experience to realize that you are hearing this jazz master (and others) as he/they sounded in the late 1920's.Recording technology at the time certainly created some limitations:mainly background noise, and speed--the old disks spun at 78 RPM, which meant that you could only put 3-4 minutes of music on a side.I would bet that these remastered recordings on CD sound a lot better than the originals.You will enjoy them!Frank Paine ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Classic Jazz    3. Dixieland    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Jazz Traditional    7. New Orleans Jazz    8. Pop   


    3. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music
    Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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    Asin: B000050HVG
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    This five-CD box set soundtrack to filmmaker Ken Burns's 10-part, 19-hour documentary Read more

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    • Box set
    • Original recording remastered

    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   


    4. Louis Armstrong - All-Time Greatest Hits
    Audio CD (10 May, 1994)
    list price: $13.98
    Asin: B000002ORZ
    Sales Rank: 4590
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The popular tracks
    Many greatest hits compilations by current bands are worthwhile because they owed their success to radio and their best work was released to radio. "Greatest hits" does not always equate with "best of" and this compilation is an excellent example of that. Many of these songs I truly enjoy. Do many songs better than "What A Wonderful World" exist? The man owns "Hello Dolly" and "Mack the Knife," and "La Vie en Rose" is a timeless, beautiful song. However, it is difficult to fathom songs such as "Skokiaan," "The Dummy Song" and "Chloe" were ever hits. They aren't especially good songs and I assume MCA included them because they lacked rights to better material. I agree with the reviewers, who have directed readers to other Satchmo releases. In addition to those recommendations, the one I would suggest is the "Jazz `Round Midnight" series release, simply titled "Louis Armstrong." "All-Time Greatest Hits" isn't a terrible CD, though it does not give a non-fan an idea of just how great some of Mr. Armstrong's music is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
    This cd has all my favorites! I love Louis, and all his cheesy, but happy songs. It's good car music, and backround music for when your working or eating. I LOVE IT!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cookie Cutter Commercial
    I have not listened to this CD. I must agree with another reviewer that Satchel Mouth is one of our lasting cultural icons. There's no need to talk about his-- I was about to say "mastery of the music," but it's more about soul than mastery. The music was just there. My comments have to do with the music selection. These cuts are his greatest hits all right, they're pleasant and enjoyable etc. They are AM Radio Hits on a Disc! If you love Louis' music, I encourage you to call up "Ambassador Satch" and listen to a few of those cuts, too. That music or his "W.C. Handy" disc and some others tell the tale of his music better than Mack the Knife, much as I--and you, no doubt--enjoy it. Give them a spin and enjoy the real roots of Louis. Even the re-mastered "Original Hot Five" and "Hot Seven" discs--cut in the 20s--are great. You might like these "not for everybody" less commercial discs even better! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classic Jazz    2. Dixieland    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Jazz Traditional    6. New Orleans Jazz    7. Pop    8. Swing    9. Traditional Pop    10. Vocal Jazz   


    5. If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It!
    by RCA Victor
    Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HEWGQU
    Sales Rank: 2549
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Box set
    • Original recording remastered

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to Fats Waller
    My wife bought this set for me after hearing about it on NPR.Though I love jazz, my album collection is only fair to middlin' (e.g., Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Miles Davis, Coltrane, etc.) and this is my first Fats Waller album.Though it is my first, it won't be my last - as I listened to Fats' phenomenal stride piano and Armstrong-reminiscent voice, I became an instant fan.I have had it two days and have listened to it at home, in the car on the way to work and even at work.I can't get enough.
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    Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Classic Jazz    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Traditional    5. Jive    6. Pop    7. Stride    8. Swing    9. United States of America   


    6. What a Wonderful World
    by Verve
    Audio CD (27 February, 1996)
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    Asin: B000003N4G
    Sales Rank: 5075
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The legacy of late Louis Armstrong
    Let's face it, at the time of these recordings Satchmo's glorious trumpet was all but silent and, although his voice was still highly expressive and emotional, it has lost some of its rhythmical versatility.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only Satchmo
    You could say he does not havea good voice. But it is a great voice. He is so filled with life, with feeling with joy .It just overflows. The playing is of course incomparable. He is one of those few greats who is universally loved.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Sachmo - mmmmm
    What can I say about this CD except "mmmmm". Ya gotta love it, this CD has a range of songs that will fulfill anyones desire for some of Mr Armstrongs' special treatment.
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    Subjects:  1. Classic Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Jazz Traditional    5. Pop    6. Traditional Pop    7. Vocal Jazz   


    7. Porgy & Bess
    by Polygram Records
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000046Z5
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Getting the two most personable voices in jazz to sing an hour's worth of George Gershwin's opera Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars once-in-a-lifetime greatness
    Two thousand five hundred musicians have recorded "Summertime" --- it's a classic. (I bet most Americans can name Janis Joplin and no other singer.)As for "Porgy and Bess," the folk opera from which "Summertime" springs, it's such a classic that it's hard to believe anyone ever had a harsh word to say about it.
    5-0 out of 5 stars We love this album
    We hope they will someday bring this beautiful story back to the stage

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply great
    The fusion between the great two voices and the orchestra is just brilliant. Very good brass and violins that accompany Fitzeralds and Armstrongs magic voices leaves you with your mouth open.
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    Subjects:  1. American 20th/21st Century Opera    2. Ballads    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Jazz Vocals    6. Opera    7. Pop    8. Standards    9. Swing    10. Traditional Pop    11. Vocal Jazz   


    8. The Essential Louis Armstrong
    Audio CD (03 August, 2004)
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    Asin: B0002JE8WU
    Sales Rank: 3932
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording remastered

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Drop in the Ocean...
    ...of what constitutes Louis' career, so it's hard for it to earn its "Essential" appellation, but still, it's hard to go wrong with this -while you're listening to it, every cut sure seems essential. Some listeners, used to recordings of more recent vintage may be shocked at how lo fi some of this is, but still, I think they'll be able to get past that...Wonderful and beautiful stuff from one of the alltime if not THE alltime, American immortals...
    5-0 out of 5 stars Searching for years
    This CD brought together many old favourites. The quality of the re-mastered music is far superior to my original records, audio tapes and CDs. I'm so glad I was able to find this compilation and am very happy with the purchase.I also have to congratulate AMAZON for the prompt service and ease of ordering both books and music.Your prices are comparable and in fact cheaper, even allowing for the conversion from US to Australian dollars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pops was tops!
    All too often "Greatest Hits" collections are less than that; however, that is not the case with this fine selection, an excellent compilation of Armstrong's work in classic jazz.
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    Subjects:  1. Classic Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Traditional    4. New Orleans Jazz    5. Pop    6. Traditional Pop    7. Vocal Jazz   


    9. Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
    by Grp Records
    Audio CD (24 October, 1995)
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    Asin: B000003N7R
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Perhaps looking to renew his inspiration or maybe simply wanting to broaden his horizons, Duke Ellington began a string of collaborations in the second half of his career--whereas before that, his own band was stimulus enough. Whatever the reason, almost all of his collaborations succeeded at high levels, although none of his shared sessions are more intriguing on the surface than this 1962 date with the preeminent sax star of the day. In reality, the record amounts to "Coltrane Plays Ellington" (plus one Coltrane original) because the tenor man is the whole show--and what a show it is. Only Coltrane could be as "fiercely tender," and there's no better forum for his sensitive side than the music of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, who contributes the album's true vertex, "My Little Brown Book." The rhythm section alternates between Duke's and Trane's, each adding a different texture to the proceedings. Ellington is wise enough to appreciate the nature of the session, and he is quite content to feed chords in service of the young master--proving the old master's open mind and good taste. Hearing Coltrane seize "In a Sentimental Mood" is thanks enough. Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    The album starts with one of the greatest versions of a jazz song - "In A Sentimental Mood".Coltrane's playing on it is brilliant, and Duke's piano playing sounds much better than in the 1941 version of the same song.The bass & drum alternate between Duke's & John's.At the tempos and volumes they're playing at, there isn't a significant difference between the two sets.Coltrane's playing is a slight retreat in terms of adventurousness.It may have been mouthpiece problems or maybe because he was playing with Duke Ellington.Either way, it's lack of challenge doesn't diminish the beauty of the playing.Some have said Duke sounds more modern than Coltrane, but I don't hear that.This album won't turn your personal jazz world on its ear, but it is a lot of fun to listen to.It's also fine for non-jazz fans.

    3-0 out of 5 stars DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE: a casual, unchallenging listen
    this pairing of jazz greats is such a strange idea. two very different musical thinkers who you might think would clash in the studio, join together in a nice little collaboration. the problem is, it's a little too nice. there is no real spark here and the players seem to be genuinely delighted to be playing together, but there is no overt displays of passion in these songs. "In A Sentimental Mood" starts off very warm and nice and it's great to hear Coltrane's playing over Duke's piano. but once you get the general idea, it's all of the same. overall, it's a nice little cd, but i cannot recommend it highly, there are many many more worthwhile albums that were made seperately by these two artists. still, if the mood hits you, you can slip on your cardigan and your pipe and slippers and listen to this by the fire.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Jazz Album
    The review by R. Davis best summarizes it for me. I can't listen to this album enough.Every song is great, every performance is great.The most improbable matchup creates amazing magic.The last tune, "The Feeling of Jazz", is as good as it gets. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Jazz Music    3. Mainstream Jazz    4. Pop    5. Post-Bop    6. Swing   


    10. Ragtime - The Musical (1998 Original Broadway Cast)
    by RCA Victor Broadway
    Audio CD (28 April, 1998)
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    Asin: B0000064XS
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The epic sweep of Read more

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    • Cast Recording

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Inspirational Cast Recording!
    This 2-disc set is the most beautiful recording you will ever come across.The sound is perfect and it contains all of the songs from the musical, unlike the 'Highlights' CD.The singers are brilliant and they play their roles perfectly.Brian Stokes Mitchell is a wonderful and intense Coalhouse, and Peter Friedman is a beautiful voice as Tateh.Marin Mazzie and Audra McDonald co-star as Mother and Sarah, and Mark Jacoby is a inspirational and powerful Father.Lynette Perry and Jim Corti are halarious as Evelyn Nesbit and Harry Houndini.Some of the best songs on this recording are:
    5-0 out of 5 stars In the Age of Sondheim, this piece stands beside his work and doesn't pale at all.
    "Ragtime" utilzes so many different elements. From a compositional stand point, the music begins as does the story. We have three different classes of people and three different styles of music. As the musical proceeds and the classes begin to mingle and then clash, the music does the same thing. This is a subtle element of brilliance; most audience memebers wouldn't catch this. This piece comes as close to opera as does "Sweeney Todd". The recording includes a Orchestra Suite at the end that is so well written that it stands beautifully on it's own and doesn't sound like a last minute Overture. Each character is well defined by musical motif. The cast is outstanding with the very best singers and actors available to Broadway and Lincoln Center. Marin Mazzie sings the remarkable "Back To Before" and Audra MacDonald "Your Daddy's Hands" making them songs that will stand as monuments to theatre the way that "People" does for Streisand, "Rose's Turn" For Merman, "Hello Dolly" for Carol Channing. The musical skill of the orchestra is remarkable, whether it's the pianist, the clarinet sounding like an Eastern European standard. Or the remarkable first violin who climbes up a scale to bring a piece together at the end for a pitch so beautifully played at the top of the instrument's range. The songs themselves are spectacular; each piece develops and we do hearcharacter development themes; each repeated motif in a song has thickened and developed along with the character, so we never ever feel as though the score was written hastily. "Ragtime" is a musical that defies the old line, "Theatre in New York is Dead."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ragtime, Ragtime , Ragtime, Ragtime, Ragtime, Ragtime, Ragtime!!!!!
    When I was 11 I got the oppertunity to see Ragtime on Broadway, but back then I really didn't get how deep and beautiful the score was and is.Back then I just thought it was boring and I couldn't wait to leave so I could be that much closer to seeing the Lion King (Which is also an amazing musical, but anyway).
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    Subjects:  1. Cast Recordings    2. Klezmer    3. Original Cast Recordings    4. Pop    5. Ragtime    6. Show Tunes    7. Showtunes / B'way    8. Soundtracks    9. Swing   


    11. Scott Joplin: Piano Rags
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
    list price: $16.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B000005IYF
    Sales Rank: 14775
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Joplin & Joshua, A Historic Partnership
    As a kid back in the 70's, I started my classical piano training.Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, etc.One day by chance, I caught the sound of music coming from my cousin's room that I'd never heard.To me it was remarkable.I ran to the phonograph to see what was playing.It was Mr. Rifkins Scott Joplin Piano Rags, Volume 1.Being classically trained, I was immediately drawn to the music's intricate,flowing,syncopated rhythms.I had to play this stuff.My first rag purchased was Maple Leaf.That was in 1977.Since then I've played them all.I'm in my 40's now and have yet to master the sound produced by Mr. Rifkin.I have basically given up.I can't play as well and thank God he can.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Still my favorite
    Although these are remastered from older recordings and neither the playing nor the sound quality are absolutely perfect, this album is still my favorite recording of Joplin's music.The pared-down piano arrangements are interesting (band arrangements are nice, too, but serve a different purpose) and Rifkin treated the music respecfully--the playing is neither too fast nor exaggeratedly bright or "ragged".My biggest complaint is that it is too short and does not include all of the tracks originally available on the LP's (which I also have and which are worth getting if you can find them).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Consumate musicianship
    Just a short note to state my admiration for Joshua Rifkin, the consumate musician who is equally at home playing Scott Joplin on the piano or conducting J.S.Bach's Mass in B Minor. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Composers    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Ragtime   


    12. The Best of Pete Fountain
    by Verve
    Audio CD (21 May, 1996)
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    Asin: B000003N4N
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Though clarinetist Pete Fountain has long been a fixture on the New Orleans jazz scene, his greatest notoriety came from his 1957-1959 nationally televised appearances with the Lawrence Welk orchestra leading a small group playing traditional jazz. Fountain, a Benny Goodman disciple who plays the old standards with indefatigable fervor, is a fixture on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, leading the early morning parade down St. Charles Avenue with his "Half Fast" marching club. As Fountain walks, he plays the numbers on this record that comprise his standard repertoire--"While We Danced at the Mardi Gras," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans," "Basin Street Blues," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," "When the Saints Come Marching in March" and "St. Louis Blues." Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY the Best
    First had this as a tape in the early 70s, and it's still my favorite Pete Fountain album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cd
    I bought the cassette version of this album over 20 years ago.I have purchased several other Pete Fountain cd's since.This is by far the best Pete Fountain CD I have found.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The master's best
    I'm not a jazz afficianado, so I do not know whether there are other clarinetists out there equal to Pete Fountain. I do know that Pete Fountain makes the clarinet sing, talk, grieve, celebrate, exalt, revere, wail, and cry. He takes songs that I know, and moves them to another level.
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    Subjects:  1. Dixieland    2. Dixieland Revival    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Jazz Traditional    6. Pop   


    13. On the Track
    by Warner Bros / Wea
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B000002KG2
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Once cited by Bob Dylan as the first performer he'd want to sign to his own label, Leon Redbone instead made his 1976 recording debut with Warner Brothers. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Easy listening at it's best.
    I first heard Leon Redbone in the seventies and bought this record then. I love his style and especially the mouth trumpet sounds. Really pleased that is is available on CD. I bought another one but this is still the best I've heard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
    This album represents the quintessential Redbone sound.Every song is a classic.I've enjoyed it over and over.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Yeah
    Oh, Yeah. This is the stuff. Great Sunday afternoon mood music. Mom and Dad turned me onto this in the 70's when I was just a wee little lad. This album makes me want to nap on a row boat in the middle of a lake on a sunny day. Or just doze in a hammock under a shady tree. This is the work of a song-stylist, not just a singer. What Redbone does to some of these familiar standards is nothing short of perfection. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Folk & Traditional    2. Folk-Jazz    3. Nostalgia    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. Ragtime    7. Rock/Pop   


    14. Marching Down Bourbon Street
    by Sony Special Product
    Audio CD (01 January, 2001)
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    Asin: B000002Z3M
    Sales Rank: 6172
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording reissued
    • Original recording remastered

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic New Orleans
    Anyone who has visited Preservation Hall in New Orleans will truly appreciate this CD as it captures the feeling of that great joyful and music-filled room.To those who have not been blessed with that experience, this CD will certainly whet your appetite for Dixieland.I have been a fan of New Orleans Jazz for over 50 years and never tire of listening to the old standards featured here.St. James Infirmary is one of my all-time favorites and is particulary good here.The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is one of the most important groups preserving and promoting this kind of music.This is also a super value and offers a good way to sample this music. ... Read more

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    15. The Great Summit: The Master Takes
    by Blue Note Records
    Audio CD (09 January, 2001)
    list price: $11.98 -- our price: $7.99
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    Asin: B00005614N
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording remastered

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's hard to beat the classics
    Sure, these guys have been gone a long time and this was recorded a decade before that,If you've listened to any classic jazz, you've almost certainly heard cuts from this album.It's still a joy to listen to and a gem to hear it in its entirity.The compositions are all Ellington's, but Satchmo and Duke make the music theirs together.Mercifully, there are no "bonus track" outtakes here, but plenty of music nonetheless.Aside from the pure talent of Armstrong and Ellington -- and their sidemen -- there is a chemistry between these two very different jazz legends.To my ear, there is an enthusiasm at their only pairing in their respective 50 year careers, and a spontaneity that gives it a unique energy.Underproduced by today's standards and under-rehearsed by their standards, the production is clean and energic.Recorded in RCA's great Manhattan studios and masterfully remastered, the recording itself is second to none.Groundbreaking?No, but still a landmark because of what it is.Best of all, though, it's just really, really wonderful to listen to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars High Peak
    I write this as a Louis Armstrong fan. I respect Duke Ellington, but I haven't heard nearly as much of his output as I have of Louis Armstrong's. My judgment is more about Satchmo's performance here than about Ellington's.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Let's Hear it for Duke's Place...
    I don'tbelieve that anyone who listens to the first cut on this cd,'Duke's Place' can possibly resist immediately buying a copy;I dig Louis Armstrong singing 'Duke's Place' even more than him singing 'What a Wonderful World.'And 'Duke's Place' is just the first take by the incredible Armstrong and Ellington;these cats throw in another 16 tunes-all masterpieces. ... Read more

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    16. Ain't Misbehavin' (1978 Original Broadway Cast)
    by RCA Victor Broadway
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
    list price: $24.98 -- our price: $22.99
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    Asin: B000002W45
    Sales Rank: 8483
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Cast Recording

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
    Very few revue shows are as satisfying as this one. I'm obsessed with the finale right now; can't get enough of it! The cast is stellar, and it's very obvious that each song is telling its own story. What makes it outstanding are the arrangements.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great, Late Nell Carter
    What a shame that Nell Carter didn't do more theater or sing more than she did. I would have loved to have seen and heard her do more. An incredible voice. How sad that she passed so young. I had the pleasure of meeting her and talking with her at length in 1984, and she was as warm and charming as could be. A lovely woman.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Broadway musical of 1978 - hand down!!!
    Fans of Fats Waller should all have this in their collection. The night I went to see the show was so close to what is on the CD - it's amazing. This CD allows me to re-live that magical evening.
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    17. 20th Century Piano Genius
    by Polygram Records
    Audio CD (30 July, 1996)
    list price: $22.98 -- our price: $19.99
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    Asin: B00000473S
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    For Art Tatum, the piano was a veritable playground, a forum for endless invention. His supreme command of the instrument and his unparalleled sense of timing and touch allowed him to seemingly accomplish whatever he wished. Songs were puzzles to be dismantled and reassembled; melody, harmony, and rhythm were merely variables in the never-ending creation process. This two-CD set collects all of the recordings Tatum made at two private parties hosted by Warner Bros. musical director Ray Heindorf; the bulk of the material comes from July 1955, the remainder is from April 1950. All of the trademark Tatum elements are here: the grand melodic flourishes, the harmonic magic tricks, the flirtations with various tempos and musical styles. But what also emerges is Tatum's effervescence, his joy, and his humor. He seems to celebrate and mock these timeless melodies all at once. Is that "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" hiding in "Body and Soul"? The results are always compelling and almost always thrilling to hear. You can hear his friends gasp and chuckle along with music, and you will too. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The magnificent reach
    In my jazz- listening days many years ago I came upon the work of Art Tatum, and was captivated by it. I simply felt it was the best. He played with such sweep and such lyrical freedom. The great standard numbers did not lose their identity in his playing but rather were expanded and enhanced. The sweep of the playing and the great feeling of joy and freedom it gave remain in my mind.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Hey Reviewer DG Your'e A PUTZ
    Trancendent.The Greatest Document Of Improvised(whether semi Prepared or not)Pianism(I.E.The Piano{for the Dunderheads}of the 20th Century.Period!DG,stick to your video game reviews!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!! Especially for all you piano junkies!
    I just received this double CD today and I am STILL CATCHING MY BREATH!This is my first Tatum CD and what an introduction it is, I cannot bring myself to press stop on the CD player, just let it play all day!
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    18. The Greatest Ragtime of the Century
    by Shout Factory
    Audio CD (10 June, 2003)
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    Asin: B00009PJST
    Sales Rank: 16085
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Ragtime of the Century
    What a terrific CD. What a joy to add to your life. Everyone should begin their day with this Great Ragtime.We would all be much better.
    5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction and sampling.
    Prior to this album, the only ragtime I really knew was "The Entertainer" and "Maple Leaf Rag". I don't know how this album fares for enthusiasts, but I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It introduced me to several different composers. The way the album is organized by giving you a two or three song block by each composer is good. As you listen to this, you can easily hear the different styles from one composer to another. As for the recording quality, I don't have any complaints whatsoever. Each note is clear without much noticable fuzz or hissing. The versions of Scott Joplin's songs are played a bit brash and speedy when compared to Joshua Rifkin, but I think they sound livlier because of it. Overall a solid release. ... Read more

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    19. Black Codes (From the Underground)
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    Asin: B000002640
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Much has been made of Wynton Marsalis's early-career emulation of the prefusion Miles Davis quintet, an obvious homage that only the most blinkered apologists have refused to ackowledge.Marsalis has accomplished so much on his own that the out-and-out tribute to the classic Davis lineup that "Black Codes..." represents should be seen as a positive step in the remarkable development of an artist rather than an act of fraud. This is sublime music by the first Marsalis quintet, led by Wynton on trumpet and featuring brother Branford on soprano and tenor sax, Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums, Charnett Moffet on bass and Kenny Kirkland on piano. All of these musicians would go on to greater heights, but they're in the zone here. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wynton's most important single album set
    Wynton Marsalis is so heavily documented and so heavily opinionated these days that it's difficult to assess his work fairly. For everyone who thinks he single-handedly saved acoustic jazz in the 80s, another will say he is killing its creativity and radical spirit in the 2000s. Certainly I've wavered on this issue over time. Whatever your opinion on Wynton, Black Codes is the strongest of his early albums, before he took to preserving the jazz tradition. More than any of the other albums Black Codes strives to advance it.
    3-0 out of 5 stars pretty good
    When I first played this I was reminded more of VSOP from the 70s than straight 60s Miles (there is an obvious chain there). Try VSOP "The Quintet."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not JUST Solid
    Honestly, even if this was a complete rip off of Miles' work, which it clearly isn't, the group is stunning enough. I mean, Joe Henderson made a TRIBUTE ALBUM to Miles and it also won two grammys (and pretty much deserved them), and no one gave him any problems. No one will doubt that this quintet with Branford, Wynton, Kenny Kirkland, Tain Watts, and Moffet, was one of the best of the 1980s, and this album, as I and most others contend, this is probably their definitive album.Yet, I don't think really think this was a homage album to Miles Davis. If it was, Wynton probably would have brought direct attention to it. Clearly, Wynton's trumpet playing is definitely influenced by Miles 1960s work, but not solely. Yet other than that, I really don't any real obvious similarities between 65-68 Miles Quintet and this work, and trust me, I know Miles' work from that period very well. Really, the only copying going on related to "Black Codes From the Underground" was by critics who didn't know any better than to call the album an advance in Miles' music if they liked Wynton, or to call it a rip off of Miles if they didn't like him. I think a lot of these critics were either jaded by the extremely rapid acoustic jazz revival of the 1980s, or just didn't know much about the musical details of jazz and made a swift, dumb assumption according to other critics' views. Trust me, this should be one of, if not your first Wynton album. It is a group of great improvisers and complete musicians at their tightest, and at least for me, evokes a great amount of emotion. Also, despite what some say, this is a highly creative effort. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Jazz Music    3. Neo-Bop    4. Pop    5. Post-Bop    6. Trumpet   


    20. 1949-1952
    by Melodie Jazz Classic
    Audio CD (22 April, 2003)
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    Asin: B00008NGD2
    Sales Rank: 3082
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    Subjects:  1. Boogie-Woogie    2. Jazz    3. Oldies    4. Piano Blues    5. Pop   


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