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Pure... Jazz [Digipak]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. So What - Miles Davis
    2. Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong
    3. Brooklyn Bridge, The - Frank Sinatra
    4. I'm a Fool to Want You - Billie Holiday
    5. After All - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra/Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
    6. I Cover the Waterfront - Bud Powell Trio
    7. What Is There to Say? - Gerry Mulligan
    8. Bluesette - Toots Thielemans
    9. Expectations - Keith Jarrett
    10. Heart of Gold - Ellis Marsalis
    11. Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans
    12. Ponteio - Astrud Gilberto/Stanley Turrentine
    13. Somebody Stole My Gal - Jimmy Rushing
    14. Bryant's Folly - Ray Bryant
    15. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl - Nina Simone
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Take Five - Dave Brubeck
    2. "In" Crowd, The - Ramsey Lewis
    3. It's You or No One - Art Blakey
    4. Without a Song - Sonny Rollins
    5. Four Brothers - Four Brothers/The Four Brothers
    6. Girl from Ipanema, The - Charlie Byrd
    7. One O'Clock Jump - Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan
    8. Cheek to Cheek - Count Basie & His Orchestra
    9. Silver's Blue - Horace Silver
    10. Summertime - Sarah Vaughan
    11. Stormy Weather - Lena Horne
    12. Very Thought of You, The - Johnny Hodges
    13. Girl Talk - Neal Hefti Chorus & Orchestra/Neal Hefti
    14. Me and You
    15. I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus
    2. Over the Rainbow - Chet Baker
    3. Let's Fall in Love - Ray Bryant/Betty Carter
    4. There Will Never Be Another You - Billy Hays And His Orchestra/Coleman Hawkins
    5. Heart and Soul - Helen Ward/Larry Clinton & His Orchestra
    6. My Heart Stood Still - Oscar Peterson Trio
    7. 'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk
    8. Gutbucket Steepy - Branford Marsalis
    9. When Love Has Grown - George Benson
    10. Blue Serge - Stan Getz
    11. Embarcadero - Jim Hall/Paul Desmond
    12. I've Got You Under My Skin - Mel Torm
    13. Blue Trombone - J.J. Johnson
    14. Swing Is Here - Gene Krupa's All-Star Swing Band
    15. Get Happy - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Meeting of the Spirits - Mahavishnu Orchestra
    2. Birdland - Weather Report
    3. Angel - Gil Evans
    4. Law Years - Ornette Coleman
    5. Moontrane, The - Dexter Gordon
    6. Cuna, La - Ray Barretto
    7. Sky Dive - Freddie Hubbard
    8. My Foolish Heart - John McLaughlin
    9. Continuum - Jaco Pastorius
    10. Vera Cruz - Stanley Turrentine
    11. Expansions - Lonnie Liston Smith
    12. Dancing on Air - Jack Bruce
    13. Race with the Devil on Spanish Highway - Al di Meola
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 88697753042

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    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 Torm! 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." ~ Thom Jurek

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