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The Centennial Collection [Artie Shaw]

  • 1. Begin the Benguine
    2. Any Old Time
    3. Back Bay Shuffle
    4. Nightmare
    5. Say It With a Kiss
    6. Traffic Jam
    7. Frenesi
    8. Man I Love, The
    9. Summit Ridge Drive
    10. Carioca
    11. Star Dust
    12. Man From Mars, The
    13. Evensong
    14. Suite #8
    15. Summertime
    16. Nobody Know the Trouble I've Seen
    17. Concerto For Clarinet, Parts 1 and 2
    18. There'll Be Some Changes Made
    19. Grabtown Grapple, The
    20. Everything Is Jumpin'
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 60092

  • Credits

    This release includes a bonus DVD featuring movie clips, live interview footage, an a short film entitled ARTIE'S CLASS IN SWING.
    Personnel: Artie Shaw (clarinet); Helen Forrest, Billie Holiday (vocals); Georgie Auld (tenor saxophone); Hot Lips Page, Roy Eldridge, Billy Butterfield (trumpet); George Arus (trombone); Johnny Guarnieri (harpsichord); Buddy Rich (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Dick Sudhalter.
    After Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw was the premiere swing clarinetist, and his fine compositions, sweet tone, and mastery of the instrument's high register hold him in good stead against "the King of Swing." THE CENTENNIAL COLLECTION brings together 20 Shaw selections, eight of which are taken from late-1930s and early-'40s radio broadcasts. The broadcast recordings are preferable, as they are from live dates, with a looser, more immediate feel than the band was able to achieve in the studio. Shaw's wildly successful take on "Begin the Beguine" is a good example; it replicates the studio version melodically, but cooks with a smooth, intense energy.
    Gems abound in treatments of traditional songs ("Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen"), jazz standards ("Summertime"), and Shaw's own material ("Nightmare"). There are some wonderful surprises tucked into the set, such as Billy Holiday's vocal on the Shaw-penned "Any Old Time," and two cuts featuring Shaw's smaller ensemble, the Gramercy 5. The leader's string-sweetened version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Star Dust"--superbly arranged, with a lilting, high-register solo from Shaw--is one of the definitive takes on the tune. A bonus DVD featuring an interview and motion-picture excerpts of Shaw's band puts the ribbon on this fine package.

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