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The Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve 1944-1949 Box set, Import

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00000DC5E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 18 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
What a great and diverse collection...
Freely mixing swing, mainstream and bebop, JATP is showcase for Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson,Illinois Jacquet,Hank Jones,
Les Paul, Nat King Cole, Slam Stewart,Flip Phillips, Tommy Turk (the trombone player), Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Shavers...
With special guest appearances by Mary Lou Williams, Marjorie Hyams...

I wn a bit cheaper version of the box with (from what I can gather), same music, different cover art and, probably, slimmer booklet. I swear, some of these solos are among the best from these cats I've heard so far! Get it if you can.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Relive the excitement of the All Star concerts! 23 Dec 1998
By Lonson E. Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This voluminous set reissues all the remaining recordings of the Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts produced by Norman Granz during the period 1944 to 1949.
There are previously issued and previously unissued performances here. Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Illinois Jacquett are heavily featured on tenor sax. Also making many appearances are the lesser known Howard McGhee and Kenny Kersey. Many other 'forties jazz stars are present, including Les Paul, Meade Lux Lewis, Charlie Parker, J. J. Johnson, Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge and Mel Powell. Sure the JATP became formulaic over time, but those performance captured here are exciting and stimulating. I especially enjoy the unissued sides by Lester Young here, and the many appearances on drums of his lesser-known brother, Lee Young.
The sound is excellently remastered. A few selections are from very poor source material, but overall the sound is dynamic and vivid. The lengthy booklet is informative and fun. And have you ever seen a box set that came with a minature sidewalk marquee before? Do you think you will again?
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive, and a good representation of 1940's Jazz 9 Jan 2004
By Brother Hamza Philip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to thank my father for introducing me to Jazz when I was 5 or 6 years. He got my interest by playing some of the recordings that are contained in this CD box set. Included are the classic volumes that were originally released on labels such as Norgran and Clef. Also included are unreleased concerts, and although the recording quality sometimes suffers, those concerts are still quite enjoyable.
From the very beginning, Norman Granz always hired the brightest of Jazz stars for his concerts. Some reviewers in past years have complained that, by mixing swing musicians and boppers, sometimes the chemistry suffers. But when one listens, for example, to the 1949 Carnegie Hall concert, even when trombonist Tommy Turk is followed by Charlie "Bird" Parker, or when bebop trumpeter Howard McGhee is sandwiched between the cooking (as illustrated by a stove on an original David Stone Martin album cover included in the box) tenor saxes of Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet at the 1947 Carnegie Hall session, nothing seems out of place. In fact, the riffing brings the temperature up a few more degrees.
Speaking of the 1947 Carnegie Hall set, we heard "Perdido" and "Mordido" on the VSP (Verve Special Products) cutout label in the middle 1960's. Another album in the VSP series had "I Can't Get Started" along with the 1947 versions of "How High the Moon" and "Bellboy Blues". Since we only had a few of the VSP albums, I didn't even know about "Endido" until I had a conversation with another collector in the middle 70's. I had to wait until the release of this box set to finally hear Endido, over 20 years later. I'm certain my experience is not unique, so the release of this box set will help others who have been searching for their favorite JATP set.
Included in the box is a book with photos, lists of concert dates, and notes about these recordings. At first, I thought this box set was a bit pricey (for 10 CDs), but afterwards I realized the box set is well worth the almost-$200 list price. For those who are more casual fans of Norman Granz' JATP, one might purchase instead the "Best of" CD "sampler" which contains selections from the box, including favorites such as the 1947 "Perdido", 1946 "Philharmonic Blues", the 1946 "Oh, Lady Be Good" with the classic Bird solo, and Ella Fitgerald and the JATP All-Stars on the 1949 "Flying Home", along with other selections. Some of the concerts (such as the 1944 sets with Nat King Cole, Les Paul, J. J. Johnson and Illinois Jacquet) are available for purchase separately. And, like the back cover of the classic albums declared, "produced under the personnel supervision of Norman Granz", so you know you won't be disappointed!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Call it whatever - it's still LIVE and HISTORY 9 Sep 2003
By "douglasnegley" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Norman Grantz took a whole lot of crap (especially in the later years) for what some have called "a travelling jazz circus". Thank God he had the foresight (or business acumen) to record these. Some of the best, once-in-a-lifetime moments were caught for posterity in these jams. Looking over the years that have been picked for re-issue (not just this set, but all of the JATP re-issues), I was struck by the inclusion of the 1952 tour, taken not form the Carnegie Hall concert, which I have on LP box set ("JATP VOL #8), but in Frankfurt. Looking at the tracks, I can't help but wonder why. The '52 Carnegie Hall concert was INCREDIBLE...especially the Oscar Peterson Trio. Perhaps because there was no way to keep Oscar's trademark 'growl-singing' along with his playing from being right there with the rest of the band, it was excluded from consideration; but there are other magical moments as well: the "Opening Jam, with Oscar, Flip Phillips, Charlie Shavers, a very "on" Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Barney Kessell, Buddy Rich...and the crowd is as much a player as the players! Man, oh, man. Also there was the Gene Krupa Trio - Gene, Willie Smith, and Hank Jones. Willie Smith may be one of the most underrated saxmen ever. And, this was the first time Rich and Krupa shared the same stage, and "The Drum Battle" is ALL that. For whatever reason, this is not on CD. But, these 40s classics are, and they are worth getting for a glimpse of Jazz History.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Wish you were there. 14 Nov 2000
By Craig Pinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever heard something that so totally convinced you that you were born to late? That was what I felt like upon hearing these incredible sets for the first time. This is truly one of the greatest box sets ever. While Norman Granz is many things to many people, some not so good, the inescapable fact here is the man knew how to assemble talent, and how to get it out to the public.
This could be parralelled to being a early day Woodstock, only on a travelling road show format, in that the giants were assembled, giving a stage and an audience, and told to let it go.The results can be heard here on every disc. From the uncontrolled jams of Illinis Jacquet, J.J. Johnson, and Charlie Parker, the story songs of Slim Gaillard, to the smokey emotive singing of Lady Day, this set encompasses them all.
While the size and price may scare off some, this is jazz at it`s wildest and well worth the price,and Norm Granz should be thanked for putting these roadshows together and for fighting to be able to bring these incredible musicians to the public stage, despite having the racial norms of the day putting up roadblocks in almost evey town, North, South , and even on the West Coast. This is a remarkable piece of history, with remarkable music.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Just as I remember 11 April 2003
By The Professor Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One thing about being old is that you've had a chance to hear the "live concert" when it WAS live. I went to several of JAP's concerts, saw Ella, Lester, and so many in the "Hall of Fame" that SHOULD be. This was music that bridged dixieland (my favorite) and modern (Ugh). This set is unique--it has the timing faults of live real jazz (not off sheet music). One thing is FOR SURE, there is ABSOUTELY NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT. So, don't try to like everything, only the ignorant do, just glory in MOST of it, because if you really care that much recut it. Just GET IT, not as I failed to do the first time out and though I'd lost a chance forever--thank you God for giving me a second chance!
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