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  • Audio CD (25 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B000EJ9MYW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cristo Redentor - Donald Byrd
2. George's Dilemma - Clifford Brown/ Max Roach Quintet
3. Quiet Fire - Roy Haynes
4. Spirits Up Above - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
5. Moves - Charles Mingus
6. Autumn In New York Part One - Arthur Blythe
7. My Favourite Things - Mark Murphy
8. Five, Four and Three - Lee Konitz
9. Young Rabbits - The Jazz Crusaders
10. Anthenagin - Art Blakey
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Spirits In Transit - 4Hero
2. Inner City Life - Re:Jazz
3. Butterflies - Nikki O
4. Afro Blue - Jeffrey Smith
5. Into The Sun (KJM Edit) - Sleep Walker
6. One Day - Two Banks Of Four
7. Trading Eights - Five Corners Quintet
8. Breaking Away (Koop Remix) - Shaun Escoffery
9. Mother of the Future - Bembe Segue
10. Waltz For Goddess - Soil & Pimp Sessions
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R.O. P on 25 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I got this recently , and was impressed with the collections diversity. What more can you ask for compiled by two specialists in the genre of the jazzy dance .Veteran Giles Peterson and West Germany's finest mixmen Jazzanova.Side 1 is more traditional with classics including Donald Byrd, Roy Haines,Mark Murphy to John Coltrane, this is classic Giles Peterson's colection. Disc 2 is Jazzanova's cutting edge choice of nu jazz grooves remaining pretty cool sleek and downtempoe with choice offerings featuring Two Banks and four a classic from japan's UFO and 4 hero offering my favourites. Whatever your choice of jazz there should be something here for you whether it's the grooves and base of Roy Haines , or the seductive Horns of Coltranes Equinox or the laid back jazz electronica of 4 hero. Even if you are one of these people who instantly say. I DON'T LIKE JAZZ !because if that's the case I'm sure you'll be crossing over once you've heard this collection of kings.Forget the dodgy CD cover just listen to the content.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Shine VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2010
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As the name of this compilation suggests what we have here is a collection of some of the great jazz numbers. However, this is none of your lounge jazz, Rat Pack sing-along junk, this is intelligent, boundary breaking jazz as chosen by world music connoisseur Gilles Peterson and Nu-Jazz pioneers Jazzanova.
Peterson takes the first disc, which puts together a raft of older jazz numbers. Highlights are the multi-instrumental Charles Mingus' "Moves" and Arthur Blythe's "Autumn in New York", as well as the ever reliable John Coltrane's "Equinox".
The second disc is compiled by Jazzanova and provides an overlook of the Nu-Jazz genre that they themselves are a part of. It begins with the founding fathers of Nu-Jazz, 4 Hero, who melded modern soul and jazz together so iconoclastically on their "Two Pages" album in 1998. Their "Spirits in Transit" track - from that album - still sounds fresh today.
However, the highlight of this disc is Two Banks of Four's "One Day", an spiralling trumpet led free jazz epic that draws more heavily on traditional jazz roots than most of the other tracks here. Bembe Segue's "Mother of the Future", a more lively, samba infused number, is another high point.
It's all capped off with a track from another defining act of 21st century jazz, Matthew Herbert, and his big band's "Everything's Changed". While his big band material reverts to more standard sounding jazz, it is Herbert's inventiveness and openness to change, experimentation and not simply blurring genres but actively ignoring them, that defines the modern day jazz across this disc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. I. Edwards on 25 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This double CD compilation is one of the best purchases you will ever make. The first CD sees Gilles Peterson doing what he does best and digging through his extensive record collection in order to route out some sensational Jazz classics in the History section of the compilation Cristo Redentor by Donald Byrd starts the compilation with some lovely harmonies progressing into some classic Mingus and Coltrane. The second of the two parts is Compiled by Jazzanova and features songs from "The Present" kicking off with the beautiful sounds of 4hero and also featuring a live rendition of Bembe Segue's "Mother Of The Future".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dusting off those heavyweight jazz obsure classics.... 10 Mar. 2007
By joemacktheknife - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Gilles Peterson digs out obscure gems from well-known jazz masters and Jazzanova get to play with contemporary forces.

If there is any danger of exhaustion from being asked to dig in those crates so often and for so many labels, there is no sign of it here. Gilles has chosen this time to favour the bigger names over the more obscure artists and chosen tracks from Coltrane, Blakey, Evans, Mingus and more.

His side opens with the ephemeral "Christo Redentor" from soul jazz supreme Donald Byrd. Avant-garde gospel meets Ennio Morricone.

We appear to be on more familiar ground with the next track: a mid-sixties Blue Note groover. Except that it isn't, it's Clifford Brown and Max Roach back in 1955, laying down some funky grooves that would turn out to be years ahead of their time.

Gilles has dusted off those Dingwalls jazz sides (or does anyone remember those Saturday afternoon shows on Jazz FM?) and this time filtered off some of the best known names in modern jazz for his contribution to the Kings of... series.

Expect crashing piano solos, crackling percussion and all the accoutrements of a damn fine jazz dance selection. And being jazz dance, there is an obligatory nod to Mark Murphy "My Favourite Things" and a higher than usual incidence of jazz vocal tracks that make the cut.

The thought of Gilles' less jazz-literate fans coming across giants like Coltrane (here represented by the heavyweight choice "Equinox"), Mingus ("Moves") and Bill Evans ("Peace Piece") is an exciting one.

Jazzanova landed the task of choosing from more contemporary sources; a baker's dozen of tracks representing these more broken times. Current big noises like The Matthew Herbert Big Band are there, as are long-time big names on the scene: Two Banks of Four and 4 Hero.

Jazzanova had the luxury of being able to call on many of the artists and elicit exclusive remixes and interpretations of tracks. They have chosen wisely and widely. Their choices cross continents (all populated ones at least) and genres effortlessly demonstrating once again that jazz is not dead, it has just moved house.

Although I am not averse to a spot of nostalgia (like hearing UFO's "Loud Minority" again, it is the fresh Afro-tinged jazz tracks that grabbed me most including possibly the definitive vocal version of "Afro Blue" by Jeffrey Smith - an epic track boldly re-interpreted.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A tour through jazz 25 Jan. 2008
By C. W. Hall - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Kings of Jazz is a study in jazz musicology. Jazzanova picks out some of their favorite jazz-infused contemporary material for one disc and Gilles Peterson time travels from the `50s to the `80s chronicling some of his classic jazz favorites for the other. Jazzanova essentially shows us where jazz is while Gilles shows us a bit about where it's come from.

Perhaps surprisingly for the guy who recently did the Digs America compilation, Gilles doesn't make any incredibly obscure choices. His disc consists of mostly familiar names doing mostly familiar material.

There's the well-known rhythm of "Quiet Fire" by Roy Haynes. There's the moving hymnal sound of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above." There's Coltrane's sax getting a case of the blues on "Equinox." There's Blakey, Mingus, The Jazz Crusaders, and more. The most obscure name is a personal favorite of Gilles. And Mark Murphy's version of "My Favorite Things" hangs right in there with the more exalted names on this side. Gilles provides a beautiful primer on historic jazz.

Jazzanova on the other hand take a look at the various incarnations which jazz is morphing into today. There are fairly straightforward modern jazz songs like Nikki O's "Butterfly" and "Everything's Changed" by The Matthew Herbert Big Band. There are milestone songs that have carved out new niches in the jazz landscape such as 4 Hero's "Spirits in Transit". And then there is my personal favorite, a live version of Bembe Segue's "Mother of the Future."

As you get into the second half of Jazzanova's selections, the disc gets a more electronic feel. Before getting to the latin flavor of Hedvig Hanson's "Afro White", the last four tunes by Two Banks of Four, Rima, Innerzone Orchestra, and Carlo Fashion respectively are all heavily electro-jazz.

As a whole, The Kings of Jazz gives you a wonderful look at the vibrant progression of a genre that many mainstream listeners think of as dying. Gilles and Jazzanova succeed in showing that while jazz is changing, it is very much alive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great starting point!! 23 Jun. 2012
By Safiee - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm a jazz newbie, i know what i like when i hear it, so i'm not even going to try comment on the technicalities of the selection here. This is a 2 cd set! I bought this cd based on my love for the 2 compilers, Gilles Peterson and Jazzanova. They have made world, dance and jazz music accessible and introduced me to some great music. I am very happy with this purchase, the track listing provided here is missing some songs, refer to the cd itself for full track listings. Don't let the 2nd cd (modern jazz hybrids) deter you from getting this. It is just as good if not better than the 1st cd (old, classic jazz). Sure it's not pure jazz, but it's interesting and has jazzy elements. Jazz connosseuirs might skip this, understandably so, but for a newbie, this is an easy transition into the jazz genre.
Absolutely smokin' music! Absolutely 16 Jan. 2015
By CoCo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great, Great, Great! There's a piece on here by Sarah Vaughn that will bring tears to your eyes--seriously! Great music--the whole doggone CD!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
From classic true jazz to jazz-infuenced futurisms... 26 April 2006
By Jennifer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Here's what my reviewer Kris had to say for
From classic true jazz to jazz-infuenced futurisms, this two disc set brings us "The History" and "The Present" of jazz. Helping to filter out some worthy tracks from jazz's extensive history is Gilles Peterson, whose selections on "The History" disc include Rashaan Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above," a kind of funky sung jazz band number that halfway makes me think of the "Hair" musical; lonely, rainy night brass jazz with delicious vocals both male and female on Charles Mingus' "Moves"; the jazz classicism of Mark Murphy's "My Favorite Things," putting to shame Julie Andrew's version; the hip smoothness of John coltrane on "Equinox." Others on disc one include Roy Haynes, Randy Weston, Art Blakely, The Jazz Crusaders, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans. The second disc explores more modernistic modes, touching on music that may not seem like jazz - in some cases - but is definitely endowed with roots in jazz. Examine the sexy soul jazz-it-up of Nikki O's "Butterflies" or the funktified kickalong of "Mother of the Future" by Bembe Segue. You can immerse yourself in the dark, almost foreboding sound of Two Banks of Four performing "Two Miles Before Dawn." You can even enter electronic chillout territory with "At Les" by the Innerzone Orchestra. Others on this disc are 4 Hero, The Matthew Herbert Big Band feat. Jamie Lidell, Pavel Kostiuk feat. Vanessa Freeman, Rima feat. Ian O'Brien, Carlo Fashion and Hedvig Hanson. These "Present" selections were made by the Jazzanova collective. All told this is a wonderful exploration of jazz and jazz offshoots, boasting an eclectic (for sure) batch of tracks, a selection of smart, alluring music to drift through for a while.
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