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The Complete American Masters 1931-1953 Box set

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  • Audio CD (28 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B005NNJKKK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Eldicott on 24 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Here are the master takes of all the issued american studio recordings in which Bechet appears between august 1934 and october 1953, in chronological sequence (surely the way all jazz should be issued on CD). There appears to be a few omissions: "the old ark is moverin'" from august 1934; "that's what love did to me", "i wonder who made rhythm" & "i take to you" from march 1936. Pity. The first disc contains a selection of earlier titles dating back to 1923 ("selection" means that these are not necessarily full sessions) and the last disc has some air shots and a bunch of private recordings from 1939/40. Will it fit your shelf? The 14 discs fit in 7 stout double cardboard folders, held with a booklet in a box, whose width is equivalent to about 5 standard jewel cases and is 19cm high (to accommodate the booklet).The booklet is a neat job, 62 pages with several photos, an essay on Bechet's recording history and full discographical information, except the take nos. are omitted from some tracks (does "master" always mean the first take?)(14 pages are in french). I do not have the ear or equipment to comment on the audio quality, it sounds good to me, if a trifle muted; there is no mention of remastering. Mention should be made of the price: 14 discs with 313 tracks and a booklet for £30. Good music well presented at a cracking price. What more could you want?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert A. Low on 26 Aug. 2012
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There is little to say about the genius of Sidney Bechet that has not been said many times before. He was the equal of Louis Armstrong in his remarkable improvisational gift, but less well recognised by the general public, probably because he lacked Armstrong's natural flair as an all round entertainer. Bechet, by all accounts, was a far pricklier customer. When musical tastes turned against his style of traditional Jazz, and he found it harder to get work, rather that adapting his musical approach, he gave up playing music professionally all together, opening a tailors and dry-cleaning business in Harlem. He then was re-discovered in the forties, and enjoyed great and well deserved acclaim, eventually settling in France.

This set of 14 cds-at an incredible bargain price- is an absolutely indispensable purchase for anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of this wonderful musician-''the Jazz Wizard'', as his biographer John Chilton dubbed him. I'm not enough of an expert on Bechet's discography to comment on just how ''complete''it actually is, but it seems to cover fairly comprehensively the entire career of this incredible musician, from his earliest recordings of the 1920s, through to his Indian Summer recordings with the legendary Blue Note records of the 1950s. I've now listened to all of the discs, and there are treasures to be found on each and every one of them, culminating in some rare live and privately made recordings on the final disc. Throughout it all, fresh and exciting melodies seem to pour effortlessly from Bechet's clarinet, and saxophone, whatever the era, the musical company, or the material. The re-mastering is also first rate.What else can I say-it's a must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trottman on 28 Jan. 2014
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Certain reviewers have praised the musical contents of this large box-set while others have found fault with the packaging. Apart from some insipid vocals there is much enjoyable listening but potential purchasers should be aware of one very serious flaw for disc number 12 is a rogue. Despite carrying the right description the CD does not contain any music by Bechet and as far as I can judge is a recording by a French rock singer. The disc has no jazz content. Proof is provided by the product for there are 21 tunes on the disc whereas 24 are listed in the booklet. I suspect that it is a case of too hurried production methods. It is particularly unfortunate for this CD should contain the highly regarded recordings with Bechet in partnership with Bob Wilber and Wild Bill Davidson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Clowes on 20 Dec. 2012
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The title could just as well be The Complete American MASTER...Beautifully produced;boxed with an excellent booklet,photos, essay, all recording detais.Satisfactory sound quality.Many tracks have appeared over the years in various forms but this really is complete and chronological
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Soluble on 19 Sept. 2012
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I'm in the strange position of not being able to recommend this boxed set, despite the music being excellent and the sound reproduction being very good, given its vintage. It is also a very complete collection.

However, the CDs are presented loose, in cardboard sleeves, inside a large box resembling a shoe box. They are vaguely kept in place by folded black paper shoulders. The box is 19.2cm tall x 14.6cm wide x 5.8cm deep. It is therefore bigger than my edition of Dickens' novel Nicholas Nickelby. (More up-to-date readers may wish to compare it to Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy). The box is this size, it appears, to take the booklet that comes with it. But I see no reason at all for that booklet to be the size it is. There are some nice full-page photo plates, but they would have been nice plates at CD cover size. I have no quarrel with the information in the booklet, and the session information is full and informative.

However, as it is, I have a box that does not fit on my CD shelves. It sits on my bookshelves with the Charlie Parker box, "Bird", from the same series ordered at the same time.

I don't find this very convenient, and I'm not sure why Decca wants to make CDs a less convenient product at the very time when many people (we are told) find CDs so inconvenient they'd rather not buy them. I will always want a library of the physical product, rather than owning only computer files, but in this case I may well resort to disposing of the box and putting the bare sleeves (devoid though they are of character and information) in my CD shelves.

I won't be ordering more from this series, and I'll be checking for dimensions before ordering any further boxed sets!
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