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The Golden Age Of American Popular Music: The Jazz Hits From The Hot 100: 1958-1966 [CD]

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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B000A1QKQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
2. Yeh, Yeh! - Mongo Santamaria
3. Comin' Home Baby - Mel Torme
4. Desafinado - Stan Getz
5. Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro) - Cal Tjader
6. Like Young - André Previn
7. Walk On The Wild Side (Parts 1 & 2) - Jimmy Smith And The Big Band
8. Take Five - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
9. The Sidewinder (Part1) - Lee Morgan
10. The Swingin' Shepherd Blues - Moe Koffman Quartette
11. The 'In' Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio
12. Cast Your Fate to the Wind - Otis,Johnny
13. African Waltz - Johnny Dankworth
14. The Girl from Ipanema - Stan Getz
15. Misty - Richard 'Groove' Holmes
16. Shake A Lady - Ray Bryant
17. Exodus - Eddie Harris
18. Wack Wack - The Young Holt Trio
19. The Shampoo - Les McCann
20. The Greasy Spoon - Hank Marr
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* The Golden Age Of American Popular Music is fast-becoming as successful series as the Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll. This spin-off from the main series is a collection of Jazz Hits from the core years of 1958-1966.

* Amazingly, no one has gathered together these hits on one CD before. Ace are the first to approach it unashamedly from a pop angle eschewing the consciously hip considerations that normally weigh down most jazz compilations.

* The brief has been slightly widened to include some hits from Billboard's "Bubbling Under" chart that was published as an adjunct to the Hot 100 in these years. However the genre was popular enough for us to include 15 Top 30 hits.

* Although some of the titles will be familiar to pop fans such as Dave Brubeck's `Take Five' or `The Girl From Ipanema' by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, as ever these are leavened by the much less familiar and sometimes quite rare. Ace have also insisted on the single versions of the tracks, which haven't been available elsewhere, such as Watermelon Man and The Sidewinder.

* The usual superb quality sound and lavishly illustrated booklet rounds off this release.

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CD .. Popular Music, Jazz Hits From The Hot 100 - 1958-196

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool as a mountain stream 4 July 2008
By Richard
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Until now there's never been a comprehensive collection of what were the singles hits in Jazz in the 60s.It's a fascinating backwater of American popular music which began with the Dave Brubeck Quartet who put 5 titles on the top 100 with Take 5 as the biggest-and with music already about 3 years old.
Possibly it began with the British-Chris Barber had a couple of hit singles in 1959 and was followed up to 1962 with Kenny Ball,Acker Bilk and Victor Feldman-whose groovy version of A taste of honey has never been made available on CD until now-this was recorded in the States at the same time as the vocal version by Lenny Welch.
Another British item here is Johnny Dankworth's African Waltz which only bubbled under but other versions did nothing.
The 1958 Swingin' Shepherd Blues by the Moe Koffman Quartet is a one off classic which was covered in the U K by the Ted Heath Band and this track is also on one of the Golden Age of Instrumentals so it passes as either jazz or rock'n'roll.
Also from 1958-and another repeat from the G A of Is is Cozy Cole's Topsy,the first drums hit just before Sandy Nelson took the entire field over.
1962 was the Bossa Nova era which saw Stan Getz with a hit single in Desafinado and 2 years later backing Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto on The girl from Ipanema.And the year of the Vince Guaraldi Trio whose Cast your fate to the wind was to become even bigger with the British version by Sounds Orchestral in the mid 60s.
As this collection is called The Jazz Hits its not all instrumental as it includes Mel Torme's version of Comin' Home Baby but its only jazz because the tune started off as a jazz instrumental-its equally R & B as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing compilation 16 Oct 2011
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I first heard this on an Irish radio station RTE Lyric FM where they play the most fantastic eclectic music.I just love this CD. If you love jazz you'll love this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful compilation but check the tracks 28 Sep 2008
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This is a very useful compilation of tracks that date from what was for many of us a golden era. Many of the tracks gave me that 'Ah!' of nostalgic recognition that reminded me of setting out for the evening with a 'cool' short haircut and a fresh pack of cigarettes in my pocket! However, listening to the whole album I found that the mix of jazz styles became, well, sort of indigestible. I have never found that with the 'pop' albums in this series so perhaps its just a jazz thing. I would certainly suggest that you check whether there are enough tracks that you really want before you buy because I am finding that the unwanted tracks do not 'grow on me'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz goes pop 12 Jun 2009
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Can't argue with the previous reviews. This CD is great value for money and brings back many memories. Indeed, during the 1960s I remember collecting many jazz tracks on 45 singles. Apart from those on this issue I had records by Weather Report, Mose Allison, Ray Bryant ("Up above the rock"), Tab Smith ("Jumptime" + "Rock City") Elmer Bernstein ("The Jazz At Waldos" a super "B" side to the "Johnny Staccato Theme"),Stan Getz, Dudley Moore,the Buddy Rich band playing "Norwegian Wood" (pretty sure it was a different version to that which appeared on CD) and Woody Herman ("Light My Fire" + "Hush").
I thoroughly enjoyed the CD under review. The only track I did not like was "Topsy II" by Cozy Cole which, ironically, was the highest placed Top 100 record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leave It To Ace 6 Aug 2008
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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Jazz, in all its forms, was never a genre to have a selection routinely make an appearance in the Billboard Pop Hot 100, unlike Country and R&B which boasted frequent cross-overs. But every now and then a pure jazz tune would not only enter the Hot 100, but in a few instances climb well up those charts. As a collector of hit singles I always wondered why no distributor had ever tried to gather a bunch together in one compilation.

I need wonder no longer as Ace of London has come up with this entry in their Golden Age Of American Popular Music spin-off series from the excellent Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll volumes. As usual, the sound is immaculate and the volume accompanied by the most comprehensive liner notes you will ever see, some 23 pages written by Rob Finnis. Sprinkled throughout are photos of the actual 45's from Verve, Blue Note, London Atlantic, MGM, Chess, Vocalion, Coral, Pacific Jazz, King, Tuba and Josie, as well as many vintage posters.

Artist pictures include Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Hancock, André Previn, Jimmy Smith. Moe Koffman, Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, "Groove" Holmes, Les McCann, Jimmy McGriff, Cozy Cole and, on the last oage, a nice shot of Cal Tjader. The reverse of the CD provides a complete discography of the contents.

If there's a criticism (and it's a minor one) it was the inclusion of tunes that fell outside the sub-title "The Jazz Hits From The Hot 100 1958-1966." These, instead, only managed to creep into the adjunct Hot 100 "Bubble Under" charts: Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock (although Herbie Wrote it and recorded it first, the hit versions belonged to The Mongo Santamaria Band in 1963 and Gloria Lynne in 1965); African Waltz by alto saxophonist Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra (the hit version was by "Cannonball" Adderley in 1961); Shake A Lady by jazz pianist Ray Bryant; The Shampoo by keyboardist Les McCann; and The Greasy Spoon by organist Hank Marr.

Better options might have been Petite Fleur by The Chris Barber Jazz Band (# 5 in early 1959), Cloud Nine by The Mongo Santamaria Band (# 32 in 1969) and, had they extended the scope to include 1956, these jazz gems: April In Paris by Count Basie (# 28), Main Title - Golden Arm by Les Elgart & His Orchestra (# 56), and Experiments With Mice by Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra (# 61). But, as I say, that's a minor quibble, for what is here not only includes some of the very best jazz tunes to make the Hot 100, but several lower-range hits previously impossible to find in a quality CD.

In this category I would include: Dawn by organist David Rockingham & His Trio (# 62 Dec 1963); A Taste Of Honey by pianist David Feldman & His Quintet (# 88 Sept 1962); The Loop by vibraphonist Johnny Lytle (# 80 Feb 1966); Misty by organist Richard "Groove" Holmes (# 44 July 1966); The Sidewinder Part 1 by trumpeter Lee Morgan (# 81 Dec 1964/Jan 1965); and Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro) by Latin jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader (# 88 summer 1965).

The rest really need no introduction to fans and collectors, but rest assured, if you are unfamiliar with the titles but remain curious as to why they might have been so popular, a listen will resolve that and the liner notes not only fill you in on pertinent details, but also provide numerous vintage photos as only Ace can do it. Another jewel in their vast collection of material. Here's hoping for a volume 2.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's on ACE, UK, so it is as good as it gets. 10 Sep 2008
By Etoy Filpots - Published on Amazon.com
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As usual Ace does a superior job of collecting the best versions, jazz this time, that made the cut to the pop charts,I would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the fact that I already have most of these songs on CD.Many times I buy a CD for one or two cuts, songs that I have been searching for for 20 years or more. The mind blower on this compilation is the never before on CD, A Taste of Honey by Victor Feldman. This was a minor hit in August of 1962 and in my opinion, the best version of the song which is saying a lot because the version by Martin Denny was incredible also.

Most the other songs are also great, the original recordings and the cleanest versions available. That is what ACE does, all of the time.
I own over 200 Ace CDs, not one loser among them.

Paul Goddard
Former bass player for ARS
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another reason ace is simply the best 1 Sep 2008
By Steven A. Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for another copy of Like Young by Andre Previn for almost fifty years. I had the original MGM single from 1959, and was possibly the only thirteen year old on the planet that had it. The inclusion of it on this disc is amazing. Never mind the other treasures, this one is for all discerning ears and minds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you so much, again, ACE! 24 July 2010
By Martijn13Maart1970 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was happy to see that after issuing the 50s and 60s pop and instrumental music compilations, Ace did not overlook Jazz. But there is a lot of Jazz around, so why choose this Cd? Simple: ACE is the best of the best, only equaled sometimes by Eric Records. So that is why I have almost all ACE compilation Cd's. What makes this label stand out?
1) Every single compilation they release lives up to the title, because the songs really represent what the Cd cover states. We all know that wonderful feeling to hear a song again we were looking for, or hear something new but wonderful, thinking; yes this is exactly what I hoped this Cd would contain. Ace has given me that listening enjoyment on every compilation I have bought from them.
2) You get truly rare songs, some never before issued on Cd.
3) There are always many tracks on the CD, unlike Time Life or Rhino or some other reissue labels, that give you 58 minutes or so.
4) All tracks are in good, to best, sound quality.
5) And then last but not least the booklet, that is the best I have seen anywhere: packed with background information about the style of that particular music, the artists, the particular tracks.
This Cd was no exception. Great!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior jazz & swing 6 Sep 2009
By Albert E. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a jazz or swing fan, this album is superior. You will play it over and over again. The quality of these 4 CD's and the skill of the artists will give you many hours of listening pleasure.
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