20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2012
At this price I wasn't sure what to expect, but the sound quality is fine. The mix of to me familiar and not so familiar tracks works well. And it's good for lazy people who fancy a change of artist in mid-album but can't be bothered to change CDs. This set has also given me an opportunity to listen properly, as opposed to on radio or ancient cassette tapes, to artists like Tal Farlow or Donald Byrd, whose albums I've never got round to buying.
Highly recommended, as the first reviewer has said, and not just to beginning jazz fans.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
8 CDs of great music documented with a very detailed booklet make this a wonderful introduction to a very productive period in jazz history. The source LP for each track is given so you can explore your favourite tracks further. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2014
I am nearing retirement and now have time to start reviewing the music (among other things) which have influenced my life. I have been following jazz, on and off, since I heard it on the radio in the mid fifties. Finding this selection has brought back happy memories of my introduction to the various styles.
For me the selection is an excellent balance and complements the rest of my collection. There are few repeats, despite the fact that I have some 10,000 tracks in my library. The fifities represented a time when the life in general changed. People began to have more leisure time and music was a common form of relaxation. There was AM radio with its inherently bad reception and small frequency range, but it enabled an escape. Vinyl records began to become available (and affordable) and slowly, but surely the age of listening to music was born.
To me it is fantastic that I can now listen to my music anywhere and the quality is excellent. Who would have thought that I could listen to my LPs in a car?
In short, this is a very representative collection of the music I enjoyed in the fifties and I believe this to be excellent value for money. I have LPs from that era, which I have looked after with care. Transferring to CD etc. is not easy to remove the defects and I appreciate being able to purchase a collection, such as this, where the hard work has been done.
I highly recommend this collection.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2013
I'm new to Jazz - in so much as I have never bought any before. However, I wanted to branch out and looked at many compilations before settling on this one from a golden era in Jazz.
The eight discs are in chronological order covering the entire 1950s, so I started with CD1 (naturally). Within 10 minutes I had abandoned it and was remembering what it was I didn't enjoy when I heard Jazz. Two weeks later and on a wet Saturday. I thought I better give it another chance and this time started with CD8. Revelation. Working back the way through the 50s did the trick and I can honestly say I now really enjoy about half of this compilation; I feel ok with a further quarter, and the last quarter I still struggle to enjoy.
In terms of value though, you can't fault this compilation - I think most recordings have been remastered and the sound quality is very good considering the sources. I recognise about two-thirds of the names, all the greats are there such as Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Ella Fitgerald, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk etc - and also several I didn't know. The accompanying booklet is very informative and provides useful context for the recordings - overall, the quality is impressive for the money.
So, if like me, you want to venture into Jazz and want to find out what you like/don't like then this could be for you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2013
These CD's cover the best of many artists that I wouldn't normally buy.As a Jazz fan some artists make one or two good tracks & the rest of Cd is rubbish.With these 100 Best Jazz Tunes I get the best of choices.Well worth the money.
Please find another set similar to this.
Regards Terry Davies.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2012
Takes you back to the erea. Bought it to practice my jazz druming to it not only does that but takes me back to the 50's and the smokey clubs of London.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
My friend Lester Corncrake recommended that I get this album which I did as a digital download.
Haven't stopped scatting in the car since I've been playing it.
on 26 January 2014
All of the reviews that I have read for this 8 CD box set all seem, more or less, to agree that this represents good value. I have also recently purchased " 100 Hits Jazz," this is a 5 CD box set, but is not as good as "The 100 best jazz tunes of the 1950's." One of the reasons is that this set has a 64 page booklet to provide information on both the 100 tracks, and the musicians. It is a pity that some names of musicians appear to have been missed out, and that Ellington's Cat Anderson played trumpet and not trombone. A broader range of types of Jazz may have helped provide greater interest, but its no use wishing, the set is what it is and that's that. It does introduce musicians that you may never have heard of, and that cannot be a bad thing. It is a pity that the track on CD 2 with Coleman Hawkins ( April in Paris ) is, in my opinion, not very good. Coleman Hawkins produced lots of excellent tracks and it would not have been hard to have provided a better example of his work. Also on CD 2, the final track listed as Art Tatum and Ben Webster ( Have you met Miss Jones ) is a piano solo by Art Tatum. Highly recommended.
on 22 March 2015
I know very little about jazz, I do know that I absolutely love this CD set - for me, jazz conjures up images of smoky night clubs, black and white movies and swing. There are some brilliant foot tapping tracks, incredible sax solos, singing brass, smooth voices ... this set covers everything and I so wish I had bought this years ago. As someone who loves a wide range of music from classical through heavy rock (Rush, Led Zep), acoustic, pop, I somehow missed out on jazz. Sometimes out and about you just hear a smooth jazz track and have no way to find out what it is. Highly recommended and for £8.46 for CDs it's very low risk and a true no-brainer. Been playing the MP3s all weekend thanks to Amazon MP 3 service you get when you buy the CDs (which have yet to arrive). Double bass that gets you moving, powerful brass, almost guaranteed to get you motivated.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
Bought this for my jazz addict husband to remind him of the times we went out beffore we married. He says its a really good cd