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3.0 out of 5 stars Starters Orders..., 17 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: The Art of Jazz (Audio CD)
Good collection for the unitiated and curious (like myself!). 3 x Cds, each one a good hour long and each evenly split between 2 artists; Dave Brubeck/Bill Evans, Miles Davis/John Coltrane & Charles Mingus/Ornette Coleman.

Sound quality is perfectly acceptable for these recordings and the only gripe I have is the total absence of liner notes of any kind which is a real stinker and costs the set a star!
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2011 08:48:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2011 08:48:44 GMT
Carradale says:
Seems crazy to put the album together with that title and not make some point about the remarkable range of influential, ground breaking and still very important and popular albums released that year.

Richard Williams' very readable "The Blue Moment" which I'm in the middle of at the moment draws a picture of how Miles and others got to 'Kind of Blue' and where they and those influenced by yhr album went from there.

Posted on 20 Jan 2011 22:00:01 GMT
Paul G. says:
This is 5***** music - stuff the lack of liner notes. You LISTEN to jazz first, reading about it is always secondary. No amount of prose can describe the majesty of this music.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2011 13:32:43 GMT
AJ says:
I made the point on the liner notes because as I said, i don't know a great deal about this music so for people like me, liner notes would be a great help. I would imagine jazz connosieurs would already own 99% of these recordings and know the back stories inside out. One only needs to look at Classical labels like Naxos or Hyperion, to see the true value of some printed information to accompany the discs.

Thank god at least for Wikipedia at times...

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2011 13:33:54 GMT
AJ says:
Thanks Carrdale for seeing where I was coming from :-)

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 14:02:08 GMT
So people know, this set comprises all or most of the following albums:

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (all)
John Coltrane - Blue Train (most)
Dave Brubeck - Take Five (all)
Bill Evans - Everybody Digs Bill Evans (most)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (most)
Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come (most)

...which will give you an idea of what value it represents, and also give people an idea of where to go for the background information on the tracks. All are widely acknowledged as classic jazz albums- Kind of Blue in particular is one of the albums everyone with even a passing interest in music (not jazz, *music*) should hear.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2011 22:39:14 BDT
Nicky says:
Thanks so much for posting the above breakdown. I, too, wanted to be able to get the lineup etc... I'm listening to Kind of Blue right now and I'm blown away.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2011 22:40:27 BDT
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