1959: The Year That Jazz Changed [4CD Box Set] Box set, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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As the 1960s dawned, post-bop Jazz was finally ready to make the social, political and musical statements previously considered outside its remit. Miles Davis liberating Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck Quartet s Time Out, with its unorthodox time signatures, Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um, created with a vision that anticipated post-modernism, and Ornette Coleman s Shape of Jazz to Come, on which rules took second place to expressionism, allow 1959 to be identified as a landmark year for the changes that would shake up the musicians and audience alike. This collection features these four groundbreaking records in their entirety, each with bonus tracks, giving a total running time of almost 5 hours of the finest Jazz in existence. The set also includes a 20 Page booklet featuring rare photographs and extensive notes by noted Jazz author Charles Waring, all encased in a collector s edition box set.
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So onto the actual box set. Its packaged small and neat, barely larger than a couple of CD cases together. Each of the discs has its own card cover. Not the greatest way to present a collection I'm sure, but it protects the discs well enough. And at this price who's complaining? The music is clear and bright; there's no 'short-changing' on the sonic presentation. And each disc includes bonus material from the artists respectively.
Linear notes are competent but not extensive - though again, that's not a complaint.
The set also boasts bonus tracks drawn from the artists' other albums of that period, while extensive sleevenotes by jazz columnist Charles Waring, who beautifully explains why these records were so seismic, are worth a star of their own. Self-confessed jazz thickos can see this collection as a gift from the gods; it's fantastic to be able to identify Brubeck's influence on The Nice or East Of Eden's encore 40 years ago as Mingus' Better Git It In Your Soul. Rarely was a title more apt as a piece of advice. Essential music in any record collection
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