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8 Classic Albums Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Real Gone Jazz
  • ASIN: B00898YBC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This set by Shorty Rogers contains
"Eight Classic Albums" (that's LPs in old money!)
The albums are
"The Big Shorty Rogers Express" (1956),
"Collaboration" (with Andre Previn)(1954)
, "Shorty Rogers Courts The Count (1954),
"Swingin' Nutcracker" (1960),
"Wherever The Five Winds Blow" (1956),
"Chances Are It Swings" (1958),
"Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan (1959)
and "The Swinging Mr Rogers" (1955).

The Real Gone Jazz label has garnered some really good reviews for sound quality.
The digitally enhanced sound is a good indicator but for a proper review I really suggest you read other, more knowledgeable people's reviews.
The collection is on 4 CDs encased in a double wide jewel case. Digitally Enhanced to boot makes this a tempting buy but...

Amazon, at the time of writing, has not provided a track list.
So this may be of interest and use?
As always if you see any typos add a note and I will correct and credit you with the correction- just add a comment.

Track Listing:
[Disc 1]
The Big Shorty Rogers Express
1. Blues Express
2. Pink Squirrel
3. Coop De Graas
4. Infinity Promenade
5. Short Stop
6. Boar-Jibu
7. Pay The Piper
8. Home With Sweets
9. Tale Of The African Lobster
10. Contours
11. Chiquito Loco
12. The Sweetheart Of Sigmund Freud
Collaboration
(with Andre Previn)
13. It's Delovely
14. Porterhouse
15. Heat Wave
16. 40 Degrees Below
17. You Stepped Out A Dream
18. Claudia
19. You Do Something To Me
20. Call For Cole
21. Everything I've Got Belongs To You)
22. Some Antics
23. It Only Happens When I Dance With You
24.
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the big band records,blues express and gourts the count is a good example of rogers exelent talents as an arranger tor large ensembles. but as trumpeter i'm afraid he is too predictable and uninteresting for my taste. but the almum "blues express" is worth the price for this 8 classic albums.
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pleasure to have met SHORTY in both England and the States
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Great album
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3.0 out of 5 stars TWO GREAT ALBUMS, THE REST A MIXED BAG 13 Sept. 2014
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of albums by West Coast trumpeter-bandleader Shorty Rogers is more of a mixed bag than several other of these collections but it is redeemed by the two best albums in the collection, from 1955-56: The Swinging Mr. Rogers (19955) and Wherever the Five Winds Blow (1956). Both feature first rate teams. In Swinging, the other horn is multi-reedist Jimmy Giuffre, and the rhythm section is made up of the best the West Coast offered then, pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Curtis Counce, and drummer Shelly Manne. Giuffre, whose star was a far more interesting a soloist than Rogers, especially when he played his chalumeau-register clarinet, and Manne was an inventive, subtle and propulsive drummer, who is under-rated today. The least effective cut on the set is "Michele's Meditation" (soupy), the most effective -really great jazz--are a booted up version of "Isn't It Romantic?" and a Basie-ish sounding blues, "Martians Go Home," on which Manne plays an understated and subversively sly solo. Winds is equally good: with Giuffre again, Lou Levy on piano, bassist Ralph Pena and Larry Bunker on drums. It's a laid back, highly swinging session that should p[lease the most discriminating enthusiast of jazz music.

I can't say much good about the other six albums except that there are cute, tricky musical moments scattered throughout and many of the soloists perform adequately to well. That doesn't improve the quality of either song selection or arrangements. The first two albums (on CD 1) are generic big band efforts, the second spiced up by the addition of Andre Previn playing vaguely jazz-ish-but-more-like-cocktail piano. There is then a mediocre big band take on the Count and lastly two of the ubiquitous theme albums that record company producers felt would `sell' that difficult minority taste, jazz, in the late fifties -thus, an album of Swinging Nutcracker and a second entitled Shorty Rogers Meets Tarzan. Nuff said.

Would I buy this collection again, knowing what I know now about it and having listened to it? Yes, but really just for the two albums, The Swinging Mr. Rogers and Wherever the Five Winds Blow. Shorty Rogers was an instrumentalist of limited talent, and the music on albums released under his name was often corny, but on those two sets, he hit gold.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 27 July 2013
By Patrick J. Kelch - Published on Amazon.com
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How do you like your jazz? If you like it cool, crisp and swinging with top-flight musicians playing first-class arrangements, then this boxed set is for you. You won't find here the mindless musical meanderings that have dominated jazz in the past five decades. In this collection you will hear straight-ahead jazz played with superb taste by some of the finest musicians of the era. And pay special attention to the artistry and craftsmanship of Jimmy Giuffre whose solos on different reed instruments is generously featured on several selections. This collection is a musical treat for the ears and restores the luster to the term "jazz." Two small caveats: first, three of the albums were previously issued on CD by Avid Jazz in their "Four Classic Albums" by Shorty Rogers. Second, the space between tracks is very short--probably so that two complete albums can be issued on each of the four CDs. To my ears, the audio was great as I played the albums both in the car and on my home stereo system. Any aural nitpicking is easily overcome by the joy having these albums available once again. I can't get enough Shorty Rogers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The great Shorty Rogers! 11 May 2014
By Robert David Cotgrove - Published on Amazon.com
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A key arranger and composer for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Shorty Rogers was a supreme West Coast jazz trumpet player and band leader during the 1950s. This is a great collection of his most memorable albums.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Oct. 2014
By Alvah D. Kuykendall - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must for those who love West Coast Jazz !!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ESOTERICA 26 July 2013
By EL CALifornio - Published on Amazon.com
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SHORTY WAS NOT THE MOST POPULAR OF THE WEST COAST JAZZ SCENE. I AM A FAN OF HIS QUIRKY STYLE. THIS SET IS VARIED IN QUALITY AND HAS SOME UNUSUAL RECORDINGS. SOME OF THE QUALITY IS REALLY GOOD...SOME...MEH. I RIP CDS AND STORE FLAC FILES WHICH I PLAY FROM A COWON MEDIA PLAYER AND LISTEN FOR RECORDING QUALITY. MOST OF THESE ARE UP THERE WITH THE BEST. IF YOU WANT TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION OF JAZZ LEGENDS GET THIS; FOR THE PRICE YOU CAN PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR TRACKS.
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