This release covers two albums recorded for Capitol, 'Jimmy Giuffre' (1954) & 'Tangents In Jazz' (1955), and two from 1956 for Atlantic Records - 'The Jimmy Giuffre 3', and 'Historic Jazz Concert at Music Inn' (featuring Jimmy Giuffre, Pee-Wee Russell, George Wein, Oscar Pettiford, Connie Kay, Teddy Charles, Percy Heath, Herbie Mann, Dick Katz & Ray Brown).
As an additional bonus there are two other tracks, both taken from the 1957 Columbia LP 'The Sound Of Jazz', featuring Jimmy Giuffre Three, and Pee-Wee Russell / Jimmy Giuffre Quintet.
35 wonderful classic cool Jazz tracks in total on 2CDs. Too good to be true?
Avid Jazz have no access to any of the original master tapes and generally clone/copy all the music from other existing original CDs or good condition vinyl LPs.
The sound on this 2CD set lacks tone and sounds rather flat when compared to the Japanese Atlantic CD editions of the same titles.
Avid Jazz titles are generally cheap and soundwise the company tinker with the source by either increasing bass/treble levels, or dumb all levels down (as is the case here) making the great music sound rather dull & lifeless.
Misleadingly these albums are packaged claiming the discs have been digitally remastered for possibly the best sound ever. This is deceptive marketing in an attempt to disguise the fact it is pirated music issued on the cheap. As is the case with most or all CDs on Avid Jazz you get what you pay for.
I actively avoid purchasing any music that I know has been pirated,cloned/copied, and as such cannot recommend this, or any other CDs issued on this label.