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JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology out March 29th, 2011
(Published: January 31, 2011)

Seven years in the making, 'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' will be released by Smithsonian Folkways on March 29th, 2011. The six-CD box set traces the turning points of this 20th-century tale through its legendary innovators and exemplary exponents: Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Parker, Gillespie, Davis, Hancock, Corea, Coltrane and many more. The set opens with Scott Joplin's 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" and spans the entire century, closing with Tomasz Stańko's 2003 "Suspended Night Variation VIII."

As the successor to the original 1973 milestone 'Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz,' the set has been substantially updated with more than eighty percent new selections. In its nearly eight hours of music, many hundreds of musicians are featured on 111 tracks, and the set is accompanied by a 200-page book of essays, track annotations and historical photos. The six CDs encompass ragtime, New Orleans, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool, modal, free, fusion, Latin and many more of the variegated creations in jazz's magnificent sound mosaic.

A blue ribbon executive committee selected the final 111 recordings from thousands of tracks recommended by dozens of jazz experts, and with annotations contributed by a team of 35 scholars and educators, 'JAZZ' offers a wellspring resource for jazz fans of all stripes - educators, students, musicians, beginners and aficionados.

'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' renews Folkways Records' founder Moses Asch's commitment to letting the "people's music" be heard and fulfills the educational mission of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the United States national museum. More than a half century after the 11-volume Folkways Records JAZZ series of the early 1950s, Smithsonian Folkways echoes its legacy of offering a comprehensive, contemporary vision of the history, diversity and beauty of this consummate American musical invention that today belongs to the world.

The box set focuses on artists rather than tracks; only the most important artists who represented multiple, distinct styles in the span of a career were chosen for more than one cut. That elite group includes such giants as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Blakey and John Coltrane.

Musicians now lesser known, such as saxophonists Frankie Trumbauer and Lucky Thompson, guitarist Lonnie Johnson, pianist Meade "Lux" Lewis, bandleader Machito and trumpeter Shorty Rogers are also given their due.

The track annotations are extremely detailed yet remarkably clear, making the text alone an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about jazz. The Scott Joplin notes include a disquisition on ragtime form, the Tomasz Stańko entry discusses the state of jazz in the Eastern Bloc before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the five separate essays tracing the evolution of Miles Davis from bebop to fusion are a revelation in themselves.

View the box set packaging here:

"The extensive research done for this anthology could have produced many different sets representing disparate viewpoints," says producer Richard James Burgess in his album notes. "Our intention is that 'JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' will stimulate aficionados and interested listeners, serve as an empowering tool for educators and students, and provide a panoramic overview of jazz as well as a solid jumping off point for further explorations of this inspiring musical culture."

‘JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology' Track List:

Disc 1
1. Maple Leaf Rag - Dick Hyman
2. In Gloryland - Bunk's Brass Band
3. Livery Stable Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
4. Dipper Mouth Blues - King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band
5. The Stampede - Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra
6. Black Bottom Stomp - Jelly Roll Morton and His Red Hot Peppers
7. Singin' The Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) - Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra
8. Back Water Blues - Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson
9. Black And Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
10. From Monday On - Bix Beiderbecke & Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
11. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
12. Weather Bird - Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines
13. That's a Serious Thing - Eddie Condon's Hot Shots
14. Handful of Riffs - Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson
15. You've Got to Be Modernistic - James P. Johnson
16. Moten Swing - Bennie Moten and His Kansas City Orchestra
17. Everybody Loves My Baby - The Boswell Sisters
18. Maple Leaf Rag - Sidney Bechet
19. Dinah - Fats Waller and His Rhythm
20. Swing That Music - Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
21. Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis
22. Mean To Me - Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra
23. For Dancers Only - Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra
24. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie and His Orchestra
25. Harlem Congo - Chick Webb and His Orchestra

Disc 2
1. Minor Swing - Quintette du Hot Club de France
2. Mary's Idea - Mary Lou Williams with Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy
3. When Lights Are Low - Lionel Hampton
4. Body and Soul - Coleman Hawkins and His Orchestra
5. Honeysuckle Rose - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
6. Tiger Rag - Art Tatum
7. Ko-Ko - Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
8. Hard Times (Topsy Turvy) - Cab Calloway and His Orchestra
9. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me - The Chocolate Dandies
10. Stardust - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra
11. Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa and His Orchestra
12. Shaw 'Nuff - Dizzy Gillespie's All-Star Quintette
13. Manteca - Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra
14. Virgo from The Zodiac Suite - Mary Lou Williams
15. Dexter Rides Again - Dexter Gordon
16. I Want to Be Happy - Lester Young - Buddy Rich Trio
17. Indiana - Bud Powell
18. Embraceable You - Charlie Parker Quintet
19. Four Brothers - Woody Herman and His Orchestra
20. Misterioso - Thelonious Monk Quartet
21. Lady Bird - Tadd Dameron Sextet
22. Tanga - Machito and His Afro-Cuban Orchestra
23. September in the Rain - The George Shearing Quintet
24. WOW - Lennie Tristano Sextet

Disc 3
1. Boplicity - Miles Davis Nonet
2. The Golden Bullet - Count Basie Octet
3. Popo - Shorty Rogers and His Giants
4. Walkin' Shoes - The Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker
5. 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West - Stan Kenton
6. Daahoud - Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet
7. Django - The Modern Jazz Quartet
8. The Preacher - Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
9. I'll Remember April - Erroll Garner Trio
10. Jonaleh - The Chico Hamilton Quintet
11. Tricrotism - Lucky Thompson Trio
12. St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
13. Call For All Demons - Sun Ra and His Arkestra
14. When I Grow Too Old to Dream - Nat "King" Cole and His Trio
15. Stompin' at the Savoy - Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
16. Blues in the Closet - Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson
17. Ol' Man River - Oscar Peterson Trio
18. Summertime - Miles Davis: orchestra under the direction of Gil Evans

Disc 4
1. Moanin' - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
2. Meet B. B. - Count Basie and His Orchestra
3. So What - Miles Davis Sextet
4. Giant Steps - John Coltrane Quartet
5. Better Git It in Your Soul - Charles Mingus
6. Blue Rondo à la Turk - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
7. Ramblin' - Ornette Coleman Quartet
8. Work Song - Cannonball Adderley
9. Wrap your Troubles In Dreams - Sarah Vaughan
10. My Favorite Things, Part 1 (Single Version) - John Coltrane Quartet
11. Waltz For Debby - Bill Evans
12. Round Midnight - George Russell Sextet
13. Cotton Tail - Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

Disc 5
1. One by One - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
2. The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
3. A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement - John Coltrane Quartet
4. E.S.P. - Miles Davis Quintet
5. Haig & Haig - Clark Terry - Bob Brookmeyer Quintet
6. King of the Road - Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery
7. Isfahan - Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
8. The New National Anthem (from A Genuine Tong Funeral) - Gary Burton
9. Matrix - Chick Corea
10. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - Miles Davis
11. Celestial Terrestrial Commuters - Mahavishnu Orchestra
12. Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
13. Long Yellow Road - Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
14. Jitney No. 2 - Cecil Taylor
15. Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny

Disc 6
1. Maple Leaf Rag - Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams
2. Birdland - Weather Report
3. My Song - Keith Jarrett
4. Iya - Irakere
5. Bush Magic - Art Ensemble of Chicago
6. Steppin' - World Saxophone Quartet
7. The Glide Was in the Ride - Steve Coleman Group
8. Manenberg (Revisited) - Abdullah Ibrahim
9. Nothing Personal - Michael Brecker
10. Airegin - Tito Puente
11. Down the Avenue - Wynton Marsalis Septet
12. Ting Ning - Nguyên Lê
13. Kilayim - Masada
14. Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho - Medeski Martin & Wood
15. Neutralisme - Martial Solal and Johnny Griffin
16. Suspended Night Variation VIII - Tomasz Stańko


More Information: http://www.folkways.si.edu/jazz

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