The Best of Ken Burns Jazz

The Best of Ken Burns Jazz

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In conjunction with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' ten-part 2000 PBS special, Columbia/Legacy and Verve teamed up to issue a special series of reissues covering much of the history of 20th century jazz. The central release of this program was the five-CD box set Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of America's Music, which was augmented by no less than 22 single-artist anthologies. The Best of Ken Burns Jazz is the commercially available single-CD sampler, all of its 20 tracks taken from the five-CD box set. In this context, this could be taken as the equivalent of sitting down to a full Indian dinner, and not getting any further than the samosa appetizer. Still, it does fit a good amount of classic jazz onto one disc, including selections by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Perhaps this could be a good gift or purchase for the average Joe, your Uncle Norman for instance, who enjoyed the documentary episodes and would like a keepsake of the program, but is by no means a jazz buff or even record collector. Note, incidentally, that only one of the tracks postdates 1959, and even that song is a 1992 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra version of "Take the 'A' Train." So this disc, like to a certain extent the documentary series that sparked its release, can be taken as a rough survey of the history of jazz leading up to 1960, but not one that adequately covers the music's growth in the last 40 years of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646143926
catalogNumber: 61439
Rank: 31409


  1. Stardust
  2. Dead Man Blues
  3. Dear Old Southland
  4. Singin' the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. The Mooche
  7. Hotter Than 'Ell
  8. King Porter Stomp
  9. Begin the Beguine
  10. Cotton Tail
  11. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  12. Solitude
  13. Groovin' High
  14. Straight, No Chaser
  15. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  16. Take Five
  17. Doodlin'
  18. Giant Steps
  19. So What
  20. Take the "A" Train

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Paul Barbarin   Drums
Count Basie   Piano
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Dave Brubeck   Piano
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Bill Easley   Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Bill Evans   Piano
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Eddie Heywood   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Jo Jones   Drums
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Hank Mobley   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Morello   Drums
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Kid Ory   Trombone
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Horace Silver   Piano
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Slam Stewart   Bass
Art Taylor   Drums
Doug Watkins   Bass
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Luis Russell   Piano
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Benny Morton   Trombone
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Temperley   Baritone Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer   C-Melody Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Erskine Butterfield   Piano
George Van Eps   Guitar
Frank Froeba   Piano
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra   Track Performer
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Johnny St. Cyr   Banjo,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Noble Sissle   Vocals
Norris Turney   Alto Saxophone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
McKibbon   Bass
Herlin Riley   Drums
Reginald Veal   Bass
Eugene Wright   Bass
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass
Jimmy Miller   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
George Arus   Trombone
Avola   Guitar
Red Ballard   Trombone
Art Baron   Trombone
Sidney Bechet   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
John Best   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Lester Boone   Alto Saxophone
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Burness   Piano
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Paul Chambers   Bass
Paul Chapman   Guitar
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Demas Dean   Trumpet
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Eddie Durham   Guitar
Herschel Evans   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Pops Foster   Bass
Hank Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Harry Goodman   Bass
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Fred Guy   Banjo
Tubby Hall   Drums
Roland Hanna   Piano
Clyde Hart   Piano
Roy Haynes   Drums
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Andrew Hilaire   Drums
Teddy Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Holmes   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Darnell Howard   Clarinet
Preston Jackson   Trombone
George James   Alto Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Nate Kazebier   Trumpet
Wilbert Kirk   Drums
Jack Lacey   Trombone
Cliff Leeman   Drums
John Lindsay   Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
John Malachi   Piano
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
"Big" Mike McKendrick   Banjo,Guitar
Paul Mertz   Piano
Dan Minor   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Ralph Muzillo   Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Zilner Randolph   Trumpet
Bill Rank   Trombone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Arthur Rollini   Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone
Omer Simeon   Clarinet
Russell Smith   Trumpet
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Sid Weiss   Bass
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Todd Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Doc Ryker   Alto Saxophone
Herbert Cowans   Drums
Elmer James   Bass
Will Johnson   Guitar
Chuck Peterson   Trumpet
Grachan Moncur   Bass
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers   Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dave Brubeck Quartet   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
John Coltrane Quartet   Track Performer
Charlie Alexander   Piano
Ernie Powell   Alto Saxophone
Baby Cox   Vocals
Gil White   Tenor Saxophone
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Chester Burrill   Trombone
Oscar Madera   Violin
Albert Washington   Tenor Saxophone
George Mitchell   Cornet
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Sextet   Track Performer
Eddie Heywood and His Orchestra   Track Performer
Noble Sissle & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Junior Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Jones   Bass
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Arranger,Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Horace Henderson   Arranger
Marty Bloom   Sound Effects
Con Conrad   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Jerry Gray   Arranger
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Fud Livingston   Arranger
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
David Berger   Director
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Anita Gonzales   Composer

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