Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Friday, March 25, 2011

Richard James Burgess, John Edward, and Dan Morgenstern discuss “Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology,” which includes 111 tracks showcasing artists at their best and most influential. They talk about the turning points in the history of jazz through its legendary innovators—Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Parker, Gillespie, Davis, Hancock, Corea, Marsalis—and notable styles from early ragtime, to international modernism, and every major movement in between.


Richard James Burgess, John Edward and Dan Morgenstern
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Comments [3]


What a dull, ugly cover to the CD set. When I saw it I thought it was some '80's issue of the original collection.

Apr. 06 2011 12:04 AM
Steve Crooks from Bloomfield, NJ

The subject of Coltrane's 'Embraceable You' brings to light something i've always perceived from the improvisational musicians I've had the pleasure of knowing; that being an iron-clad, almost encyclopaedic respect of their source material and the great composers responsible for them. That is, after all, why their called 'the standards'.

Mar. 25 2011 12:51 PM
Mike Flood from Rockaway

What about No wave or Free Jazz?

Mar. 25 2011 12:41 PM

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