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VA - From Ragtime To Swing (1898-1952) - La Grande Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1 (2010)

Jazz, Discographies | Author: MusicBox | 7-07-2018, 19:56
VA - From Ragtime To Swing (1898-1952) - La Grande Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1 (2010)Artist: VA
Title Of Album: From Ragtime To Swing (1898-1952) - La Grande Histoire Du Jazz Vol. 1
Year Of Release: 2010
Label (Catalog#): Harmonia Mundi
Country: Italian
Genre: Jazz / Ragtime / Swing
Quality: FLAC (*tracks+.cue+.log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 31:51:27
Full Size: 8.91 Gb

Each box contains 25 slipcase CDs, a booklet (up to 186 pages) and an index. The booklets contain extensive notes (Eng/Fr) with recording dates and line-ups. 31 hours of music in each box, totalling 1677 tracks Each track has been restored and mastered from original sources. The only reason I can think of for there not yet being a review of these four boxed sets, is that those who own them are just too busy having one hell of a blast listening to them. Some people moan about the 50 year copyright law for audio recordings in Europe, but without it this highly entertaining, eye-opening and educational undertaking could never have taken place. These 100 discs (spread over four boxed sets of 25 discs) tell the story of jazz from 1898 to 1959.
The discs are housed within the boxes in individual card sleeves as is the norm these days in hefty sets. The boxes themselves are well-made with flip-top lids. With each set is an index to all 100 discs and a 200 page booklet giving tracklistings, personnel details, recording dates and locations and a brief guide to each of the 25 discs within that particular box.
The CDs themselves are in strict chronological order from disc 1 to 100 but still seem to flow remarkably well. Never has there been a set like this, despite the fact that we might have dreamed of it! Yes, the set finishes at 1959, but it seems a good a place to finish as any, meaning that everything up to and including free jazz is included (and going beyond this is impossible with the copyright laws as they are).
All of the artists you expect are represented with both their masterpieces and a few lesser known tracks - some are real rarities. But also, even during the 1950s CDs, there are a vast variety of jazz performers this jazz lover was unaware of, meaning that there is something here for novices and collectors alike. The nice thing about having the unknowns or forgottens included is that this is a chance to sample their work and seek out what else these performers have to offer.
As an example, I am currently listening to disc 11 which covers Sept 1937 to Sept 1938. The artists on this disc are Django Reinhardt, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Eddie South, Chick Webb, Art Tatum, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Slim & Slam, Ella Fitzgerald, Herman Chittison, Artie Shaw and Andy Kirk. Some line up, eh? What's more, the sound on all the discs is superb (even on the early stuff, this has never sounded so good).
To sum up then, this is beautiful, thought-provoking and often moving product. How many hours the guys behind this product must have spent putting this together in unfathomable. Recommended to all jazz lovers. And once you have bought 1 of the 4 boxes, you won't be able to wait long before getting the rest.

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  • #1: angel44 (13 July 2018 23:23)

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    Thanks a lot for this beautiful collection !!! wink

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