Various Artists

Bebop Spoken Here [Proper]

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Anyone wanting to dive into the world of jazz would do very well to check out this and the many other stellar box sets put out by England's Proper label. Showing how it should be done in the compilation game, the label packs this four-disc set with prime material and a 56-page booklet that includes extensive notes, a detailed sessionography, and amazing period photos. And the topper? Well, how does a 20-25-dollar price tag grab you? Besides key sides by the usual suspects (Parker, Gillespie, Powell, Davis, and Monk), the 1943-1949 mix features several fine vocalists (Anita O'Day, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, etc.), West Coast stars (Howard McGhee, Wardell Gray), and even swing veterans (Coleman Hawkins, Red Norvo, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa). And that's not to forget the relatively obscure likes of Serge Chaloff, Claude Thornhill, Sonny Berman, and Boyd Raeburn. Amazing.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:55 Amazon
2 02:52 Amazon
3 02:35 Amazon
4 02:55 Amazon
5 03:00 Amazon
6 02:30 Amazon
7 03:07 Amazon
8
03:12 Amazon
9 02:38 Amazon
10 02:46 Amazon
11 02:30 Amazon
12 02:55 Amazon
13 03:22 Amazon
14 03:06 Amazon
15 03:58 Amazon
16 02:56 Amazon
17 02:54 Amazon
18 03:05 Amazon
19 03:01 Amazon
20 02:50 Amazon
21 03:01 Amazon
22 02:30 Amazon
23 02:44 Amazon
24 02:57 Amazon
25 05:38 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:34 Amazon
2
01:42 Amazon
3 02:39 Amazon
4 02:55 Amazon
5 03:23 Amazon
6 02:38 Amazon
7 03:10 Amazon
8 02:49 Amazon
9 02:52 Amazon
10 06:52 Amazon
11 02:38 Amazon
12
02:34 Amazon
13 02:47 Amazon
14
02:58 Amazon
15 05:37 Amazon
16 03:05 Amazon
17 03:00 Amazon
18 03:08 Amazon
19 03:24 Amazon
20 02:39 Amazon
21 02:59 Amazon
22 02:56 Amazon
23 03:05 Amazon
24 03:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 05:31 Amazon
2 02:45 Amazon
3 03:01 Amazon
4 02:54 Amazon
5 02:46 Amazon
6 03:06 Amazon
7 02:29 Amazon
8 03:21 Amazon
9 02:31 Amazon
10 03:02 Amazon
11 03:17 Amazon
12 03:00 Amazon
13 03:07 Amazon
14 02:56 Amazon
15 02:54 Amazon
16 02:38 Amazon
17 03:08 Amazon
18 03:07 Amazon
19 03:09 Amazon
20 02:57 Amazon
21 03:05 Amazon
22 02:58 Amazon
23 05:35 Amazon
24 02:56 Amazon
25 02:36 Amazon
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