Various Artists

The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. 1-5

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The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz is itself somewhat of a classic, referred to in many books, and used as the main learning source in at least one. If you don't know what you like in jazz and are looking for a well-put-together introduction, this set is a good bet. It starts with ragtime's Scott Joplin, and proceeds through Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Duke Ellington ... all the way up to and including the free jazz of Ornette Coleman, and even The World Saxophone Quartet. Of course John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and all the other big guns are there -- even Horace Silver and Lennie Tristano. This five-CD set (94 tracks) contains classic cuts in most cases. This set is a great place to begin.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:19 Amazon
2 02:40 Amazon
3 03:05 Amazon
4 02:54 Amazon
5 02:32 Amazon
6 03:09 Amazon
7 02:54 Amazon
8 02:52 Amazon
9 02:52 Amazon
10 03:05 Amazon
11 04:19 Amazon
12 02:39 Amazon
13 02:57 Amazon
14 02:58 Amazon
15 02:59 Amazon
16 02:59 Amazon
17 03:15 Amazon
18 02:41 Amazon
19 03:13 Amazon
20 02:52 Amazon
21 02:58 Amazon
22 03:07 Amazon
23 03:14 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:13 Amazon
2 02:41 Amazon
3 03:12 Amazon
4 03:19 Amazon
5 03:06 Amazon
6 02:57 Amazon
7 03:27 Amazon
8 02:59 Amazon
9 05:04 Amazon
10 02:38 Amazon
11 03:35 Amazon
12 02:44 Amazon
13 02:53 Amazon
14 02:21 Amazon
15 02:36 Amazon
16 03:11 Amazon
17 02:59 Amazon
18 02:11 Amazon
19 02:32 Amazon
20 02:57 Amazon
21 02:47 Amazon
22 03:12 Amazon
23 02:53 Amazon
24 02:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:35 Amazon
2 02:56 Amazon
3 05:56 Amazon
4 02:40 Amazon
5 03:17 Amazon
6 03:08 Amazon
7 03:15 Amazon
8 03:19 Amazon
9 04:54 Amazon
10 03:03 Amazon
11 02:55 Amazon
12 02:51 Amazon
13 03:02 Amazon
14 02:06 Amazon
15 01:53 Amazon
16 03:00 Amazon
17 01:01 Amazon
18 02:55 Amazon
19 03:00 Amazon
20 02:53 Amazon
21 04:13 Amazon
22 03:34 Amazon
23 02:47 Amazon
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