Various Artists

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

  • AllMusic Rating
    9
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by Michael Erlewine

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 Scott Joplin 03:19 Amazon
2 Jelly Roll Morton 02:40 Amazon
3 Bessie Smith 03:05 Amazon
4 Bessie Smith 02:54 Amazon
5 King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band 02:32 Amazon
6 Jelly Roll Morton 03:09 Amazon
7 Jelly Roll Morton 02:54 Amazon
8 Jelly Roll Morton 02:52 Amazon
9 Jelly Roll Morton 02:52 Amazon
10 The Red Onion Jazz Babies 03:05 Amazon
11 Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen 04:19 Amazon
12 James P. Johnson 02:39 Amazon
13 Louis Armstrong 02:57 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven 02:58 Amazon
15 Louis Armstrong 02:59 Amazon
16 Louis Armstrong 02:59 Amazon
17 Louis Armstrong 03:15 Amazon
18 Louis Armstrong / Earl Hines 02:41 Amazon
19 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
20 Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
21 Frankie Trumbauer 02:58 Amazon
22 Frankie Trumbauer 03:07 Amazon
23 Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra 03:14 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
2 Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
3 Red Nichols 03:12 Amazon
4 Bennie Moten 03:19 Amazon
5 Fats Waller 03:06 Amazon
6 Meade "Lux" Lewis 02:57 Amazon
7 Benny Goodman 03:27 Amazon
8 Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
9 Coleman Hawkins Quintet 05:04 Amazon
10 Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
11 Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra 03:35 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 02:44 Amazon
13 Art Tatum 02:53 Amazon
14 Art Tatum 02:21 Amazon
15 Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
16 Gene Krupa & His Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
17 Benny Carter / The Chocolate Dandies / Roy Eldridge 02:59 Amazon
18 Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 02:11 Amazon
19 Quintet of the Hot Club of France 02:32 Amazon
20 Count Basie Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
21 Count Basie Orchestra 02:47 Amazon
22 Count Basie 03:12 Amazon
23 Count Basie / Charlie Christian / Goodman Group 02:53 Amazon
24 Charlie Christian / Goodman Group 02:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:35 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 05:56 Amazon
4 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:17 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:19 Amazon
9 Don Byas / Slam Stewart 04:54 Amazon
10 Dizzy Gillespie 03:03 Amazon
11 Dizzy Gillespie 02:55 Amazon
12 Charlie Parker 02:51 Amazon
13 Charlie Parker / Jazz at the Philharmonic 03:02 Amazon
14 Charlie Parker 02:06 Amazon
15 Charlie Parker 01:53 Amazon
16 Charlie Parker 03:00 Amazon
17 Charlie Parker 01:01 Amazon
18 Charlie Parker 02:55 Amazon
19 Charlie Parker 03:00 Amazon
20 Erroll Garner 02:53 Amazon
21 Bud Powell Trio 04:13 Amazon
22 Dexter Gordon Quartet 03:34 Amazon
23 Tadd Dameron 02:47 Amazon
blue highlight denotes track pick