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Featuring Harvey Brooks, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Sonny Fortune, Al Foster, Steve Grossman, Herbie Hancock, Michael Henderson, Dave Holland, Bennie Maupin, John McLaughlin, Airto Moreira, Wayne Shorter, Larry Young, and Joe Zawinul

This collection of previously unreleased material coming from Miles' early electric period is nevertheless a very rewarding listening experience. In additon to presenting outtakes from the Bitches Brew, On the Corner and Jack Johnson sessions, the Zawinul-composed track "Great Expectations" marked the first time that Miles incorporated Indian stringed instruments (electric sitar and tambura) into the mix. (An edit of the track was actually released as a single!) Adding these colors to a group that already included some of the most versatile musicians in the world created a staggeringly diverse musical palate for Miles to paint from. In addition, since versions of many of these recordings served as the basis of many earlier Miles Davis recordings, it is fascinating to hear the raw materials and evaluate the performances prior to the tracks being used to create the musical collages that were typical of this period.




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Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald

Too easily and too often, music of the swing era is disregarded as being "for dancers." Chick and Ella made sure it was for listeners as well. But what's more, Chick's decision to take his unheard-of power, and his orchestra's great musicianship, and lay it all at the feet of a masterful vocalist, made sure his music would be for the ages.

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Woody Shaw

There were so many ways Woody Shaw could approach a tune. He would slip in and out of a modal approach and play within the chord. Or lay other key signatures on top of what the band was playing, resolving dissonance at just the right moment to make it all coherent. A flawless attack and roundness of tone throughout the instrument's register.

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Rosemary Clooney (5 CDs)

“Rosemary was an unparalleled storyteller. Her precise intonation and spot-on sense of rhythm took full advantage of any song that gave her the leeway to swing the beat and pop the lyric.

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Eddie Condon & Bud Freeman

Harder, faster, more focused on personality and soloing than ensembles, the music attracted others who enjoyed palling around and blowing free. This is jazz that seemed naturally born in smoky back rooms and saloons. And you were always guaranteed a fine time.

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Stan Getz

Chronologically, these sessions for Norman Granz fell just after the quintet dates with Raney, before Getz had risen to the dizzying heights of extreme popularity and when he was still basking in the glow of his stint as part of Woody Herman’s Four Brothers saxophone section.