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The Complete Jam Sessions (Box Set) [Remastered]

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The historic Norman Granz Jam Sessions, recorded between 1952-1954 for Clef and Mercury, are among the most treasured jam sets of all time. The nine separate albums featured the crème de la crème of New York's jazz community from Charlie Parker to Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Oscar Peterson, Lionel Hampton and Max Roach and dozens of others. This box set simply collects all nine LPs on five remastered CDs, containing original artwork in a slipcase that fits inside a handsome metal display box. The individual volumes are of consistently very high quality and are utterly indispensable to jazz aficionados. For those who already have the discs, this is merely superfluous. For those who don't, this is a pricey buy but a hell of a way to begin a jazz education.

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This is a must for any jazz enthusiast. To the list in the above album review must be added, among others, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Flip Phillips, Benny Carter, Buddy Defranco, and Louie Bellson. The tracks feature, not two or three, but eight or ten of these masters jamming. This must be almost unique in available albums, because this is the music that these people played late at night after everyone else went home. The album reviewer suggests that this is pricey, but I think that $50 for more than 5 hours of unexcelled jazz is about on the standard of $10 per hour, which applies to most albums of any genre, and the music itself it priceless.


Born: August 06, 1918 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

At the height of his career, Norman Granz was one of the most powerful non-musicians in jazz. He always fought for the music he believed in (having a love for freewheeling jam sessions), for his artists (whom he accurately considered to be among the greatest in the world), and against racism, forcing many hotels and concert venues to become integrated in the 1940s and '50s. He studied at UCLA, served in the Army, and then, in 1944, began to make an impact on jazz. Granz supervised the award-winning...
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