Masters of Classic Jazz: Swing Greats

Masters Of Classic Jazz: Swing Greats


This double CD has the master takes from five radio transcription sessions recorded during 1943-1944. The music is particularly valuable because a recording strike kept many of these musicians largely off records during the era. Heard from are the Eddie Heywood Sextet, a quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Ben Webster and trumpeter Hot Lips Page, a combo with altoist Pete Brown and trumpeter Jonah Jones, the Red Norvo sextet (with clarinetist Aaron Sachs), and the Stuff Smith trio. The music (mostly heated swing) is excellent but the packaging could be better since the programming on this 38-song two-CD set alternates between the five groups rather than sticking to one band at a time. Also, the claim of these performances being "previously unreleased" is untrue since the Jazzology label came out with the music (plus alternate takes and breakdowns) earlier. But small-group swing fans will certainly enjoy these performances, with violinist Stuff Smith often taking honors. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Soundies
  • UPC: 673477412722
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. 'tain't Me Eddie Heywood And His Orchestra
  • 2. Woke Up Clipped Ben Webster
  • 3. Said Zed Pete Brown
  • 4. Blue Skies Red Norvo
  • 5. Bugle Call Rag Stuff Smith
  • 6. Begin The Beguine Eddie Heywood
  • 7. 'nuff Said Ben Webster
  • 8. Little Jump, The Pete Brown
  • 9. I Surrender, Dear Red Norvo
  • 10. To A Wild Rose Stuff Smith
  • 11. Carry Me Back To Old Virginny Eddie Heywood
  • 12. Hron, The Ben Webster
  • 13. Ain't Misbehavin' Pete Brown
  • 14. Man I Love, The Red Norvo
  • 15. She's Funny That Way Stuff Smith
  • 16. Dirty Deal Ben Webster
  • 17. Caravan Pete Brown
  • 18. Minuet In Swing Stuff Smith
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Tezol Ben Webster
  • 2. That's The Lick Pete Brown
  • 3. Melody In F Stuff Smith
  • 4. Lover Man Eddie Heywood
  • 5. Don't Blame Me Ben Webster
  • 6. Blue Skies Pete Brown
  • 7. Dee Dee's Dance Red Norvo
  • 8. Desert Sands Stuff Smith
  • 9. Coquette Eddie Heywood
  • 10. I Surrender, Dear Ben Webster
  • 11. Rosetta Pete Brown
  • 12. Red Jumps, The Stuff Smith
  • 13. Red Dust Red Norvo
  • 14. World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, The Pete Brown
  • 15. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You Stuff Smith
  • 16. Prelude To A Kiss Eddie Heywood
  • 17. Tea For Two Ben Webster
  • 18. Low Down Blues Pete Brown
  • 19. Clyde's Blues Red Norvo
  • 20. Humoresque Stuff Smith
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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