Various ‎– Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Smithsonian Folkways ‎– SFW 40820
6 × CD, Compilation


1-1 Dick Hyman Maple Leaf Rag 2:27
1-2 Bunk's Brass Band* In Gloryland 3:00
1-3 Original Dixieland Jazz Band Livery Stable Blues 3:07
1-4 King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Dipper Mouth Blues 2:18
1-5 Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra The Stampede 3:14
1-6 Jelly Roll Morton And His Red Hot Peppers* Black Bottom Stomp 3:12
1-7 Frankie Trumbauer And His Orchestra Singin' The Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home) 3:00
1-8 Bessie Smith & James P. Johnson* Back Water Blues 3:17
1-9 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Black And Tan Fantasy 3:06
1-10 Bix Beiderbecke & Paul Whiteman And His Orchestra From Monday On 3:02
1-11 Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five* West End Blues 3:17
1-12 Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines Weather Bird 2:42
1-13 Eddie Condon's Hot Shots* That's A Serious Thing 3:29
1-14 Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson (2) Handful Of Riffs 3:04
1-15 James P. Johnson* You've Got To Be Modernistic 3:10
1-16 Bennie Moten And His Kansas City Orchestra* Moten Swing 3:21
1-17 The Boswell Sisters Everybody Loves My Baby 2:20
1-18 Sidney Bechet Maple Leaf Rag 2:55
1-19 Fats Waller And His Rhythm* Dinah 3:06
1-20 Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra Swing That Music 2:49
1-21 Meade "Lux" Lewis Honky Tonk Train Blues 2:57
1-22 Billie Holiday With Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra Mean To Me 3:06
1-23 Jimmie Lunceford And His Orchestra For Dancers Only 2:37
1-24 Count Basie And His Orchestra* One O'Clock Jump 3:02
1-25 Chick Webb And His Orchestra Harlem Congo 3:16
2-1 Quintette Du Hot Club De France Minor Swing 3:14
2-2 Mary Lou Williams With Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy Mary's Idea 2:56
2-3 Lionel Hampton When Lights Are Low 2:12
2-4 Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra Body And Soul 3:00
2-5 Benny Goodman And His Orchestra Honeysuckle Rose 2:59
2-6 Art Tatum Tiger Rag 2:18
2-7 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Ko-Ko 2:39
2-8 Cab Calloway And His Orchestra Hard Times (Topsy Turvy) 3:17
2-9 The Chocolate Dandies I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me 4:10
2-10 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra Stardust 3:30
2-11 Gene Krupa And His Orchestra Let Me Off Uptown 3:30
2-12 Dizzy Gillespie's All-Star Quintette* Shaw 'Nuff 3:08
2-13 Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra Manteca 2:58
2-14 Mary Lou Williams Virgo From The Zodiac Suite 3:06
2-15 Dexter Gordon Dexter Rides Again 3:13
2-16 Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio I Want To Be Happy 3:56
2-17 Bud Powell Indiana 2:43
2-18 Charlie Parker Quintet* Embraceable You 3:43
2-19 Woody Herman And His Orchestra Four Brothers 3:15
2-20 Thelonious Monk Quartet* Misterioso 3:21
2-21 The Tadd Dameron Sextet Lady Bird 2:50
2-22 Machito And His Afro-Cuban Orchestra Tanga 3:50
2-23 The George Shearing Quintet September In The Rain 3:13
2-24 Lennie Tristano Sextet Wow 3:20
3-1 Miles Davis Nonet* Boplicity 2:59
3-2 Count Basie Octet The Golden Bullet 2:27
3-3 Shorty Rogers And His Giants Popo 3:01
3-4 The Gerry Mulligan Quartet* With Chet Baker Walkin' Shoes 3:10
3-5 Stan Kenton 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West 3:09
3-6 Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet Daahoud 4:02
3-7 The Modern Jazz Quartet Django 7:01
3-8 Horace Silver And Jazz Messengers* The Preacher 4:17
3-9 Erroll Garner Trio I'll Remember April 4:20
3-10 The Chico Hamilton Quintet Jonaleh 2:18
3-11 Lucky Thompson Trio Tricrotism 4:33
3-12 Sonny Rollins St. Thomas 6:45
3-13 Sun Ra And His Arkestra* Call For All Demons 5:11
3-14 Nat "King" Cole And His Trio* When I Grow Too Old To Dream 3:31
3-15 Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald Stompin' At The Savoy 5:12
3-16 Stan Getz & J.J. Johnson Blues In The Closet 9:02
3-17 Oscar Peterson Trio* Ol' Man River 2:35
3-18 Miles Davis Orchestra* Under The Direction Of Gil Evans Summertime 3:18
4-1 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Moanin' 9:33
4-2 Count Basie And His Orchestra* Meet B. B. 3:27
4-3 Miles Davis Sextet* So What 9:22
4-4 John Coltrane Quartet* Giant Steps 4:43
4-5 Charles Mingus Better Git It In Your Soul 7:22
4-6 The Dave Brubeck Quartet Blue Rondo À La Turk 6:43
4-7 Ornette Coleman Quartet* Ramblin' 6:34
4-8 Cannonball Adderley Work Song 5:06
4-9 Sarah Vaughan Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams 2:03
4-10 John Coltrane Quartet* My Favorite Things, Part 1 (Single Version) 2:42
4-11 Bill Evans Waltz For Debby 7:00
4-12 George Russell Sextet* 'Round Midnight 6:33
4-13 Ella Fitzgerald With Duke Ellington Orchestra* Cotton Tail 3:25
5-1 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers One By One 6:19
5-2 Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto The Girl From Ipanema 5:22
5-3 John Coltrane Quartet* A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement 7:46
5-4 Miles Davis Quintet* E.S.P. 5:28
5-5 Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer Quintet Haig & Haig 4:28
5-6 Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery King Of The Road 4:10
5-7 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Isfahan 4:11
5-8 Gary Burton The New National Anthem (From A Genuine Tong Funeral) 6:38
5-9 Chick Corea Matrix 6:25
5-10 Miles Davis Miles Runs The Voodoo Down 2:49
5-11 Mahavishnu Orchestra Celestial Terrestrial Commuters 2:53
5-12 Herbie Hancock Watermelon Man 6:29
5-13 Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band Long Yellow Road 6:27
5-14 Cecil Taylor Jitney No. 2 4:11
5-15 Pat Metheny Bright Size Life 4:43
6-1 Anthony Braxton & Muhal Richard Abrams Maple Leaf Rag 3:37
6-2 Weather Report Birdland 5:56
6-3 Keith Jarrett My Song 6:10
6-4 Irakere Iya 5:53
6-5 Art Ensemble Of Chicago* Bush Magic 5:06
6-6 World Saxophone Quartet Steppin' 7:15
6-7 Steve Coleman Group The Glide Was In The Ride 3:58
6-8 Abdullah Ibrahim Manenberg (Revisited) 6:07
6-9 Michael Brecker Nothing Personal 5:31
6-10 Tito Puente Airegin 4:12
6-11 Wynton Marsalis Septet Down The Avenue 4:45
6-12 Nguyên Lê Ting Ning 3:40
6-13 Masada (3) Kilayim 3:21
6-14 Medeski Martin & Wood Hey-Hee-Hi-Ho 3:13
6-15 Martial Solal & Johnny Griffin Neutralisme 4:30
6-16 Tomasz Stańko Suspended Night Variation VIII 4:20

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Discs inserted in 200-page hardbound book packaged in translucid plastic slipcase.
"Complete Jazz package" version is sold with an exclusive poster by Fritz Klaetke (Visual Dialogue) and a T-Shirt.
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℗ 2010 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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  • Label Code: LC 9628


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January 1, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
As a stepping stone to dive into the history of American jazz music, this compilation is an amazing opening. Spanning almost a century of music, each volume thanks to an amazing quality remastering, presents a remarkably fresh and vital body of works that stimulates the listener to circulate through multiple stylistic paths, from early rag to contemporary fusion.

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology is more that anything an aesthetic as well as a political statement in a search for the true essence of American (popular) music. Of course, there'll always be some scholars or enthusiasts that would regret some unmistakable 'historical' recordings, not included here and there in the timeline. But this selection is the result of a collegial although subjective process by a group of academic experts and specialized journalists, that sounds spectacularly consistent even for like-minded ears, and above all, for a non-jazz oriented audience.