Various ‎– The Ultimate Jazz Archive

Label:
Membran ‎– 222800-387
Format:
168 × CD, Compilation
Box Set
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Tracklist

Notes

Set 01
1-1 Scott Joplin– 1899-1917 (60:56)
1-2 Original Dixieland Jazz Band– 1917-1921 (53:54)
1-3 New Orleans Rhythm Kings– 1922-1935 (60:05)
1-4 King Oliver– 1923-1930 (53:01)
Set 02
2-1 Jelly Roll Morton– 1923-1927 (58:26)
2-2 Duke Ellington– 1924-1927 (60:25)
2-3 Bix Beiderbecke– 1924-1928 (64:36)
2-4 Buster Bailey– 1924-1942 (62:32)
Set 03
3-1 Johnny Dodds– 1923-1929 (65:38)
3-2 Louis Armstrong– 1926-1931 (68:08)
3-3 Luis Russell– 1926-1934 (61:11)
3-4 Red Nichols– 1927-1928 (47:37)
Set 04
4-1 McKinney's Cotton Pickers– 1928-1929 (70:55)
4-2 Jack Teagarden– 1928-1934 (50:36)
4-3 J.C. Higginbotham– 1929-1940 (67:38)
4-4 Benny Carter– 1929-1933 (70:30)
Set 05
5-1 Clarence Williams– 1929-1930 (68:12)
5-2 Fletcher Henderson– 1927 (71:39)
5-3 Jabbo Smith's Rhythm Aces– 1929-1938 (74:33)
5-4 The Rhythmakers– 1932 (43:51)
Set 06
6-1 Sidney Bechet– 1932-1939 (59:48)
6-2 Washboard Rhythm Kings– 1933 (60:15)
6-3 Mezz Mezzrow– 1936-1939 (60:46)
6-4 Pee Wee Russell– 1938-1945 (65:40)
Set 07
7-1 Muggsy Spanier– 1939-1944 (50:35)
7-2 Bud Freeman– 1939-1940 (72:28)
7-3 Eddie Condon Dixieland All-Stars– 1939-1946 (60:20)
7-4 George Wettling– 1940-1944 (51:10)
Set 08
8-1 Lu Watters– 1942 (60:12)
8-2 Bobby Hackett– 1938-1944 (62:07)
8-3 Edmond Hall– 1941-1944 (70:48)
8-4 Barney Bigard– 1944 (59:24)
Set 09
9-1 Kid Ory– 1948 (51:52)
9-2 Wilbur De Paris– 1951-1952 (62:58)
9-3 The George Lewis Ragtime Jazzband Of New Orleans– 1952 (58:59)
9-4 Louis Armstrong– 1955 (63:38)
Set 10
10-1 Bessie Smith– 1923-1931 (70:48)
10-2 Ma Rainey– 1924-1925 (50:11)
10-3 Mississippi John Hurt– 1928 (38:21)
10-4 Tampa Red– 1928-1942 (54:56)
Set 11
11-1 T-Bone Walker– 1929-1946 (59:14)
11-2 Josh White– 1932-1936 (61:30)
11-3 Blind Willie McTell– 1931-1933 (70:08)
11-4 Big Bill Broonzy– 1932-1946 (47:52)
Set 12
12-1 Leadbelly– 1934-1940 (63:13)
12-2 Big Joe Williams– 1935-1945 (63:59)
12-3 Robert Johnson– 1936-1937 (37:55)
12-4 Kokomo Arnold– 1936-1937 (50:14)
Set 13
13-1 John Lee Williamson– 1937-1939 (63:37)
13-2 Sonny Terry– 1937-1940 (48:47)
13-3 Sleepy John Estes– 1937-1941 (73:29)
13-4 Brownie McGhee– 1940-1941 (48:55)
Set 14
14-1 Memphis Slim– 1940-1941 (70:54)
14-2 Muddy Waters– 1941-1942 (51:14)
14-3 Big Boy Crudup– 1941-1946 (60:00)
14-4 Big Joe Turner– 1941-1946 (60:58)
Set 15
15-1 Roosevelt Sykes– 1944-1950 (65:51)
15-2 Lightnin' Hopkins– 1946-1948 (47:54)
15-3 John Lee Hooker– 1948-1953 (51:15)
15-4 Johnny Otis– 1949-1950 (66:09)
Set 16
16-1 B.B. King– 1949-1952 (54:42)
16-2 Jimmy Witherspoon– 1950-1951 (40:04)
16-3 Howlin' Wolf– 1951-1952 (71:23)
16-4 Ray Charles– 1952-1954 (57:05)
Set 17
17-1 Albert Ammons– 1939-1946 (64:22)
17-2 Meade "Lux" Lewis– 1940-1944 (55:31)
17-3 Pete Johnson– 1944-1947 (56:40)
17-4 Various– 1938-1956 (60:59)
Set 18
18-1 Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang– 1926-1933 (53:26)
18-2 Fats Waller– 1929-1938 (61:51)
18-3 Coleman Hawkins– 1929-1935 (73:00)
18-4 Art Tatum– 1933-1941 (50:58)
Set 19
19-1 Ben Webster– 1932-1944 (63:47)
19-2 Django Reinhardt– 1936-1937 (52:41)
19-3 Benny Goodman– 1935-1936 (62:32)
19-4 Roy Eldridge– 1935-1941 (53:24)
Set 20
20-1 Earl "Fatha" Hines– 1934-1942 (53:25)
20-2 Lester Young– 1936-1944 (61:04)
20-3 Teddy Wilson– 1934-1946 (61:28)
20-4 Benny Carter– 1936-1937 (49:05)
Set 21
21-1 Lionel Hampton– 1937-1940 (71:31)
21-2 Charlie Shavers– 1938-1941 (64:20)
21-3 Charlie Christian– 1939-1941 (71:35)
21-4 Dexter Gordon– 1943-1947 (55:24)
Set 22
22-1 Erroll Garner– 1944-1947 (45:16)
22-2 Slam Stewart– 1945-1946 (70:14)
22-3 Wardell Gray– 1946-1949 (74:30)
22-4 Lucky Thompson– 1945-1947 (55:25)
Set 23
23-1 Don Byas– 1945-1947 (58:09)
23-2 Illinois Jacquet– 1946-1947 (54:00)
23-3 Charlie Parker– 1945-1947 (61:22)
23-4 Dizzy Gillespie– 1945-1946 (56:44)
Set 24
24-1 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis– 1946-1948 (65:29)
24-2 Lennie Tristano– 1946-1949 (64:49)
24-3 Thelonious Monk– 1947 (70:22)
24-4 Fats Navarro– 1947-1949 (52:39)
Set 25
25-1 George Shearing– 1947-1953 (65:28)
25-2 Gene Ammons– 1947-1953 (60:11)
25-3 Sonny Stitt– 1949-1952 (72:24)
25-4 Bud Powell– 1949-1950 (39:57)
Set 26
26-1 Lee Konitz– 1949-1951 (55:52)
26-2 Miles Davis– 1949-1953 (71:36)
26-3 Zoot Sims– 1950-1953 (78:42)
26-4 Herbie Mann– 1954-1956 (49:47)
Set 27
27-1 James Moody– 1951-1955 (73:07)
27-2 Stan Getz– 1950-1952 (60:20)
27-3 Dave Brubeck– 1949-1953 (65:14)
27-4 The Modern Jazz Quartet– 1951-1955 (56:52)
Set 28
28-1 Jay Jay Johnson– 1949-1953 (53:47)
28-2 Gerry Mulligan– 1950-1953 (48:41)
28-3 Sonny Rollins– 1951-1953 (72:37)
28-4 Paul Quinichette– 1951-1953 (66:45)
Set 29
29-1 Art Pepper– 1950-1954 (62:27)
29-2 Shorty Rogers– 1951-1956 (76:36)
29-3 Horace Silver– 1952 (44:15)
29-4 Chet Baker– 1952-1954 (51:00)
Set 30
30-1 Bud Shank– 1953 (45:31)
30-2 Clifford Brown– 1953 (73:36)
30-3 Charlie Parker– 1949-1954 (70:56)
30-4 Barney Kessel– 1952-1954 (55:11)
Set 31
31-1 Lou Donaldson– 1952-1954 (64:54)
31-2 Art Farmer– 1953-1956 (36:14)
31-3 Tal Farlow– 1952-1955 (55:45)
31-4 Charles Mingus– 1954 (41:52)
Set 32
32-1 Dizzy Gillespie– 1953-1954 (58:22)
32-2 Phil Woods– 1954-1955 (52:59)
32-3 Jackie McLean&Donald Byrd– 1955 (40:10)
32-4 The Jazz Messengers– 1955 (61:55)
Set 33
33-1 Bennie Moten– 1930-1932 (68:51)
33-2 Jimmie Lunceford– 1930-1934 (59:00)
33-3 Fletcher Henderson– 1934-1936 (56:57)
33-4 Chick Webb– 1934-1937 (58:06)
Set 34
34-1 Benny Goodman– 1935-1939 (65:01)
34-2 Tommy Dorsey– 1935-1938 (57:35)
34-3 Harry James (2)– 1937-1939 (62:42)
34-4 Earl "Fatha" Hines– 1937-1946 (55:19)
Set 35
35-1 Count Basie– 1937-1944 (71:32)
35-2 Artie Shaw– 1938-1941 (72:50)
35-3 Glenn Miller– 1938-1941 (72:09)
35-4 Bunny Berigan– 1937-1939 (62:30)
Set 36
36-1 Gene Krupa– 1938-1941 (50:21)
36-2 Charlie Barnet– 1939 (63:44)
36-3 Erskine Hawkins– 1940-1945 (59:09)
36-4 Lionel Hampton– 1945-1946 (59:46)
Set 37
37-1 Duke Ellington– 1941-1947 (62:25)
37-2 Woody Herman– 1945-1954 (74:11)
37-3 Stan Kenton– 1950-1953 (65:21)
37-4 Shorty Rogers– 1951-1953 (50:52)
Set 38
38-1 The Boswell Sisters– 1931-1939 (72:58)
38-2 The Mills Brothers– 1932-1937 (55:10)
38-3 Billie Holiday– 1933-1936 (57:24)
38-4 Mildred Bailey– 1935-1939 (58:43)
Set 39
39-1 Ivie Anderson– 1932-1942 (68:08)
39-2 Ella Fitzgerald– 1936-1940 (56:12)
39-3 The Andrews Sisters– (No Information) (44:59)
39-4 Lena Horne– 1936-1944 (70:43)
Set 40
40-1 Anita O'Day– 1940-1945 (68:35)
40-2 Billy Eckstine– 1944-1947 (60:21)
40-3 Peggy Lee– 1941-1953 (60:34)
40-4 Nat King Cole– 1943-1946 (60:49)
Set 41
41-1 June Christy– 1945-1947 (62:57)
41-2 Frank Sinatra– 1944-1949 (67:45)
41-3 Dinah Washington– 1945-1953 (64:05)
41-4 Mel Tormé– 1946-1954 (57:02)
Set 42
42-1 Sarah Vaughan– 1946-1954 (69:41)
42-2 Ella Fitzgerald– 1946-1954 (62:54)
42-3 Joe Williams– 1946-1955 (55:28)
42-4 Billie Holiday– 1952-1955 (68:16)

A Jazz Lunch For Your Ears - Bon Appetit!

The archive contains of 3179 tracks from 1899 until 1956 on 168 CDs and 2 books with 180 pages of artist biographies each. High-End mastered at 24-bit and 96 kHz.
The Archive is split into 42 Sets x 4xCD. Each CD is untitled and dedicated to one musician, who mostly appears in different collaborations.

The catalog numbers: The box is 222800-387 and each of the 42 Sets has its own catalog number. For example Set 1 is 22757-382. Set 1 - CD 2 is 22757-382/B.

Set 01-09: 36 CDs - Classic Jazz, Ragtime, Dixieland
Set 10-16: 28 CDs - Blues
Set 17: 4 CDs - Boogie Woogie
Set 18-32: 60 CDs - Swing To Bebop, Modern Jazz
Set 33-37: 20 CDs - Big Band
Set 38-42: 20 CDs - Vocalists

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October 31, 2018
edited about 1 month ago

This gargantuan European grey market public domain box set is really all about quantity over quality. The 168 CD set contains a ridicilous amount of Ragtime, Jazz, Blues etc. recorded from 1899 to 1956.

The packaging is as basic as it gets. Theres 42 sets of 4 CDs housed in 2 cardboard boxes taped together. Each of two boxes has a 180+ page booklet with short artist bios and photos in it. Track information (titles, recording dates and personnel) are listed in CD booklets.

Sound quality of this box set is rather bad. There's a lot of audible sizzle and unnatural echo present here. Either low quality sources were used, or this box set was ruined with bad noise reduction. In any case, I wouldn't really call this High-End mastering as stated on the box set.

My copy was missing the Sleepy John Estes disc (13-3). In place of that disc there was second copy of T-Bone Walker disc (11-1). I wonder if this is an individual case, or is the Estes disc (13-3) missing from other boxes too.