In marking their third year on the independent label scene, 32 Jazz has put together an impressive three-disc compilation culled from their broad and well-researched library (which now contains the entire Muse/Landmark discography, as well as rare album and television productions by the likes of Judy Garland and Tom Jones). From Nat Adderly to Zoot Sims, this box has it all set! With an educational booklet which lists the catalog history of each selection, Gems includes a number of vocalized diamonds in the rough such as Etta Jones’s achy warble through Rodgers and Hart’s "My Romance" and Mose Allison’s live and lively "It Feels So Good," alongside instrumental pearls such as Hank Jones’s ivoried rendition of Charlie Parker’s "Bloomdido," Red Garland’s pianistic take on Cole Porter’s "It’s Alright With Me," and McCoy Tyner’s "Passion Dance," as handled by Rashaan Roland Kirk (you don’t get much more instrumental than that!). From pianos, horns and guitars to vibes and drums, 32 provides a broad introduction to their label and to the wonderful world of jazz in one economical package.
Track Listing: 1. When Your Lover Has Gone - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
2. Doin' That Thing [Live] - Les McCann
3. Mo's Theme - Nat Adderley
4. My Romance - Etta Jones
5. Cap'n Jack - Jack McDuff
6. All the Things You Are - Sonny Criss
7. Iron City - Grant Green
8. Blue Seven - Ron Carter
9. Sunny [Live] - Pat Martino
10. Shana - David "Fathead" Newman
11. Great City - Ernie Andrews
1. Naima [Live] - Cedar Walton
2. Tetragon - Woody Shaw
3. Free Slave - Roy Brooks
4. Blue in Green - Wallace Roney
5. Turkish Women at the Bath
6. Theme for Malcolm - Donald Byrd
7. It Feels So Good [Live] - Mose Allison
8. Ruby, My Dear [Live] - Charlie Rouse
9. Passion Dance - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
10. Oleo - Kenny Barron
1. Broadway - Richard "Groove" Holmes
2. Body and Soul - Al Cohn
3. It's All Right With Me - Red Garland
4. In Walked Bud - Bobby Hutcherson
5. Bar Wars - Willis "Gator" Jackson
6. Scrapple from the Apple [Live] - Phil Woods
7. Blues to Be There - Johnny Lytle
8. Blues in the Guts [Live] - Red Rodney
9. Bloomdido - Hank Jones
10. Constellation - Sonny Stitt
11. Song for My Father [Live] - Horace Silver
I love jazz because it swings.
I was first exposed to jazz in Houston.
I met Joe LoCascio and Bob Henschen.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino.
The first jazz record I bought was Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
My advice to new listeners is to relax on 2 and 4 beats.