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AA.VV.: Jazz from America on Disques Vogue

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La Sony ha pubblicato un cofanetto che l'appassionato di jazz farebbe bene a non lasciarsi sfuggire. Articolato in venti CD, il cofanetto racchiude ben quarantuno dischi originali della Vogue Records.

Fondata nel 1947 dal critico Charles Delaunay, la label francese si distinse per una lungimirante progettualità rivolta sia a far incidere i grandi jazzisti statunitensi residenti o di passaggio a Parigi, sia a valorizzare i talenti europei. Ne vien fuori un patrimonio di rilevante valore artistico, che contribuì non poco alla divulgazione del jazz nel nostro continente.

Il successo della Vogue si deve anche alla partnership con prestigiose label statunitensi quali Dial, Prestige, Fantasy, Pacific Jazz, Roost, Storyville, Blue Note, che le permisero di pubblicare alcune gemme dei loro cataloghi. Per questa ragione è un'etichetta molto amata dai jazzofili della vecchia guardia, che nei suoi dischi scoprirono capolavori altrimenti difficili da reperire all'epoca.

Le registrazioni proposte nel cofanetto si concentrano sulle stelle d'oltreoceano, in un arco cronologico che va dal 1947 ai primi anni Sessanta. Riluce il vinile parkeriano del 1949 con un florilegio di capolavori come "Out of Nowhere," "Lover Man," "Scrapple from the Apple," "Embraceable You." La grande avventura del bebop continua con Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Fats Navarro.

Allo stesso modo imprescindibile è la grandiosa sapienza compositiva di Jelly Roll Morton, tra ragtime multitematici e blues. Vi traspare l'immaginazione di un genio che mette il proprio cuore a nudo tra abbandoni lirici, sensualità, oscillazione ritmica. Da qui si passa ai dischi di Art Tatum ed Erroll Garner, luminosi concentrati di raffinatezza armonica e mirabile lucidità creativa. Tutto si realizza nel segno del "something else": quel qualcosa di inaspettato che vien fuori da una foresta lussureggiante di parafrasi.

Non da meno sono il laboratorio boppistico di Charlie Christian, in un celebre concerto del 1941 e il duo Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington: gioielli di squisita musicalità abbinata al supremo magistero tecnico. L'elenco dei vinili imperdibili include Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck. Il loro ennesimo ascolto desta ancora stupore per la facilità di invenzione melodica, il fascino delle sfumature, l'elegante souplesse improvvisativa. Anche qui il livello artistico è talmente superlativo da esentare il recensore da giudizi critici.

In primo piano non solo il jazz, declinato in tutte le sfaccettature. Rifulgono i protagonisti del boogie woogie come Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis e del gospel come Mahalia Jackson. Si passa al blues di John Lee Hooker, il jazz tradizionale di Kid Ory, lo swing di Red Norvo. Anche queste opere ci restituiscono intatto il profumo di fondamentali stagioni musicali, che si spera possano tornare a illuminare l'attualità jazzistica.

A impreziosire il cofanetto, le magnifiche copertine originarie.

Track Listing: CD 1:
Cotton Tail -Billy Strayhorn Trio; Flamingo -Billy Strayhorn Trio; Bang-Up Blues -Billy Strayhorn Trio; C Jam Blues –Billy Strayhorn Trio; Tonk -Billy Strayhorn Trio; Johnny Come Lately -Billy Strayhorn Trio; In a Blue Summer Garden -Billy Strayhorn Trio; Great Times -Billy Strayhorn Trio; Perdido – Oscar Pettiford; Oscalypso -Oscar Pettiford; Take the 'A' Train –Oscar Pettiford; Blues for Blanton -Oscar Pettiford; Chickasaw –Serge Chaloff; Bop Scotch -Serge Chaloff; The Most! -Serge Chaloff; Chasin' the Bass – Serge Chaloff.

CD 2:
Sweetie Pie; Yesterdays; Hershey Bar; Gone with the Wind; Tootsie Roll; Strike Up the Band; Imagination; For Stompers Only; Yvette; Potter's Luck; Penny; It Might As Well Be Spring; The Song Is You; Wildwood; On the Alamo; Split Kick; The Best Thing for You; Thou Swell; The Song Is You; Mosquito Knees; Parker. I brani sono interpretati da Stan Getz.

CD 3:
Yesterdays – Art Tatum; Willow Weep for Me –Art Tatum; Gershwin Medley: The Man I Love/Tatum Plays Pretty –Art Tatum; I Know That You Know –Art Tatum; Humoresque –Art Tatum; The Kerry Dance; Boogie Woogie-Art Tatum; Someone to Watch Over Me -Art Tatum; How High Is the Moon -Art Tatum; Just Bop -Gene Norman's Just Jazz; Sweet Georgia Bop-Gene Norman's Just Jazz; Swanee River Boogie -Gene Norman's Just Jazz; Yancey Special -Gene Norman's Just Jazz; St. Louis Blues Boogie-Gene Norman's Just Jazz; J.J. Boogie-Gene Norman's Just Jazz; No Rollin' Blues –Jimmy Witherspoon; Big Fine Girl –Jimmy Witherspoon; I'm Gonna Let Him Ride -Blues Jubilee Concert /Helen Humes; If I Could Be with You -Blues Jubilee Concert /Helen Humes; Be-Baba-Leba -Blues Jubilee Concert / Helen Humes; Million Dollar Secret -Blues Jubilee Concert/Helen Humes.

CD 4:
Charlie's Choice / Swing to Bop-Charlie Christian; Stompin' at the Savoy-Charlie Christian; Star Dust (I) -Dizzy Gillespie; Kerouac -Dizzy Gillespie; Star Dust-Dizzy Gillespie; Up On Teddy's Hill-Charlie Christian; Guy's Got to Go-Charlie Christian; Lips Flips / On with Charlie Christian-Charlie Christian; Down On Teddy's Hill / Pagin' Dr. Christian/I Got Rhythm / Rhythm-A-Ning -Charlie Christian.

CD 5:
Muskrat Ramble –Lu Watters, Frankie and Johnny -Lu Watters; Alcoholic Blues -Lu Watters; Bee's Knees -Lu Watters; High Society –Lu Watters; Aunt Hagar's Blues -Lu Watters; Doin the Hambone -Lu Watters; My Little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle-Lu Watters; 12th Street Rag -Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band; Eh! La-Bas! -Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band; Savoy Blues -Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band; Tiger Rag -Kid Ory's Creole Jazz Band; That's A-Plenty –Bob Scobey; Beale Street Mama –Bob Scobey; Coney Island Washboard – Bob Scobey; Wolverine Blues –Bob Scobey.

CD 6:
My Old Flame; Air Conditioning; Bongo Beep [Bird Feathers]; Dewey Square; Out of Nowhere; Hot Blues [Cool Blues]; Schnourphology [Bird Feathers]; Bongo Beep [Diggin' Diz]; Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?); Be-Bop; Don't Blame Me; Scrapple from the Apple; How Deep Is the Ocean?; Blues; Dark Shadows; Embraceable You. I brani sono interpretati da Charlie Parker.

CD 7:
Dynamo A [Dizzy Atmosphere] – Dizzy Gillespie; Dynamo B [Dizzy Atmosphere] – Dizzy Gillespie; Superman [The Hymn] -Charlie Parker; Move -Fats Navarro; Bird Blues [Slam Slam Blues] -Red Norvo and His Selected Sextet; Night Music –Hank Jones Quintet; Bird of Paradise –Charlie Parker; Trumpet at Tempo -Howard McGhee; Sleepwalker Boogie -James Moody; Dorothy -Howard McGhee; Surrender –James Moody; Stoptime Blues -James Moody; Turnip Blood -James Moody; Night Mist -Howard McGhee; Coolie-Rini -James Moody; You –James Moody; B.C. Blues [Melrose Blues] -Buck Clayton; Diga Diga Doo -Buck Clayton; Love Me or Leave Me -Buck Clayton; We're in the Money -Buck Clayton; Happy Medium [Catlett-Clysm] -Hot Lips Page; Bloodhound -Hot Lips Page Al's Tune – Howard McGhee; Dimitar-Howard McGhee.

CD 8:
Scatter-Brain; Through a Long and Sleepless Night; Let a Song Go to My Heart; Jitterbug Waltz; Deep Purple; What Is This Thing Called Love; Again; Goodbye; Tippin' Out with Erroll; Relaxin' at Sugar Ray's; Minor with the Trio; The Quaker; Cologne; No Moon; Lazy River; Bonny Boy; Early in Paris; These Foolish Things Remind Me of You. I brani sono interpretati da Erroll Garner.

CD 9:
Tell Your Story -Meade Lux Lewis; Twos and Fews -Albert Ammons; Chicago in Mind-Albert Ammons; Sunrise Boogie -Blind John Davis; Suitcase Blues -Albert Ammons; Rising Tide Blues -Meade Lux Lewis; Bass Goin' Crazy -Albert Ammons; Rockin' in Boogie -Blind John Davis; Boogie Woogie Stomp -Albert Ammons; Boogie Woogie Blues -Albert Ammons; Bass on Top -Meade Lux Lewis; Six Wheel Chaser -Meade Lux Lewis; Tell Your Story No -Meade Lux Lewis; Chicago Flyer -Meade Lux Lewis; Blues Whistle Boogie [Whistlin' Blues] -Meade Lux Lewis; O Sole Mio -Blind John Davis; Paris Boogie -Blind John Davis; Davis Boogie -Blind John Davis; Home Town Blues -Blind John Davis; Everybody's Got the Blues -Blind John Davis; How Long Blues -Blind John Davis.

Cd 10:
Move On Up a Little Higher; Amazing Grace; I Can Put My Trust in Jesus; Get Away Jordan; Go Tell It on the Mountain; Since the Fire Started Burning in My Soul; Silent Night; I Am Glad Salvation Is Free; Dig a Little Deeper in God's Love; I Gave Up Everything to Follow Him; Let the Power of the Holy Ghost Fall on Me; Shall I Meet You Over Yonder?; In My Home Over There; I Do, Don't You; The Last Mile of the Way; In the Upper Room. I brani sono interpretati da Mahalia Jackson.

CD 11:
Every Time I Feel the Spirit; Sign of the Judgment; The World Prayer; Every Day and Every Hour; I'll Go; God's Got His Eyes on You; Jesus, Jesus; Calvary; The Day Is Passed and Gone; On the Battlefield; He Never Left Me Alone; Blessed Are the Dead; Lord Jesus; Moaning Blues; Stomp Boogie. I brani sono interpretati da The Spirit of Memphis Quartet.

CD 12:
Bloodshot Eyes -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Luscious Woman -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Teardrops from My Eyes -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Oh Babe! -Wynonie Harris With Lucky Millinder & His Orchestra; Mr Blues Is Coming to Town -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Here Comes the Night -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Just Like Two Drops of Water -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Good Rockin' Tonight -Wynonie Harris and His All Stars; Slim Gaillard's Boogie – Slim Gaillard and His Boogiereeners; Voot Orenee -Slim Gaillard and His Boogiereeners; I'm a Hi-Ballin Daddy – Tiny Bradshaw; Brad's Blues –Tiny Bradshaw; Ring-a-Ding-Doo –Little Esther; Ramblin Blues -Little Esther; That's What You're Doing to Me –The Dominoes; Have Mercy Baby -The Dominoes; Flamingo –Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; Sleep –Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You –Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; Moonglow –Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; Ain't Misbehavin – Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; Linger Awhile – Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; Lover Come Back to Me– Earl Bostic and His Orchestra; Seven Steps –Earl Bostic and His Orchestra.

CD 13:
Mamie's Blues; Michigan Water Blues; Buddy Bolden's Blues; Winin' Boy Blues; Don't You Leave Me Here; Original Rag; The Naked Dance; The Crave; Mister Joe; King Porter Stomp; Sweet Substitute; Panama; Good Old New York; Big Lip Blues; Dirty, Dirty, Dirty; Swinging the Elks; Get the Bucket; Shake It; Mama's Got a Baby; My Home Is in a Southern Town; Why?; If You Knew. I brani sono interpretati da Jelly Roll Morton.

CD 14:
Somebody Loves Me; Crazy Chris; A Foggy Day; Lyon's Busy; Mam'selle; Me and My Shadow; At a Perfume Counter; Frenesi; This Can't Be Love; Look for the Silver Lining; My Romance; Just One of Those Things; Star Dust; Lulu's Back in Town; Alice in Wonderland; All the Things You Are; I May Be Wrong; My Heart Stood Still; Let's Fall In Love. I brani sono interpretati da Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond Quartet.

CD 15:
Dear Old Stockholm -Miles Davis; Woody 'N' You-Miles Davis; Yesterdays-Miles Davis; Chance It-Miles Davis; Donna Lee-Miles Davis; How Deep Is The Ocean-Miles Davis; Tempus Fugit-Miles Davis; Enigma-Miles Davis; Ray's Idea-Miles Davis; Kelo-Miles Davis; I Waited For You-Miles Davis; C.T.A-Miles Davis;Bouncing With Bud-Bud Powell/Fats Navarro; Wail-Bud Powell/Fats Navarro;nd Street Theme-Bud Powell/Fats Navarro; Dance Of The Infidels-Bud Powell/Fats Navarro; Humph-Thelonious Monk; Misterioso-Thelonious Monk;; 'Round Midnight-Thelonious Monk;; Well, You Needn't-Thelonius Monk.

CD 16:
Little White Lies -Tarl Farlow; I've Got You Under My Skin -Tarl Farlow; I Get a Kick Out of You -Tarl Farlow; Move -Tarl Farlow; I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me -Tarl Farlow; I'll Remember April -Tarl Farlow; Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart -Tarl Farlow; September Song -Tarl Farlow; This Can't Be Love -Tarl Farlow; If I Had You -Tarl Farlow; Cheek to Cheek -Tarl Farlow; Time and Tide -Tarl Farlow; Godchild -Tarl Farlow; I'm Yours -Tarl Farlow; Night and Day -Tarl Farlow; Swedish Pastry -Tarl Farlow; Moon Over Miami -George Shearing Quintet; Midnight on Cloud -George Shearing Quintet; Life with Feather -George Shearing Quintet; Cherokee -George Shearing Quintet; Bebop's Fables -George Shearing Quintet; Sorry Wrong Rhumba -George Shearing Quintet; Cotton Top -George Shearing Quintet; Four Bars Short -George Shearing Quintet.

CD 17:
Bernie's Tune; Walking Shoes; Nights at the Turntable; Lullaby of the Leaves; Utter Chaos; Frees; Freeway; Soft Shoe; Aren't You Glad You're You?; Carson City Stage; Cherry; Makin' Whoopee; Motel; I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me; Sextet; Lover Man; Oh, Lady Be Good; I May Be Wrong; I'm Beginning to See the Light; The Nearness of You; Tea for Two; Love Me or Leave Me; Jeru; Utter Chaos; Darn That Dream; Swing House. I brani sono interpretati da Gerry Mulligan.

CD 18:
Isn't It Romantic; Maid in Mexico; Imagination; This Time the Dream's on Me; Winter Wonderland; Russ Job; Easy to Love; Batter Up; The Lamp Is Low; No Ties; Band Aid; The Thrill Is Gone; All the Things You Are; Long Ago and Far Away; Happy Little Sunbeam; Moon Love; Bea's Flat. I brani sono interpretati da Chet Baker.

CD 19:
Rose of the Rio Grande; All of Me; Shine; Sweet Georgia Brown; Black and Blue; Ding Dong Daddy; Original Dixieland One-Step; Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me; There'll Be Some Changes Made; That's a Plenty; Ballin' the Jack; Avalon; Lazy River. That's a Plenty. I brani sono interpretati da Sidney Bechet.

CD 20:
New Lester Leaps In; She 's Funny That Way; Lester's Be Bop Boogie; You Are Driving Me Crazy; D.B. Blues; Lester Blows Again; The Sheik of Araby; Something to Remember You By; Tea for Two; East of the Sun; After You've Gone; I'm Confessin (That I Love You); Movin' with Lester; Easy Does It; One O'Clock Jump; Every Tub [Jumpin' at the Woodside]; These Foolish Things; Jumpin' at Mesner's; Jumpin' with Symphony Sid; No Eyes Blues; Lester Smooths It Out; Just Cooling; Sunday; On the Sunny Side of the Street. I brani sono interpretati da Lester Young.

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Title: Jazz from America on Disques Vogue | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Sony Music

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