258

Various Artists: Priceless Jazz Collection Sampler

Robert Spencer By

Sign in to view read count
Okay, so your officemate, or your son, for goodness' sake, comes up and asks you, "What is this 'jazz,' anyway?" Time to haul out GRP's Priceless Jazz Collection Sampler. You get Billie Holiday sounding a trifle detached ("Good Morning Heartache"); Ella Fitzgerald scatting with as much verve as ever ("Oh, Lady Be Good"); Louis Armstrong playing no trumpet at all but singing as paradoxically sweetly as his famously grainy voice ever managed to allow ("What a Wonderful World"); Johnny Hartman lending his lushest of voices to the lushest of tunes ("Lush Life" — and yes, that's John Coltrane playing that yearning, brilliantine tenor saxophone); 'Trane in a sunny and straightforward mood ("Bessie's Blues"); Sonny Rollins sounding bright, rich and adventurous ("Three Little Words"); Pharoah Sanders in one of the most compelling of his avant-jungle early Seventies workouts ("Thembi"); Charles Mingus swinging extra hard ("Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul"); Duke Ellington showing the world where Mingus learned his stuff ("The Jeep is Jumpin'"); Gato Barbieri taking us way down South-and I mean way down ("Milonga Triste"); and Chick Corea in a delightful trio spin from 1989 ("Spain").

What more could you ask for? Almost everyone is shown to good effect. The cuts are all good. The question would be, Who needs a sampler like this? Well, T. S. Monk was in Jazz Times not long ago decrying jazz's "welfare mentality" and calling for better marketing of this music. Perhaps this is a step in the right direction. Now if every jazz fan would buy a copy to give to a jazz-hating friend, maybe, just maybe...


Title: Priceless Jazz Collection Sampler | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: GRP Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Triple Double CD/LP/Track Review Triple Double
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 21, 2017
Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Aqustico vol 2" CD/LP/Track Review Aqustico vol 2
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "The BBC Sessions Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review The BBC Sessions Vol. 1
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: October 29, 2016
Read "The Wild" CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 15, 2017
Read "Sabiduria/Wisdom" CD/LP/Track Review Sabiduria/Wisdom
by James Nadal
Published: April 21, 2017
Read "ScratchBop" CD/LP/Track Review ScratchBop
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Steelonious" CD/LP/Track Review Steelonious
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: December 6, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.