The Smithsonian Anthology

Music CD - 2010
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Published: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Folkways, p2010.
ISBN: 9780970494214
Branch Call Number: CD JAZZ JAZZ
Characteristics: 6 sound discs :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 21, 2019

Fantastic. Dozens of tracks, ranging from 1920s Blues to a Vietnamese xylophonist. Probably no one will like everything in this six-disk collection, but guaranteed you will find something wonderful you had never known. As you'll realize when it arrives, this is quite expensive for your library to acquire, upwards of $100, so you'll likely have wait a while--more than six months for me--but absolutely worth it.

Sep 04, 2016

Ditto on all the comments below, so worth the wait, if you don't request it now, you'll just have to wait that much longer for it! Unless you just go buy-it now.

Sep 02, 2016

GREAT 6 CD and fab Smithsonian Folkways set covering LOTS of jazz; excellent listening - and learning!

Jun 19, 2015

I checked this set out to learn more about jazz, as I have no knowledge. I am enjoying it a lot but there is no info on who I am listening to, so I am not learning anything

Nov 03, 2014

No other box set includes the number of artists and selections as "Jazz The Smithsonian Anthology". These are all selections selected to be saved by the Smithsonian Museum to save as significant works of jazz recordings. You have everything from traditional jazz of the 1920's and 1930's which we will call the "Birth of the Blues". Then it moves into the 1940's rich was the rise of "Big Band Jazz" such as the Ellington Orchestra. Then in late 1940' and 1940's we have more jazz with trio's and quartets. In the 1950's we have bebop and other forms of jazz. The 1960's to present as brought fusion jazz artists to the forefront, while still have solo artists, trio's and quartets. Don't think the 6 cd set forgets vocalists, because it starts by Bessie Smith and ends with Ella Fitzgerald. The book that comes with the cd's is like a reference book on Jazz Recording. The whole set weighs more than 5 pounds. It is beautifully packaged in a clear plastic carrying case with an interior box with the book and cd's. You really have to see "Jazz The Smithsonian Anthology" to appreciate the quality of the entire package. One thing you can do right away is look at the contents. It reads like the almanac of jazz artists. Hope you get to hear this beautifully done project by the Smithsonian Museum. I have never seen anything close to it before!


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