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Various Artists: The Complete Norman Granz Jam Sessions (1952-54) 2004

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This compilation:
Released: 2004
Label: Verve – B0003252

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Disc 1 – Jams #1 and #2

01 Digipack

Track list:

1-01. Jam Blues 14:44
1-02. Ballad Medley: 17:26
1-02a. All The Things You Are
1-02b. Dearly Beloved
1-02c. The Nearness Of You
1-02d. I’ll Get By
1-02e. Everything Happens To Me
1-02f. The Man I Love
1-02g. What’s New?
1-02h. Someone To Watch Over Me
1-02i. Isn’t It Romantic?
1-03. What Is This Thing Called Love? 15:53
1-04. Funky Blues 13:28

Personnel:

Charlie Shavers: trumpet
Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker: alto sax
Flip Philips, Ben Webster: tenor sax
Oscar Peterson: piano
Barney Kessel: guitar
Ray Brown: bass
J.C. Heard: drums

Soloist order:
#1-01: Phillips, Carter, Peterson, Parker, Kessel, Webster, Hodges, Shavers
#1-02: a) Kessel, b) Parker, c) Webster, d) Hodges, e) Peterson, f) Brown, g) Phillips, h) Shavers, i) Carter
#1-03: Peterson, Webster, Shavers, Hodges, Kessel, Carter, Phillips, Parker, Peterson, Brown
#1-04: Hodges, Parker, Carter, Peterson, Kessel, Shavers, Phillips, Webster, Peterson

Recorded at: Radio Recorders (Hollywood); June 17, 1952
Supervised by Norman Granz

Original LP issue:
#1-01,1-02: Jam Session #1 Clef MGC-601
#1-03,1-04: Jam Session #2 Clef MGC-602

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Disc 2 – Jams #3 and #4

02 Digipack

Track list:

2-01. Apple Jam 12:01
2-02. Ballad Medley: 13:30
2-02a. Indian Summer
2-02b. Willow Weep For Me
2-02c. If I Had You
2-02d. (I Don’t Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You
2-02e. Love Walked In
2-02f. Sophisticated Lady
2-02g. Nancy (With The Laughing Face)
2-02h. I Hadn’t Anyone Till You
2-03. Oh Lady Be Good 19:53
2-04. Blues For the Count 15:43

Personnel:

Harry ‘Sweets’ Eddison: trumpet
Buddy DeFranco: clarinet
Benny Carter, Willie Smith: alto sax
Stan Getz, Wardell Gray: tenor sax
Count Basie: piano (2-01,03), organ (2-04)
Ross Arnold: piano (2-02,04)
Freddie Green: guitar
John Simmons: bass
Buddy Rich: drums

Soloist order:
#2-01: Basie, Gray, Carter, DeFranco, Getz, Smith, Edison
#2-02: a) Smith, b) Getz, c) Edison, d) Gray, e) Ross, f) Simmons, g) DeFranco, h) Carter
#2-03: Basie, Getz, Gray, Edison, Carter, Smith, DeFranco
#2-04: Carter, Smith, DeFranco, Edison, Gray, Getz, Rich

Recorded at: Radio Recorders (Hollywood); August 18, 1952
Supervised by Norman Granz

Original LP issue:
#2-01,2-02: Jam Session #3 Clef MGC-4003
#2-03,2-04: Jam Session #4 Clef MGC-4004

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Disc 3 – Jams #5 and #6

03 Digipack

Track list:

3-01. Jamming For Clef 13:43
3-02. Rose Room 22:39
3-03. Stompin’ at the Savoy-Part 1 12:22
3-04. Stompin’ at the Savoy-Part 2 16:21

Personnel:

3-01,3-02:
Roy Eldridge: trumpet
Johnny Hodges: alto sax
Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips: tenor sax
Lionel Hampton: vibes
Oscar Peterson: piano
Ray Brown: bass
Buddy Rich: drums

3-03,3-04:
Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet
Bill Harris: trombone
Buddy DeFranco: clarinet
Flip Phillips: tenor sax
Oscar Peterson: piano
Herb Ellis: guitar
Ray Brown: bass
Louis Bellson: drums

Soloist order:
#3-01: Jacquest, Eldridge, Hodges, Peterson, Phillips, Brown, Hampton
#3-02: Hodges, Eldridge, Phillips, Peterson, Jacquet, Hampton
#3-03: Phillips, Harris, DeFranco
#3-04: Peterson, Ellis, Gillespie, Elderidge

Recorded at: Radio Recorders (Hollywood); October 30, 1954
Supervised by Norman Granz

Original LP issue:
#3-01,3-02: Jam Session #5 Clef MGC-4005
#3-03,3-04: Norman Granz’ Jam Session #6 Clef MGC-656

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Disc 4 – Jams #7 and #8

04 Digipack

Track list:

4-01. Blue Lou 13:20
4-02. Just You, Just Me  23:42
4-03. Jam Blues 17:42
4-04. Ballad Medley: 21:25
4-04a. Tenderly
4-04b. I’ve Got The World On A String
4-04c. What’s New?
4-04d. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
4-04e. Don’t Blame Me
4-04f. Imagination
4-04g. Someone To Watch Over Me
4-04h. Body And Soul
4-04i. She’s Funny That Way

Personnel:

Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet
Johnny Hodges: alto sax
Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Ben Webster: tenor sax
Lionel Hampton: vibes
Oscar Peterson: piano
Ray Brown: bass
Buddy Rich: drums

Soloist order:
#4-01: Eldridge, Webster, Hampton, Phillips, Hodges, Peterson, Jacquet, Gillespie
#4-02: Phillips, Webster, Jacquet, Gillespie, Eldridge, Hodges, Peterson, Hampton
#4-03: Hmapton, Peterson, Hodges, Webster, Eldridge, Phillips, Gillespie, Jacquet, Hampton
#4-04: a) Hampton, b) Phillips, c) Gillespie, d) Hodges, e) Jacquet, f) Peterson, g) Webster, h) Brown i) Eldridge

Recorded in New York City; September 2, 1953
Supervised by Norman Granz

Original LP issue:
#4-01,4-02: Norman Granz’ Jam Session #7 Clef MGC-667
#4-03,4-04: Norman Granz’ Jam Session #8 Clef MGC-711

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Disc 5 – Jam #9

05 Digipack

Track list:

5-01. Funky Blues 23:54
5-02. Lullaby In Rhythm 23:44

Personnel:

Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet
Bill Harris: trombone
Buddy DeFranco: clarinet
Flip Phillips: tenor sax
Oscar Peterson: piano
Herb Ellis: guitar
Ray Brown: bass
Louis Bellson: drums

Soloist order:
#5-01: Eldridge, Phillips, Harris, Ellis, Gillespie, Peterson, DeFranco, Eldridge
#5-02: Peterson, Harris, Phillips, Ellis, Bellson, DeFranco, Eldridge, Gillespie, Bellson

Recorded at: Radio Recorder (Hollywood); October 30, 1954
Supervised by Norman Granz

Original LP issue:
#5-01,5-02: Norman Granz’ Jam Session #9 Verve MGV-8196

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This compilation:
Released: 2004
Label: Verve

Producer: Bryan Koniarz
Mastered by Bob Irwin, Jayme Pieruzzi, Kip Smith at Sundazed Studios (Coxsackie, NY)

Art directed by Hollis King
Designed by: Christian Calabro
Photograph research: cynthia Sesso

Executive Producer: Ken Druker
Project Assistance by Carolyn Freeman, Emma Pascarella, Mark Smith

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Review from All About Jazz:

Jazz impresario Norman Granz was one of the greatest benefactors of the “jam session concept in jazz history.

His Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts (many of which were documented since the first in July 1944) offer a major slice of this music’s history, starting off with the legends he invited to perform.

This extraordinary five-CD box set, compiling Granz’s individually released nine volumes of studio jam sessions from 1952-54, beckons to be absorbed in a single sitting and deserves multiple return visits.

What’s heard herein are the “Dream Teams of jazz, if there ever was such a thing.

The players include trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Harry “Sweets Edison, Charlie Shavers, and Dizzy Gillespie; altoists Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, and Willie Smith; tenorists Stan Getz, Wardell Gray, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, and Ben Webster; guitarists Herb Ellis, Freddie Green, and Barney Kessel; vibraphonist Lionel Hampton; clarinetist Buddy DeFranco; and rhythm sections featuring the likes of Oscar Peterson and/or Count Basie; bassist Ray Brown; drummers Louie Bellson or Buddy Rich… well, you get the idea.

We’re talking about jazz giants, one and all. It simply doesn’t get much better than this!

Part cutting contest, each of these sessions utilizes blues-based riffs, jazz standards, and ballad medleys to serve not only as jousting platforms between the era’s top instrumentalists but also as spotlight features, yielding some of the most memorable, undiluted (all being first takes with no edits), and extended solos in many of these musicians’ careers.

You get to hear serious and immediately identifiable instrumental voices right next to one another, even back to back as distinguishing foils.

The since classic thirteen-plus minute “Funky Blues (from Jam Session #2) is exemplary, featuring opening solos by three of the alto saxophone’s prime architects: Hodges followed by Bird followed by Carter! Everyone got a chance to shine and improvise in a Granz jam, which represented the concept of democracy at its best.

The superb packaging includes all the information you’d ever need, from the order of soloists (to help identification and differentiation for beginners) and musician bios to reproductions of the classic David Stone Martin cover art.
Granz left everything musical squarely up to the musicians, who didn’t worry about time constraints and could stretch out to their heart’s desire—thus the music and the musicians spoke for themselves.

The final volume, Jam Session #9, is comprised of two tracks with over fifty minutes worth of absolute classic jazz done in Granz’s grand recording fashion.

This collection is a jazz history lesson, so be sure to listen closely and study it carefully.

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