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Next batch (not out yet):

1450 Benny Goodman 1951-1952

1451 Illinois Jacquet 1953-1955

1452 Bud Powell 1953-1954

1453 Jess Stacy 1951-1955

1454 Oscar Pettiford 1954-1955

Other recent releases not mentioned in this thread:

1430 Thelonious Monk 1951-1952

1431 Sidney Bechet 1952 Vol. 2

1432 Duke Ellington 1953 Vol. 2

1433 Gene Krupa 1953-1954

1434 Joe Bushkin 1940-1946

1435 Stan Getz 1954

1436 Benny Goodman 1949-1951

1437 Slim Gaillard 1951-1953

1438 Benny Carter 1954

1439 Charlie Barnet 1940 Vol. 2

1440 Earl Hines 1953-1954

1441 Django Reinhardt 1951-1953

1442 Beryl Booker 1953-1954

1443 Eddie ”Lockjaw” Davis 1953-1955

1444 Gerald Wilson 1946-1954

And here are the recent Blues & Rhythm titles not mentioned previously in this thread. Since this series hasn't had the problems the jazz series has, there are quite a few of them.

5110 Jimmy McCracklin 1948-1951

5111 Sarah McLawler 1950-1953

5112 Bill Samuels 1945-1947

5113 Ivory Joe Hunter 1950-1951

5114 Percy Mayfield 1947-1951

5115 The Clovers 1950-1953

5116 Effie Smith 1945-1953

5117 Amos Milburn 1950-1951

5118 T-Bone Walker 1950-1952

5119 Julia Lee 1927-1946

5120 Billy Ward 1950-1953

5121 Charlie Singleton 1949-1953

5122 Lowell Fulson 1948-1949

5123 Martha Davis 1946-1951

5124 Big Bill Broonzy 1951-1952

5125 Joe Morris 1950-1953

5126 Lavern Baker 1949-1954

5127 Gatemouth Brown 1952-1954

5128 J.B. Lenoir 1951-1954

5129 King Perry 1950-1954

5130 Floyd Jones 1948-1953

5131 Lil Green 1947-1951

5132 Hank Ballard 1952-1954

5133 Lightnin’ Hopkins 1950-1951

5134 Ray Charles 1953-1954

5135 Willis Jackson 1950-1954

5136 Lula Reed 1950-1954

5137 Leroy Foster 1948-1952

5138 Johnny Ace 1951-1954

5139 Guitar Slim 1951-1954

5140 Otis Blackwell 1952-1954

5141 Faye Adams 1952-1954

5142 Clyde McPhatter 1953-1954

5143 ”Sugar Boy” Crawford 1953-1954

5144 Julia Lee 1947

5145 Larry Darnell 1949-1951

5146 Tiny Grimes 1951-1954

5147 Little Esther 1951-1954

5148 B.B. King 1952-1954

5149 Saunders King 1948-1954

5150 Percy Mayfield 1951-1954

5151 Titus Turner 1949-1954

5152 T-Bone Walker 1952-1954

5153 Lonnie Johnson 1949-1952

5154 Willie Mabon 1949-1954

5155 Joe Liggins 1950-1952

5156 Bull Moose Jackson 1950-1953

5157 J.T. Brown 1950-1954

5158 Amos Milburn 1952-1953

5159 Todd Rhodes 1952-1954

5160 Hawks/Bees 1953-1954

5161 Tommy Ridgley 1949-1955

5162 Johnny Otis 1951

5163 Johnny Sparrow 1949-1955

5164 Lowell Fulson 1949-1951

5165 Jimmy Witherspoon 1950-1951

5166 Smiley Lewis 1947-1952

5167 Little Junior Parker 1952-1955

5168 Sticks McGhee 1951-1955

5169 Dave Bartholomew 1952-1955

5170 Big Jay McNeely 1953-1955

5171 Sunnyland Slim 1952-1955

5172 Johnny ’Guitar’ Watson 1952-1955

5173 Viviane Greene 1947-1955

5174 Earl King 1953-1955

5175 Bill Doggett 1954

5176 Ike Turner 1951-1954

5177 Lonnie Johnson 1948-1949

5178 Billy Ward And His Dominoes 1953-1954

5179 Earl Bostic 1954-1955

5180 Jimmy McCracklin 1951-1954

5181 Ruth Brown 1954-1956

5182 Rusty Bryant 1952-1954

5183 Little Walter 1953-1955

5184 J.B. Lenoir 1955-1956

5185 Stomp Gordon 1952-1956

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One in the Blues series that I just picked up and heartily recommend is Johnny Sparrow (and his Bows and Arrows). He's a fine tenor player I've never heard of before--but he played with Jay McShann, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton in the 1940s. The music could easily fit in the jazz Classics series, as it ranges from a jazz/early rhythm and blues hybrid to mainstream jazz, mostly with unidentified musicians. He had one instrumental hit on the r&b charts, Sparrow's Flight, but these recordings are said to constitute his complete work as a leader. He's not Bird, or the Hawk, but the Sparrow is indeed a worthy player.

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I've got the Gotham material by Johnny Sparrow on a Collectables cd. . . I agree, nice stuff!

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Does Schenker write "To be continued..." at the end of the liner notes, as he usually does? If so, I suppose Classics intends to release more Tatum volumes. However, the CD you mention ends with the 9 first Clef/Verve sides (later on Pablo), and you can already get all the 1953-56 Norman Granz recordings on Pablo CDs, unless Concord recently has deleted them too. I have all 8 Group CDs, and wholeheartedly recommend them. Really superb stuff. I haven't got any of the Solo CDs (yet) though.

As much as I like several of the group sessions, the solos are even better!

Not to be taken at too large chuncks, but astonishing from the first to the last beat!

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From a machine translation of that article:

All the Chronogical collection will be gradually available in ABEILLE Musique which is its new distributor. Soon, the 3000 titles will be downloadable directly on the site.

I wonder how it's going with that. A number of OOP titles were reprinted quite some time ago, but has anything happened since then?

By the way, even new Classics titles seem to be poorly distributed, unfortunately.

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From a machine translation of that article:

All the Chronogical collection will be gradually available in ABEILLE Musique which is its new distributor. Soon, the 3000 titles will be downloadable directly on the site.

I wonder how it's going with that. A number of OOP titles were reprinted quite some time ago, but has anything happened since then?

By the way, even new Classics titles seem to be poorly distributed, unfortunately.

Like many other labels, Classics is faced with THE threatening problem of the internet-age: Re-pressing CDs is a risky (if not foolish) task when more that a few of these show up on sites where they can be downloaded for free - booklets and all included... That's very frustrating - to say the least !

The same thing actually happened with several volumes of the Ellington- and Peterson-series which are still commercially available: The consequence is NOT that Classics stops business but things have to slow down a bit and changes will be made. As soon as I know more, I'll let you all know.

Edited by Jaffa

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What about Ellington from 1938-1940? I just bought 1932, 1932-1933 plus the third of the 6CD Ellington boxes (1933-1938), and I'd definitely be glad to get the ones filling up the gap to the 1940 Blanton/Webster recordings (which I have as part of the RCA 24CD set). Will those be re-pressed?

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Abeille Musique, the French distributors of the Chronological Classics series currently has many discs from the catalogue available at €7,44 a CD.

Chronological Classics

Time to stock up for fans of the label!

And now Abeille has many discs at 5,58 €! Check it out:

http://www.abeillemusique.com/result.php?p...2&label=337

Seems like they have several of the Ellingtons too.

- Jostein

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Yes, I know, but there are gaps there. I think 1938 produced three volumes, and only 1938-1939 is there (the box I got ends with 1937-1938, there are at least two volumes in between I think - going from memory, though). Then 1939 is missing, and 1939-1940 is out of stock... after that, most or all of the volumes seem to be available again, but those years I've mostly covered with the RCA box. What will be of interest again though is the later Columbia sessions (beginning after the mid-forties Victor dates end). I have not yet sorted those out with "Uptown", "Masterpieces", and the few other discs from that period that I already own - and also I haven't given up hope entirely yet for a Columbia (or Mosaic) Ellington Columbia box (Mosaic could do the 4? to 5? Ellington on Columbia, covering the last few years before the albums replaced 78s and other formats, assuming the albums are mostly out on CDs already by Columbia themselves (or rather Sony, nowadays).

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Yes, 3 volumes of 1938.

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Yes, 3 volumes of 1938.

Thanks Chuck - I'll have to check the discographies to figure out how badly I need which of these volumes (some of it is on the Small Group Mosaic, and from 1940 on, most is in the RCA box, I assume).

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Yes, I know, but there are gaps there. I think 1938 produced three volumes, and only 1938-1939 is there (the box I got ends with 1937-1938, there are at least two volumes in between I think - going from memory, though). Then 1939 is missing, and 1939-1940 is out of stock... after that, most or all of the volumes seem to be available again, but those years I've mostly covered with the RCA box. What will be of interest again though is the later Columbia sessions (beginning after the mid-forties Victor dates end). I have not yet sorted those out with "Uptown", "Masterpieces", and the few other discs from that period that I already own - and also I haven't given up hope entirely yet for a Columbia (or Mosaic) Ellington Columbia box (Mosaic could do the 4? to 5? Ellington on Columbia, covering the last few years before the albums replaced 78s and other formats, assuming the albums are mostly out on CDs already by Columbia themselves (or rather Sony, nowadays).

Maybe you can check directly with Abeille? abeilledirect@abeillemusique.com

This site lists the Duke Ellington on Chronological Classics:

http://www.depanorama.net/cds.htm

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Wow, I just spent two hours figuring this out...

I guess for the 1938-1940 period I'll stick with the (still to be bought) Mosaic Small Group set.

The years 1940-1946 are covered (RCA)

The years 1946-50 have another bunch of Columbia (& Mercer & Musicraft) dates I don't have any of...

Classics 1952 and 1952-53 are covered mostly by the RCA box, "Uptown" and then by the Capitol Mosaic.

Classics 1950 is covered by "Great Time" (Fantasy CD) and "Masterpieces", mostly.

I'll order Classics 1946-47, 1947, 1949-50 and 1950-51, I think. The last of which seems to be hard to find by now...

Not yet sure about Classics 1951, as about half of it is on "Uptown" and "Masterpieces" - can anyone recommend it for the music I don't have yet?

It would definitely be great to see a Columbia big band box - surfing around the Ellington Panorama site I see there's plenty of later Columbia material that has only been on those three 56-62 LPs (some of it may be on "Piano in the Foreground" and "Piano in the Background" as bonus tracks, though - didn't check that).

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Wow, I just spent two hours figuring this out...

I guess for the 1938-1940 period I'll stick with the (still to be bought) Mosaic Small Group set.

The years 1940-1946 are covered (RCA)

The years 1946-50 have another bunch of Columbia (& Mercer & Musicraft) dates I don't have any of...

Classics 1952 and 1952-53 are covered mostly by the RCA box, "Uptown" and then by the Capitol Mosaic.

Classics 1950 is covered by "Great Time" (Fantasy CD) and "Masterpieces", mostly.

I'll order Classics 1946-47, 1947, 1949-50 and 1950-51, I think. The last of which seems to be hard to find by now...

Not yet sure about Classics 1951, as about half of it is on "Uptown" and "Masterpieces" - can anyone recommend it for the music I don't have yet?

It would definitely be great to see a Columbia big band box - surfing around the Ellington Panorama site I see there's plenty of later Columbia material that has only been on those three 56-62 LPs (some of it may be on "Piano in the Foreground" and "Piano in the Background" as bonus tracks, though - didn't check that).

That Classics Duke Ellington 1940 Vol.2 is such an incredible set of songs it is really worth having.

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Wow, I just spent two hours figuring this out...

I guess for the 1938-1940 period I'll stick with the (still to be bought) Mosaic Small Group set.

The years 1940-1946 are covered (RCA)

The years 1946-50 have another bunch of Columbia (& Mercer & Musicraft) dates I don't have any of...

Classics 1952 and 1952-53 are covered mostly by the RCA box, "Uptown" and then by the Capitol Mosaic.

Classics 1950 is covered by "Great Time" (Fantasy CD) and "Masterpieces", mostly.

I'll order Classics 1946-47, 1947, 1949-50 and 1950-51, I think. The last of which seems to be hard to find by now...

Not yet sure about Classics 1951, as about half of it is on "Uptown" and "Masterpieces" - can anyone recommend it for the music I don't have yet?

It would definitely be great to see a Columbia big band box - surfing around the Ellington Panorama site I see there's plenty of later Columbia material that has only been on those three 56-62 LPs (some of it may be on "Piano in the Foreground" and "Piano in the Background" as bonus tracks, though - didn't check that).

That Classics Duke Ellington 1940 Vol.2 is such an incredible set of songs it is really worth having.

Those are the first RCA sessions of the Blanton/Webster band - indeed terrific music! I'm lucky to have bad ears, so the sound on the big RCA box doesn't bother me too much and I don't need to get additional versions of that music...

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Wow, I just spent two hours figuring this out...

I guess for the 1938-1940 period I'll stick with the (still to be bought) Mosaic Small Group set.

The years 1940-1946 are covered (RCA)

The years 1946-50 have another bunch of Columbia (& Mercer & Musicraft) dates I don't have any of...

Classics 1952 and 1952-53 are covered mostly by the RCA box, "Uptown" and then by the Capitol Mosaic.

Classics 1950 is covered by "Great Time" (Fantasy CD) and "Masterpieces", mostly.

I'll order Classics 1946-47, 1947, 1949-50 and 1950-51, I think. The last of which seems to be hard to find by now...

Not yet sure about Classics 1951, as about half of it is on "Uptown" and "Masterpieces" - can anyone recommend it for the music I don't have yet?

It would definitely be great to see a Columbia big band box - surfing around the Ellington Panorama site I see there's plenty of later Columbia material that has only been on those three 56-62 LPs (some of it may be on "Piano in the Foreground" and "Piano in the Background" as bonus tracks, though - didn't check that).

Regarding the 1946-1947 period I strongly recommend the 3-CD Hindsight set "Duke Ellington and his World Famous Orchestra 46-47". It contains 64 tracks recorded for radio broadcasts in state-of-the-art sound. The music, as you can assume, is superb.

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Regarding the 1946-1947 period I strongly recommend the 3-CD Hindsight set "Duke Ellington and his World Famous Orchestra 46-47". It contains 64 tracks recorded for radio broadcasts in state-of-the-art sound. The music, as you can assume, is superb.

That's the Capitol Transcriptions, right?

How about the Circle CDs, are those also "must haves"?

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YES. Get the Circles eventually.

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Here's a pretty complete list of the 4-star Classics in the "Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 8th Edition":

Henry Red Allen

- His Orchestra 1929-33

Louis Armstrong

- Hot 5s & 7s

- pre 1936

- 1937-38

Count Basie

- 1936

- 1938-39

- 1939

Bunny Berigan

- 1935-36

- 1937

- 1937-38

Benny Carter

- 1940-41

Eddie Condon

- 1927-38

- 1938-40

Johnny Dodds

- 1926

- 1927

- 1927-8

Duke Ellington

- 1937 Vol. 2

- 1938 Vol. 1

- 1938 Vol.2

- 1939-40

- 1940 Vol.1

- 1940 Vol.2

- 1940-41

- 1941

- 1944-45

- 1945 Vol.2

Slim Gaillard

- 1945, Vol2

Edmond Hall

- 1936-44

Coleman Hawkins

- 1929-34

- 1937-39

- 1945

Earl Hines

- 1932-34

Illinois Jaquet

- 1946-47

Pete Johnson

- 1938-39

John Kirby

- 1945-46

Andy Kirk

- 1936-1937

Meade Lux Lewis

- 1927-1939

Jimmie Lunceford

- 1930-1934

Mills Band

- 1933-34

Jelly Roll Morton

- 1923-24

- 1926-28

- 1928-29

Bennie Moten

- 1930-32

King Oliver

- 1923

Django Reinhardt

- 1935-36

Luis Russell

- 1926-29

- 1930-31

Artie Shaw

- 1939 1945

Jabbo Smith

- 1929-38

Muggsy Spanier

- 1939-42

Jess Stacy

- 1935-39

Frankie Trumbauer

- 1927-28

Joe Venuti

- 1930-33

Chick Webb

- 1929-34

Dicky Wells

- 1927-43

Mary Lou Williams

- 1944

- 1944-45

Teddy Wilson

- 1937

- 1938

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Bit off-topic, but here's the next batch:

1455 HARRY JAMES 1946-47

1456 OSCAR PETERSON (R.I.P....) 1952-53

1457 ELLA FITZGERALD 1954-55

1458 BEN WEBSTER 1953-54

1459 JOE BUSHKIN 1947-50

No release date unfortunately, but should be late winter / early spring.

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Bit off-topic, but here's the next batch:

1455 HARRY JAMES 1946-47

1456 OSCAR PETERSON (R.I.P....) 1952-53

1457 ELLA FITZGERALD 1954-55

1458 BEN WEBSTER 1953-54

1459 JOE BUSHKIN 1947-50

No release date unfortunately, but should be late winter / early spring.

Grreat! That's right on-topic! :excited:

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