This 10 CD box set contains twenty rare, classic original big band albums from the 1950s. They range from classics by Count Basie and Duke Ellington via tributes to the latter by 'newcomers' such as Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie, on to the cool sounds of Marty Paich, Stan Kenton and Pete Rugolo and the advanced arrangements of Gil Evans, Bill Holman or George Russell.
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This set contains the following albums in their entirety:
Count Basie and His Orchestra - 'April in Paris' Duke Ellington's Spacemen - The Cosmic Scene Clark Terry - 'Duke With a Difference' Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra - 'A Portrait of Duke Ellington' Eddie Lockjaw Davis' Big Band - 'Trane Whistle' Billy Taylor and His Orchestra - 'Taylor Made Jazz' Woody Herman's Big New Herd - 'At The Monterey Jazz Festival' Maynard Ferguson and His Orchestra - 'A Message from Birdland' Gil Evans - 'New Bottle, Old Wine' Bill Holman - 'In a Jazz Orbit' Art Farmer - 'Brass Shout' George Russell and His Orchestra - Jazz in the Space Age' The Jimmy Heath Orchestra - 'Really Big!' Chico O' Farrill and His Orchestra - 'Jazz North of the Border and South of the Border' Louis Bellson and His Orchestra - 'Skin Deep' Pete Rugolo and His Orchestra - 'Adventures in Rhythm' The Trombones, Inc. - 'They Met at the Continental Divide' Billy May - 'Big Fat Brass' Marty Paich - 'The Broadway Bit' Stan Kenton and His Orchestra - 'Kenton with Voices'