Milestones of Legends: Jazz Vibes (10CD)

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The first ever comprehensive box-set of the greatest Jazz vibes-players in history

- 18 original albums documenting the history of Jazz-vibes from Swing to Hard Bop and Featuring Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Cal Tjader and more.

For an instrument that was invented in the USA as late as 1921 and only developed to its modern form in 1927, the vibraphone has become an established solo instrument in Jazz within a surprisingly short time. This is due, of course, to Lionel Hampton (1908-2002), who was asked by no less than Louis Armstrong for a recording-date in 1930 to use the vibraphone on some titles. Since Hampton could already play the drums and xylophone, it was not surprising that he preferred a percussive style. In the Benny Goodman Quartet, one of the first multi-ethnic ensembles of Jazz, the instrument was then popularized by Hampton from 1936 on. In the Forties 'Hamp' became an international star as the leader of his own orchestras.

What a wonderful improviser Hampton was, he also proved at a "summit" with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich in 1953, which can be witnessed on the first CD of this documentation of the greatest vibraphonists of jazz history. Red Norvo was, like Hampton, born in 1908, but preferred a pianistic approach. His trio recordings with guitarist Tal Farlow and the young Charles Mingus on bass are among the highlights of "chamber musical" jazz. Milt Jackson (1923-1999), the first bebop star of the vibraphone, changed from hot to cool and back throughout his career ? as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet he had to adapt to the group discipline, but with his own bands and recording projects he could revisit his musical roots, for example with Ray Charles on the album "Soul Brothers" (featured on the wallet box "I Love New York Jazz"). Here he presents himself in top-form with the tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson and Hank Jones on piano.

Unfortunately, Lem Winchester and Eddie Costa, both great musicians, died very young. Here you can hear Costa, who was also a wonderful piano player in his own right, with the pianist Bill Evans, who also lets the sparks fly in dialogue with Dave Pike. Pike went on to great success with his European jazz rock quartet in the 70s.

Buddy Montgomery is represented on a wonderful, rare recording from Canada with the Mastersounds, a more soulful version of the MJQ, which also featured his brothers Wes and Monk. Curtis Amy, a saxophonist from California, whose wonderful records under his own name are appreciated by collectors only, but who has been heard worldwide as a soloist on records by Carole King, holds the honor of having made the first recordings with Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers. Other vibes-men to establish themselves on the West Coast were Cal Tjader, the king of Latin jazz, and the British vibraphonist and pianist Victor Feldman. His countryman Tubby Hayes is primarily known as a saxophonist and flutist, however some live recordings show that he could just as well have based his too short career (1935-1973) on playing the vibraphone.

The lyrical avant-gardist Walt Dickerson (1931-2008), whose music was truly out of this world, was an absolute exception in every way and deserves to be re-discovered.

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Tracklisting:

CD 1

Lionel Hampton Quartet

  • 1. The Nearness Of You
  • 2. Stompin' At The Savoy
  • 3. S Wonderful
  • 4. Always
  • 5. Air Mail Special
  • 6. Soft Winds

CD 2

Milt Jackson

  • 1. Now's The Time
  • 2. In A Sentimental Mood /Mood Indigo/Azur
  • 3. Minor Conception
  • 4. Soul In 3/4

Red Norvo Trio

  • 5. Little White Lies
  • 6. I've Got You Under My Skin
  • 7. I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • 8. Move
  • 9. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
  • 10. I'll Remember April
  • 11. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
  • 12. September Song
  • 13. This Can't Be Love
  • 14. If I Had You
  • 15. Cheek To Cheek
  • 16. Time And Tide

CD 3

Terry Gibbs

  • 1. Rockin' In Rhythm
  • 2. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  • 3. Caravan
  • 4. Solitude
  • 5. Take the "A" Train
  • 6. Sophisticated Lady
  • 7. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
  • 8. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • 9. Johnny Come Lately
  • 10. Duke's Place

Lem Winchester

  • 11. Eddy's Dilemma
  • 12. Lem & Aide
  • 13. Friendly Persuasion
  • 14. Your Last Chance
  • 15. Lady Day
  • 16. Just Friends

CD 4

The Mastersounds

  • 1. Golden Earrings
  • 2. People Will Say We're In Love
  • 3. There No Greater Love
  • 4. West Coast Blues
  • 5. I've Never Been In Love Before/ Don't Blame Me
  • 6. I Could Write A Book

Walt Dickerson

  • 7. Time
  • 8. Elizabeth
  • 9. The Cry
  • 10. Death And Taxes
  • 11. Evelyn
  • 12. Infinite You

CD 5

The Montgomery Brothers

  • 1. Jeanie
  • 2. Snowfall
  • 3. Angel Eyes
  • 4. Barbados
  • 5. This Love Of Mine
  • 6. Green Dolphin Street
  • 7. You Don't Know What Love Is
  • 8. Beaux Arts

Curtis Amy, Frank Butler

  • 9. Groovin' Blue
  • 10. Beautiful You
  • 11. Very Frank
  • 12. Gone Into It
  • 13. Annsome
  • 14. Bobblin'

CD 6

Teddy Charles

  • 1. Word From Bird
  • 2. Laura
  • 3. Show Time
  • 4. When Your Lover Has Gone
  • 5. Just One Of Those Things
  • 6. Blue Greens

CD 7

The Eddie Costa Quartet

  • 1. Guys And Doll
  • 2. Adelaide
  • 3. If I Were A Bell
  • 4. Luck Be A Lady
  • 5. I've Never Been In Love Before
  • 6. I'll Know

The Dave Pike Quartet

  • 7. Why Not
  • 8. In A Sentimental Mood
  • 9. Vierd Blues
  • 10. Besame Mucho
  • 11. Wild Is The Wind

CD 8

Johnny Lytle Trio

  • 1. Blue Vibes
  • 2. Over The Rainbow
  • 3. For Heaven's Sake
  • 4. Movin' Nicely
  • 5. Autumn Leaves
  • 6. Mister Strudel
  • 7. Canadian Sunset

Johnny Lytle

  • 8. Lela
  • 9. Secret Love
  • 10. When I Fall In Love
  • 11. Tag Along
  • 12. It's All Right with Me
  • 13. Happy Ground
  • 14. My Funny Valentine
  • 15. Take the "A" Train

CD 9

Curtis Amy feat. Victor Feldman

  • 1. Way Down
  • 2. Liberia
  • 3. 24 Hour Blues
  • 4. Lisa
  • 5. A Soulful Bee, A Soulful Rose
  • 6. All My Life
  • 7. Bells And Horns

Tuby Hayes

  • 8. But Beautiful
  • 9. Down In The Village

CD 10

Victor Feldman

  • 1. Serpent Tooth
  • 2. Waltz
  • 3. Chasing Shadows
  • 4. Flamingo
  • 5. S' Posin
  • 6. Bebop
  • 7. There Is No Greater Love
  • 8. Too Blue
  • 9. Minor Lament
  • 10. Satin Doll

Cal Tjader

  • 11. Mambo Terrifico
  • 12. A Night In Tunisia
  • 13. The Continental
  • 14. Afro Blue
  • 15. Cuban Fantasy
  • 16. Rezo