#58/100 – The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz

This is a neat, 6xLP set that covers a few decades of Jazz classics from Robert Johnson to John Coltrane and everything in between. The discs are pretty well packed, however, and the recordings are pretty clean but many of the earlier ones are mono, which isn’t a surprise. I picked Side D as it seemed very promising, and indeed it was. The track The Man I Love, a Gershwin tune, performed by the Coleman Hawkins Quartet, really stood out to me in many ways. I especially loved the solo performances by the bass and horn. This is a collection I need to experience front-to-back one of these evenings.


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