This fabulous collection does an amazing job of not only collating some of the best tracks in the history of jazz music, but it also does a brilliant job of sequencing.
This episode starts with the development of big bands, then moves to some of the most important piano tracks of the era, moves on to cover developments in improvisation, and then closes with two uniquely disparate tracks by one of the greatest jazz vocalists, Billie Holiday.
Featured tracks include:
Four or Five Times – Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra
The Stampede – Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra
Wrappin’ It Up – Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra
Dinah – Red Nichols and his Five Pennies
Moten Swing – Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
I Ain’t Got Nobody – Fats Waller
Honky Tonk Train Blues – Meade “Lux” Lewis
Body and Soul – Benny Goodman Trio
Body and Soul – Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
The Man I Love – Coleman Hawkins Quartet
He’s Funny That Way – Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra
These Foolish Things – Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra