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The Sound of Jazz : Count Basie, Billie Holiday etc


This 200-gram Analogue Productions LP reissue is a magnificent-sounding recording of a historic TV event. For a rare and glorious one-hour nationwide broadcast, CBS brought together 32 leading musicians — a Who’s Who of the swing era — including Count Basie, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones and Coleman Hawkins; the Chicago style players of the same era, like Henry ‘Red’ Allen, Vic Dickenson, and Pee Wee Russell; and younger ‘modernist’ musicians such as Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, and Jimmy Giuffre. These players played separately with their compatriots, but also joined to combine various styles in one group, such as Red Allen’s group and the group backing Billie Holiday on “Fine and Mellow”.


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If you were lucky enough to have seen “The Sound of Jazz” I don’t have to tell you how great it was and, even if you weren’t, what I’d want to do anyway is sell you an explanation of why it was great.  The cornerstone of live television, class will please now repeat, is the human face – with it’s spontaneity and tension, it’s halo of contradictions, it’s hints of life lived and life to come.

This album is a must for all Jazz fans alike.

The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, live from CBS Studio 58, the Town Theater at 851 Ninth Avenue in New York City.
Columbia Records released this LP in 1958 that is actually a rehearsal that preceded the telecast (recorded on December 4 at Columbia’s 30th Street studios), and is not its soundtrack. The recording doesn’t include all of the performers on the TV show (Mulligan refused to participate because no additional payment was involved) and includes several who were not on the show.
For this Analogue Productions reissue we started with the original tape and the best mastering available — Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound did a steller job, and naturally, plating at Quality Record Pressings was handled by master plating technician Gary Salstrom. Our 200-gram QRP platters serve up an utterly noiseless background that lets the superior sonics shine through.


1. Wild Man Blues
2. Rosetta
3. Fine and Mellow
1. I Left My Baby
2. The Train and the River
3. Nervous
4. Dickie’s Dream


Additional information

Weight 0.550 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm