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VA - The Mercury Records Jazz Story (2CD)@320
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Mercury?s jazz division had two distinct and important fathers. John Hammond brought his expertise and connections when Mercury bought Keystone Records in the late 1940?s. And Mercury was the issuing company and distributor for Norman Granz?s pre-Norgran/Verve recordings. Although both Hammond and Granz had departed Mercury by the mid-50?s, they established the company in the jazz world.

Mercury, under its Emarcy label, released LPs by many important post-swing and bebop artists including Clifford Brown and Max Roach, Clark Terry, Dinah Washington, Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Sarah Vaughn, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Cleveland, Herb Geller and others. By the early 1960?s, Mercury was releasing jazz under the flagship label and was an early leader in the new stereo sound releases. Highlights of the early and mid-60?s included albums by Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, Cannonball Adderley, Charles (then called Charlie) Mingus, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Max Roach and others.
In the early 1950?s, Norman Granz started his own record company, Norgran, which later became Verve. In an ironic twist, both Mercury and Verve are now owned by Universal Music Group and Mercury?s jazz library falls under the Verve division. Since the early 1990?s, Verve has reissued many Mercury jazz titles on CD, often taking care to use original master tapes and including session material not included on the original LPs. In addition, Mosaic Records in Stamford CT has issued several box sets spotlighting the Mercury and Verve recordings of various artists including Max Roach, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich. ~


Disc 1    
                                                            
01. Gene Ammons - Idaho                                                                                                 
02. Muggsy Spanier - Feather Brain                                                                                      
03. Dinah Washington - I Cried For You                                                                                  
04. Paul Quinichette - I'll Always Be In Love With You                                                                  
05. Ben Webster - The Iron Hat                                                                                          
06. Paul Gonsalves - Don't Blame Me                                                                                     
07. Art Blakey - Eleanor                                                                                                
08. Art Madigan - Moroccan Blues                                                                                        
09. Helen Merrill - 's Wonderful                                                                                        
10. Erroll Garner - I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter                                                                         
11. Gerry Mulligan - Demanton                                                                                           
12. Clifford Brown & Max Roach - Flossie Lou                                                                            
13. Max Roach - Love Letters                                                                                            
14. Cannonball Adderley - Hoppin' John                                                                                  
15. Max Roach - My Old Flame                                                                                            
16. Sarah Vaughn - Three Little Words                                                                                   
17. Eddie South - I Hadn't Anyone Till You                                                                              
18. John Coltrane - Weaver Of Dreams                                                                                    
19. Conte & Pete Candoll - Willow Weep For Me                                                                           
20. Buddy Rich - Indiana                                                                                                
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Disc 2
                                                                  
01. Charles Mingus - Take the 'A' Train - Exactly Like You                                                              
02. Quincy Jones - The Midnight Sun Will Never Set                                                                      
03. Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - Improvisation for Unaccompanied Saxaphones                                                    
04. Coleman Hawkins & Sol Yaged - I Can't Get Started                                                                   
05. Pete Rugolo - Struttin' with Some Barbecue                                                                          
06. George Wein - Sugar                                                                                                 
07. Buddy DeFranco & Tommy Gumina - Scrapple from the Apple                                                             
08. Julius Watkins - Mood Inidgo                                                                                        
09. Terry Gibbs - The Big Cat                                                                                           
10. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - 3-in-1 Without the Oil                                                                        
11. Art Farmer - Rain Check                                                                                             
12. Art Hodes & Truck Parham - Washboard Blues                                                                          
13. Woody Herman - El Toro Grande                                                                                       
14. Oscar Peterson - Squeaky's Blues                                                                                    
15. Art Blakey - Waltz for Ruth                                                                                         
16. Lee Konitz - Blues For Bird                                                                                         
17. Dizzy Gillespie - Groovin' High                                                                                     
18. Paul Bley - Kid Dynamite                                                                                            
19. Jimmy Smith - Sometimes I'm Happy     


Recorded from June 19, 1947 to July 1977.

Label: Polygram Rec.
Date: 1995


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