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Artie Shaw: The Collection 1932-54 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)Artie Shaw: The Collection 1932-54 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
Artie Shaw was a unique personality in jazz, big band and swing music – as clarinettist, bandleader, composer, and arranger, he pursued his own often idiosyncratic, original and some might say perverse approach to his music and career, and along the way produced some of the most popular and memorable recordings of the swing era. He came to prominence when in 1936 he introduced strings into the performance of what was effectively a chamber piece “Interlude in B flat”, and he kept strings as feature of his swing orchestra for a number of years. He reached the zenith of his popularity in the ‘40s with hits like “Begin The Beguine”, undoubtedly his best-known recording, “Frenesi”, a tune which he introduced to the jazz canon, and his composition “Summit Ridge Drive”, his success fuelled by his matinee idol good looks and his colourful private life.

This great value 43-track 2-CD collection traces his career across the two decades and more from his earliest recordings in the early ‘30s through to his effective retirement from the music business in 1954. It includes some lesser known material from the ‘30s with other leaders’ bands – Roger Wolfe Kahn, Adrian Rollini, Wingy Manone, Red Norvo and Frankie Trumbauer before he formed his own orchestra, and it draw from recordings both by his full orchestra and the various incarnations of his breakdown ensemble The Gramercy Five. It’s an enjoyable overview of the career of a master craftsman and unique jazz personality. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Artie Shaw: The Artie Shaw Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
Released in brand new, slimline rack-friendly packaging, which keeps all of the detail and production values of the original PROPERBOX sets, but with each CD packaged in mini LP sleeves.

Artie Shaw led some of the classic big bands of the Swing Era and maintained a consistently innovative approach to making music throughout his career. A virtuoso clarinettist whose technique surpassed that of the "King of Swing", Benny Goodman, Shaw was self taught in the arts of playing and also arranging. His first big band contained a string quartet, but this line up did not find commercial success so it was jettisoned in favour of a more conventional setup. Hits such as "Frenesi" and "Begin The Beguine" followed along with sides cut by Shaw's band-within-a-band, the Gramercy 5.

At the height of the success, Shaw split the band, but was to return with new lineups in subsequent years which included a stellar array of soloists including Roy Eldridge, Hot Lips Page, Zoot Sims and many others. This 4 CD set presents the best across all of Shaw's varied output and contains a booklet telling his colourful story - the story of a musician who never seemed quite satisfied with the uses his vast talent was put to. (Proper Records) 


Price:  £15.49 

Artie Shaw: The Artie Shaw Story (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)


Artie Shaw: Concertos For Clarinet- Vol.2, 1937-1940 (CD: Naxos Jazz Legends)Artie Shaw: Concertos For Clarinet- Vol.2, 1937-1940 (CD: Naxos Jazz Legends)
 


Price:  £8.99 


Artie Shaw: The Chant (CD: Hep)
 


Price:  £9.99 

Artie Shaw: The Chant (CD: Hep)


Artie Shaw & His Orchestra: Hollywood Palladium 1941 (CD: Hep)Artie Shaw & His Orchestra: Hollywood Palladium 1941 (CD: Hep)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Artie Shaw: In Hollwood 1940-41, Vol.2 (CD: Hep)
Broadcast performances 1940-41, with Billy Butterfield, Hot Lips Page, Georgie Auld and Jack Jenney. 


Price:  £9.99 

Artie Shaw: In Hollwood 1940-41, Vol.2 (CD: Hep)


Artie Shaw: The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions (CD: RCA Bluebird- US Import)Artie Shaw: The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions (CD: RCA Bluebird- US Import)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Artie Shaw: The Very Best of.. (CD: RCA Victor/ BMG- US Import)
A swing era superstar, Artie Shaw soared to worldwide fame on the wings of huge hits and a bold new sound. His virtuoso clarinet playing, inventive solos and innovative arrangements quickly secured him a place in the pantheon of jazz. This collection features Shaw's own selection of 18 of his biggest hits and his greatest artistic achievements. (RCA Victor) 


Price:  £13.99 

Artie Shaw: The Very Best of.. (CD: RCA Victor/ BMG- US Import)


Artie Shaw: The Artistry Of (CD: Hep)Artie Shaw: The Artistry Of (CD: Hep)
Collection of the rare Gramercy Five performances from 1949-54 featuring Don Fagerquist, Hank Jones, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Joe Roland and the 1949 classical performances. (Hep Jazz) 


Price:  £9.99 


Artie Shaw & His Orchestra: The Artistry Of, 1949 (CD: Fresh Sound)
 


Price:  £12.99 

Artie Shaw & His Orchestra: The Artistry Of, 1949 (CD: Fresh Sound)


Artie Shaw: These Foolish Things: The Decca Years (CD: Sepia, 2 CDs)Artie Shaw: These Foolish Things: The Decca Years (CD: Sepia, 2 CDs)
This 2-CD set collects, for the first time all together and in great sound, 47 of the legendary clarinettist Artie Shaw's issued recordings for Decca, made between 1949 and 1955. Included are those made with his big band, Gramercy 5 and as an accompanist to vocalists. These recordings have never been available as a grouping on one CD set before. (Proper Music) 


Price:  £12.99 


Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings, Vol.1 (CD: Nimbus, 2 CDs)
These marvellous performances are culled from Artie Shaw’s final recordings as an instrumentalist. It is crystal clear that he retired at the height of his powers. Throughout these pieces, his playing is a joy to the ear and the mind, and his unique sound on the clarinet has seldom if ever been better captured. Shaw was still in his prime as a leader as well: this last Gramercy Five was a collective of the first order with a sound and style of its own, attuned to the times but never falling into the trap of trendiness. (Nimbus Records) 


Price:  £14.99 

Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings, Vol.1 (CD: Nimbus, 2 CDs)


Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings, Vol.2- The Final Sessions, 1954 (CD: Nimbus, 2 CDs)Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings, Vol.2- The Final Sessions, 1954 (CD: Nimbus, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £14.99 


Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings, Vol.3- Mixed Bag 1945-6; The Big Band 1949 (CD: Nimbus, 2 CDs)
 


Price:  £14.99 

Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings, Vol.3- Mixed Bag 1945-6; The Big Band 1949 (CD: Nimbus, 2 CDs)

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