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VA - 30 Years Of Montreux Jazz Festival [Box Set] (2002)

28-10-2013, 11:00
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Blues | Soul | FLAC / APE

VA - 30 Years Of Montreux Jazz Festival [Box Set] (2002)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: 30 Years Of Montreux Jazz Festival
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: TBA Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Blues-Jazz, Soul-Jazz
Total Time: 3:47:18
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 547 mb / 1.52 gb

Review by Ken Dryden
In the fall of 2000, prior to the announcement by General Motors that it was dropping its entire Oldsmobile line, an aggressive mail and Internet campaign was launched promoting 30 Years of Montreux Jazz Festival as a gift for test driving the Oldsmobile Aurora. Unfortunately, this four-CD set is much like what most huge jazz festivals had evolved into near the end of the 20th century: jazz in name only. This anthology is overflowing with blues (B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison), R&B (Fats Domino, Dr. John, James Booker), an endless sleep inducing jam of the Average White Band's "Pick up the Pieces," long jams showcasing smooth jazz lightweights (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fourplay), and only a handful of tracks featuring the artists (such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and the Modern Jazz Quartet) that one associates with classic Montreux Jazz Festival releases which appeared over the years on Pablo and Atlantic. There are also fine vocals by Dianne Reeves and Carmen McRae, who also plays piano while accompanied by Gillespie's trumpet on a touching version of "A Beautiful Friendship"; but also present is the tedious, vastly over-hyped and rather monotonous hit for Les McCann and Eddie Harris, "Compared to What," making yet another encore appearance. While a number of songs have previously appeared commercially, over a dozen tracks make their first appearance here. Whether or not this set appeals to a collector will likely depend upon its price and what genre of music he or she prefers; for the serious jazz fan, there's hardly enough worthwhile music to merit its acquisition unless found at a very low price.


Disc 1
01. Eddie Harris & Les McCann / Compared to what 08:38
02. Mongo Santamaria / Soleil 05:37
03. Fats Domino / Walking To New Orleans 02:36
04. Dr.John & The Meters / Iko Iko 04:17
05. Meters / Africa 10:27
06. Professor Longhair & The Meters / Tipitina 04:37
07. Allen Toussaint & The Meters / Happy Times, Iv'e Got To Get It 07:09
08. Atlantic Family Live At Montreux / Pick Up The Pieces 21:40

Disc 2
01. Atlantic Family Live at Montreux / McEwan's Export [0:09:14.30]
02. Atlantic Family Live At Montreux / One To One [0:09:28.86]
03. Gilberto Gil / Chororor [0:03:45.20]
04. James Booker / Medley [0:06:36.54]
05. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble / Texas Flood [0:10:23.49]
06. Luther Allison & The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section / Just My Guitar And Me [0:04:04.82]
07. Johnny Copeland & The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section / Claim Jumper [0:05:35.13]
08. B.B. King & The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section / Woke Up This Morning [0:05:28.97]

Disc 3
01. Super Blues Session / Jam Session [0:17:22.96]
02. Simply Red / Sad Old Red [0:05:25.94]
03. Tania Maria / Valeu [0:08:20.16]
04. Milton Nascimento / Ponta Da Areira [0:04:49.88]
05. Caetano Veloso / Medley: Saudade Da Bahia, Sampa [0:03:40.85]
06. The Modern Jazz Quartet / Jack The Bear [0:04:48.37]
07. Miles Davis / Portia [0:07:49.48]
08. Carmen McRae & Dizzy Gillespie / A Beautiful Friendship [0:04:43.44]
09. The Modern Jazz Quartet & Manhattan Transfer / The Golden Striker [0:05:03.06]
10. Dianne Reeves / For All We Know [0:05:47.61]

Disc 4
01. Blues For Nesuhi / Claude Nobs & George Wein [0:05:45.90]
02. Rollin' And Tumblin' / Taj Mahal & The Tribute To Jimmy Rogers Band [0:04:31.20]
03. Brasilian Love Affair / George Duke featuring Gabriela Anders [0:09:54.05]
04. Always There / Rick Braun, Kenny Garrett, Boney James & Kirk Whalum [0:10:08.04]
05. Watermelon Man / Fourplay, Rick Braun, George Duke, Boney James & Kirk nWhalum [0:09:28.64]


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