2020 Album Draft- Round 14 Pick 10- Box Sets- Hanspostcard selects- Ken Burns Jazz- The Story Of Americas Music.
First off- box sets – back when box sets were coming out like crazy- I was the undisputed King of Box Sets. I don’t know how many I own- but I do have a big tub which is full of booklets from the box sets I own. It was so bad that one day I was at a mall and the lady working at the store who was checking me out said that she remembered me- from when she worked at another record store- which was an hour and a half away – because I was the customer who always bought box sets, she said she remembered me because no one else bought box sets. I didn’t know how to feel about that.
Box sets have fallen out of favor- no doubt because of lack of sales. The best box sets to me were the ones that gave you something you didn’t have- unreleased songs, alternative takes, great live versions. The ones that were not all that great- a box set which just gave you say four discs of already released material- kind of a jumbo greatest hits.
I must give credit where it is due- I was mulling over which box set to take and Ken Burns Jazz- The Story of America’s Music- didn’t occur to me until the last pick of round 13 when Cincinnati Babyhead selected as his film- the Ken Burns Jazz documentary. I had been thinking of rock and country music box sets but when he selected that- a bell went off in my head. This box set- Ken Burns Jazz- a 5 disc set- was at the time I bought it 5 discs worth of music that I didn’t have. Perfect.
Ken Burns Jazz- The Story of America’s Music- is 5 discs- 94 tracks. It came out along with the documentary in 2000. This box is a great sampling of the history of jazz. Up until this time I owned a only a handful of jazz cd’s. The documentary opened my eyes and ears to music which was pretty foreign to me. I loved the series so I did the logical thing- I went out and not only bought this box set- but the 22 individual artist CD’s featuring the jazz immortals featured in the documentary [these weren’t a part of the box set I had to buy them all separately}
Ken Burns Jazz goes in chronological order- and covers the years 1917 until the mid 90’s. You get a sample of all the greats – Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Miles Davis- etc- all the greats are represented and it left me at least wanting to dig more deeply- so as mentioned before I also bought the 22 individual discs which were sold outside the box.
It is hard to believe that it was 20 years ago this month that the documentary and all this music came out. Over the past 20 years I have spent a lot of time with this box set- and the 22 other discs. This box is by no means the be all end all- it wets your appetite for more. My Mount Rushmore of Jazz performers- Louis Armstrong/ Miles Davis/ John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. Just missing the Top 4- Thelonious Monk and Lester Young
This brings an end to the 2020 Album Draft- I’d like to thank all the participants. I had great expectations for this project but due to all of them it far exceeded all my expectations. There were 139 selections and there was never a day when a review was sent in late- they really made it easy on me to get things out every day at 10AM EST. Also the picks and reviews they all sent in were outstanding. In some cases surprising. The one thing that stood at to me was the passion and love they had for the music they selected. There were a number of selections and artists that I wasn’t all that familiar with -it was great to be exposed to ‘new’ music. In the next week I plan on getting a post ready- with all the selections in the draft listed.
I am planning on two drafts for 2021- a movie draft beginning after the start of the year- and for the second half of 2021- another music one- this time the 2021 Singles Draft.