When Franklin Cohen, the principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra, was to be featured playing Shaw's Concerto for Clarinet, he listened to Artie's recording of the work and said he found his playing unbelievable. " Shaw is the greatest player I ever heard, " he said. It's hard to play the way he plays.He makes so many incredible shadings. On a personal level, these roles were reversed. Benny was a careful businessman whose only marriage lasted for over 35 years, while the mercurial Shaw hated the music business, and was constantly involved in lawsuits, breaking up his band, and alienating his fans. His very public private life, which included marriages to such icons as Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, was even more volatile. In fact, one comes away from reading John McDonough's wonderful liner notes feeling that it's a miracle Shaw left as large a legacy as he did.
And what a legacy it is! From huge hits like " Begin The Beguine " and " Frenesi " to timeless small-band jazz by Shaw's Gramercy Five, a high percentage of tunes in this collection became familiar as standards, often because of these versions. Shaw and his band always sounded like they were having a ball, and now, thanks to Mosaic's superb remastering, they sound better than ever. As with all Mosaic releases, there is an accompanying 36-page LP-sized informative booklet, chock-full of what's on this set: no big band fan should be without this collection and. Would certainly make a worthy addition to any collector or individuals with a passion for this very special brand of unforgettable music...
Please see all photos for further details. Should you require any further photos or any specific information, please give me a shout: I shall be only too happy to help! He had been an avid collector of all things entertainment-related for a great number of years prior to his passing even commandeering an entire two rooms in his house for storage purposes - floors AND walls!
Everything in his well-maintained personal collection is in a new/mint condition (although, understandably, several of the CD jewel cases have acquired one or two very minor surface marks during storage). All auctions will be listed as Like New, but each item is either brand new or played once only before being stored away for posterity. Each item will be individually inspected prior to listing, with any minor flaws pointed out, and all photos in the listing will be of the actual item you will receive. Please don't forget to add me to your Favourite Sellers list as I shall be listing new items on a regular basis.This deluxe set will be sent to you via. Due to the sheer volume of these items, the majority of CDs/Box Sets had to be stored in our cellar. However, after some recent severe flooding in the area, unfortunately several of the rarer box sets have suffered differing degrees of water damage. If you need clarification on any of my listings, please feel free to ask: I shall be only too happy to help. This item is in the category "Music\CDs". The seller is "its_all_to_go" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.