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August 24, 2007
Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Sarah Vaughan
Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival
1958 : 1963 : 1964 : 1965 : 1971
Monterey Jazz Festival Recordings

Rating: 9/10
Monterey, California is one of those small coastal towns where not much of anything ever happens and time is passed leisurely; wandering through the ocean-side aquarium or walking around the boardwalk and watching sea lions frolic in the surf are common activities. There is a place in this sleepy little town where things are different, however, and that is at the Monterey Fairgrounds, the setting for Sunday horse races and, every once in a while, more noble causes like the legendary Monterey Pop Festival.

Monterey Pop, of course, is anything but benign; it is where Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar on stage in 1967, and there's still an X carved in the wooden planks in commemoration. It is certainly testament to the Hendrix legend that his flaming solo is such a monolithic, iconic moment in music history that it still overshadows everything else decades later - everything, perhaps, but the mother of all festivals in Monterey, the annual jazz festival, Monterey Jazz.

The Monterey Jazz Festival attracts visitors from all over the world each fall, and for good reason - huge names have played the stages of the old fairgrounds, filling the sleepy bay with the sounds of America's native art form. On September 21st the festival will kick off its 50th anniversary in Monterey, and this year's event should be as solid as ever, with performances by Otis Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubek, and a group of Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars (Terence Blanchard, Nnenna Freelon, Benny Green, James Moody, Kendrick Scott and Derrick Hodge) and more.

To commemorate the 50th running of the festival, Monterey Jazz has partnered with the Concord Music Group to form a dedicated label for releasing "never-before-released performances from the Festival's storied past." Along with a festival sampler and The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival 50 Years, a limited edition archival compilation, Monterey Jazz Festival Records is debuting with five collections of classic jazz greats filled with some of the most memorable performances throughout the event's long history. Spread across the releases are some of the finest live recordings of jazz ever heard; the sound quality is amazing, and at times it is hard to believe the recordings, which were made live and outdoors, date back as far as 1958.

The five albums for the initial collection are culled from the 1958, -63, -64, -65, and -71 editions of the festival, and feature performances by Louis Armstrong, the Miles Davis Quintet, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sarah Vaughan. Each artist appeared at Monterey in his or her prime, and every disc in this collection features some of the best songs from each performer, the recordings having never before been released. Quite frankly, these CDs are a goldmine for any connoisseur of jazz. Favorites will be found easily and often among the five releases, my personal tastes favoring Thelonious Monk. Even for jazz novices, music fans in general and those simply curious about this rich and colorful art form, the Monterey Jazz collection is sure to be a pleasant surprise and a sound investment.

Not only are the artists in the Monterey Jazz Festival collection legendary, they are captured in peak form with a jaw-dropping sound quality and given respectful treatment with informative booklets and photographs. With their 50th anniversary collection the Monterey Jazz Festival organization has managed to capture the cozy feeling of sitting outdoors under a starry California sky, enjoying an intimate evening of world-class jazz, and one of the best festivals in the world deserves nothing less. Here's looking forward to another 50 years.

BONUS: Check out the Monterey Jazz Festival streaming radio site.

SEE ALSO: www.montereyjazzfestival.org

Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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