Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Music Review: 'Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956'

Posted on

Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles 1921-1956

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Various Artists
genre:
Jazz

We gave it an A-

For most, West Coast jazz conjures up images of the cool Caucasian sounds of Chet Baker, Stan Getz, and Dave Brubeck. The less heralded, far earthier music of L.A.’s African-American jazz community gets its props on this eye-opening four-CD set that touches upon the fertile work of progenitors (Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton), blues-based stylists (T-Bone Walker, Johnny Otis), swing giants (Lester Young, Art Tatum), and bop pioneers (Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon). A-