September 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

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-

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