Welcome back to my 30 Day Album Challenge
Day 16: A Favourite Greatest Hits Album.
Ah the greatest hits album, always guaranteed to leave off a couple of tracks you like over a few others prefer. A good ‘greatest hits’ or ‘best of’ should be the shop window to the artist and be a broad snapshot of the artists career, but they seldom do.
Regardless of opinions on Ken Burn’s Jazz the documentary, the 22 best of compilations illustrating various influencial artists were very good at showing a broad canvas of the artists in the range, artists in the range included Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus.
Also there is a pseudo-Greatest Hits album by Charles Mingus on Impulse! records called Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus which has Mingus re-recording a number of his previous tracks with rhythm and duration changes and in somecases they are re titled eg Haitian Fight Song becomes a faster piece entitled iiB.S., and Goodbye Porkpie Hat becomes Lester Young Theme.