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RCA/Bluebird to Release Artie Shaw Box Set

Most great jazz artists have to wait until they are dead to have their music collected in a lavishly packaged, thoroughly annotated boxed set. Artie Shaw, however, is not only a great jazz artist but is also hale and hearty at 91, and he was able to exercise enough control over RCA/Bluebird’s new tribute to his music-making that he calls it Artie Shaw: Self Portrait.

Shaw selected the performances on the set’s five discs from various sources: early recordings for Brunswick and Bluebird, later RCA Victor sides, MusicCraft records, and “live” air checks from Shaw’s personal collection. Shaw also wrote a long essay on his career and musical philosophy for the set.

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