Cover image for Self portrait
Self portrait
Shaw, Artie, 1910-2004, performer.
Publication Information:
New York : Bluebird, [2001]

Physical Description:
5 audio discs (353 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title and statement of responsibility from container.

Compact discs.

Digitally remastered analog recording.
Disc one. Is it taboo ; There'll be some changes made ; Take your shoes off, baby ; Just kiddin' around ; To a Broadway rose ; Evensong ; Suite #8 ; Two in me blues ; Lady day ; S' wonderful ; Bedford drive ; The grabtown grapple ; The sad sack ; Summertime ; Tabu ; Lucky number ; The man I love ; The hornet ; The maid with the flaccid air ; The glider -- Disc two. Begin the beguine ; My heart belongs to daddy ; What is this thing called love ; Get out of town ; Love for sale ; Anniversary song ; Smooth 'n easy ; Star dust ; Aesop's foibles ; I get a kick out of you ; It's wonderful ; So easy ; Krazy Kay ; Crinoco ; Fred's delight ; Similau ; Afro-Cubana ; These foolish things ; I've got a crush on you ; Someone to watch over me ; Autumn leaves -- Disc three. Nightmare ; Cream puff ; Streamline ; The blues - A ; The blues - B ; Shoot the likker to me, John boy ; Free wheeling ; Monsoon ; Begin the beguine ; Any old time ; Yesterdays ; It had to be you ; Star dust ; Shine on, harvest moon ; Back bay shuffle ; Softly, as in a morning sunrise ; Rosalie ; Traffic Jam ; Prosschai ; Carioca ; Rose room ; I surrender dear ; Everything is jumpin' -- Disc four. At sundown ; Sweet Sue (Just you) ; Man from Mars ; Diga diga doo ; Frenesi ; Gloomy Sunday ; Temptation ; Star dust ; Blues (from "The Lenox Avenue Suite") - part 1 ; Blues - part 2 ; Prelude in C major ; Summit Ridge Drive ; Dr. Livingstone, I presume ; Concerto for clarinet ; Nobody knows the trouble I've seen ; Dancing in the dark ; I cover the waterfront ; Nocturne ; Blues in the night -- Disc five. Don't take your love from me ; The chaser ; Star dust ; Summit Ridge Drive ; I can't get started ; Too marvelous for words ; Yesterdays ; Bewitched, bothered and bewildered ; S'posin' ; My funny valentine ; Dancing on the ceiling ; Scuttlebutt.
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As a rule, record companies don't give artists the chance to pick the songs when a boxed set is assembled. They might ask the person who writes the liner notes to interview the artist, or they might even have the artist write the liner notes. But the label, not the artist, usually chooses the material. Self Portrait is an exception; when this five-CD, 95-track boxed set was assembled in 2001, a 91-year-old Artie Shaw was given a rare chance to make the selections himself and comment on them. And for those who are seriously into the clarinetist, it is fascinating to see what he chooses. Self Portrait, which spans 1936-1954, contains most of his essential swing, era hits, including "Stardust," "Begin the Beguine," "Frenesi," and his ominous signature tune, "Nightmare." But Self Portrait is far from a superficial greatest-hits package; Shaw digs a lot deeper, offering highlights of the many bands that he led and taking a comprehensive look at his career. Although Shaw often featured singers, they aren't a high priority on Self Portrait; however, the vocalists who he felt were worth including range from Pauline Byrne on "Gloomy Sunday" (1940) and Hot Lips Page on "Blues in the Night" (1941) to Billie Holiday on his pleasing, if overexposed, 1938 recording of "Any Old Time." The vast majority of the 95 tracks are swing, but some excellent small-group recordings from 1954 find Shaw exploring bebop and cool jazz -- and they indicate that if he had not retired from music, he would have had a bright future as a bebopper. Obviously, a five-CD set is too much for casual listeners, who would be better off with one of the many single-disc collections of Shaw's major hits. But for those who have more than a casual interest in his work, Self Portrait is a jazz feast. ~ Alex Henderson