Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Ken Burns' Jazz' Also Hot as CD Box Set

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Ken Burns' Jazz' Also Hot as CD Box Set

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The Beatles aren't the only artists striking gold with CD reissues of old material.

Thanks to the audience response to Ken Burns' Jazz on PBS, the five-CD set tied to that documentary series has just gone gold.

"It's the fastest-selling box set we've seen in a long time," says Jeff Jones, senior vice president of Columbia/Legacy Recording and one of three chief architects of the various Jazz CD releases (Ron Goldstein of Verve and Burns himself are the others).

As for a jazz set reaching gold, Jones adds, "It's the only jazz set I've ever seen."

Columbia's Simon & Garfunkel 3-CD box set of reissues eventually went gold, but Jazz has reached that mark much more quickly. A gold record certification is awarded for 500,000 copies sold; because Jazz is a five-CD set, it made gold after 100,000 sets.

"It has exceeded our expectations tenfold," says Jones, who also has seen single-CD reissues by individual artists surge after those artists were profiled on the PBS series. …

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