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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money., 7 Jan 2014
V. W. Arnold (Rutland, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 100 Hits - Jazz (Audio CD)
Although I have given this set of CD's only 4 stars, they do represent excellent value, apart from a few details. The title seems to be meaningless, I would not have thought that the majority of tracks would have been classed as " Hits, " it appears that this is one set of recordings in a series called "100 Hits, " of different genres. There are a 100 tracks from 1948 to 1962, they are mostly what used to be referred to as Modern Jazz. There are examples of Bop, Hard Bop, Mainstream and some Big Band recordings, but nothing by Basie, Ellington or Woody Herman. There are, sadly, no sleeve notes or lists of musicians for each track. A year in which the recordings were made is shown. However, as the price for 5 CD's is reasonable, it does mean that you can listen to musicians that you may have either ignored before, or have never had the chance to listen to. The sound quality seems OK although one or two tracks sound rather odd. There are a number of anomalies that I have spotted, and it is a pity that they were not seen by the company that put these tracks together. On CD 1, track 20, this is shown as Monk and Coltrane, but there is a Vibraphone and no Saxophone. CD 2, track 6 is by the MJQ, but the track is Vendome, not Velodrome ! I am sure that there are other errors but these are the 2 that jumped out at me. If you are new to Jazz, and want to explore a variety of Jazz musicians, this set should help you to decide what to pursue, and it will not break the bank.
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