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A great introduction to Jazz,
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This review is from: 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950s (8 CDs) (Audio CD)
All of the reviews that I have read for this 8 CD box set all seem, more or less, to agree that this represents good value. I have also recently purchased " 100 Hits Jazz," this is a 5 CD box set, but is not as good as "The 100 best jazz tunes of the 1950's." One of the reasons is that this set has a 64 page booklet to provide information on both the 100 tracks, and the musicians. It is a pity that some names of musicians appear to have been missed out, and that Ellington's Cat Anderson played trumpet and not trombone. A broader range of types of Jazz may have helped provide greater interest, but its no use wishing, the set is what it is and that's that. It does introduce musicians that you may never have heard of, and that cannot be a bad thing. It is a pity that the track on CD 2 with Coleman Hawkins ( April in Paris ) is, in my opinion, not very good. Coleman Hawkins produced lots of excellent tracks and it would not have been hard to have provided a better example of his work. Also on CD 2, the final track listed as Art Tatum and Ben Webster ( Have you met Miss Jones ) is a piano solo by Art Tatum. Highly recommended.