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on 9 July 2014
This collection contains the names of legends not only in jazz but of the entire history of Twentieth Century music. The performers are true giants - Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Billy Holiday, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, just to name a few.

Of the 25 tracks on this excellent album there are a good mix of instrumental and vocal inclusions. Some of the lovely sounding instrumentals include "Blue 'n' Boogie" and the brilliant "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie also has very good recordings featuring Charlie Parker with "Groovin' High, Dizzy Atmosphere, Hot House" and "Salt Peanuts" - though the last one here would have been better without the annoying occasional vocal. A sultry instrumental version of "Summertime" by Artie Shaw is simply gorgeous. "Ko-Ko" by Charlie Parker Be-Boppers is a great listen, as are Parker's three collaborations with another jazz legend, Miles Davis on "Yardbird Suite, Bird Of Paradise" and "Embraceable You."

Vocal additions include a track from the best ever jazz singer Billy Holiday with the haunting "Strange Fruit", Sarah Vaughan with the bluesy"Lover Man", Ella Fitzgerald with the carefree "Lady Be Good", and the iconic voice of Louis Armstrong featuring Jack Teagarden on "Rockin' Chair."

Transfers in my opinion are excellent on this approximately 75 minute running album. Liner notes are supplied by Tony Watts and include a tracklist with writers and year of recordings. All tracks are from the years 1943 to 1950 and play in chronological order.
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