This sampler from EMI/ Blue Note in Japan is simply out to lunch. It's two discs, and contains a total of a hundred tracks. How did they do it? Simple: they edited each cut down to just over a minute-and-a-half. No kidding. Can you imagine a 90-second version of John Coltrane's "Blue Train?" It's here. A minute-and-a-half "'Round Midnight," by Thelonious Monk? That too. How about a short edit of Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder," Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' "Moanin'," or Miles Davis' "Dear Old Stockholm?" Yep. All here. So why would Blue Note do such a thing? Easy: they are (as they always have) catering to a market -- namely DJs. These cuts are far more ripe for finding sampled breaks than full versions and sound a little bit like a very badly put together mixtape, as the edits are extremely sloppy. This may be a budget release in Japan, but here in the United States it's outrageously priced. Avoid it unless you are particularly lazy DJ. Look for the albums instead.
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