Various Artists

Jazz Station: Juke Box Hits, Vol. 2

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What exactly a hit is has always been a relative term. It can refer to chart positioning, naturally, and there was a time when jazz tracks dominated the charts, although by the very end of the 20th century and into the 21st, jazz had been marginalized commercially. A hit can also be any tune or melody that became popular with audiences, or with other musicians, perhaps an even surer way to immortality than a high chart position. There's a little of both in this second volume of a four-volume set to survey the popular hits of modern jazz, including Miles Davis' "Bye Bye Blackbird," Art Tatum's "St. Louis Blues," and Dizzy Gillespie's "Blue Moon," to name just three.

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