Various Artists

Mercury 40th Anniversary

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To celebrate its 40th birthday and revival, Mercury came up with this attractive and valuable four-LP box set which is comprised of material largely unreleased at the time. The performances (mostly from the 1950s) feature such greats as Erroll Garner, Arnett Cobb, Clark Terry, Dinah Washington, Paul Quinichette, Junior Mance, Paul Bley, Helen Merrill, Clifford Brown, John Williams, Herb Geller, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Cleveland, Cannonball Adderley, the Quincy Jones Orchestra, Billy Taylor, the Jazztet, Bob James (as an acoustic pianist in 1962) and Dizzy Gillespie. Some but not all of this material has resurfaced on CD and virtually all of the music is quite enjoyable.

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