Various Artists

The Best of the Jazz Trumpets

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One of five best-of CDs put out by Denon (along with collections featuring big bands, singers, saxophonists and pianists), this sampler features Chet Baker and Donald Byrd on one selection apiece from 1958, Dizzy Gillespie performing "Kush" in 1976, Freddie Hubbard on 1970's "Blues for Duane," three short numbers from Louis Armstrong in 1959, Maynard Ferguson's 1965 "Got the Spirit" and an unusual version of "The Theme" that features Thad Jones, Howard McGhee and Kenny Dorham. There is nothing all that essential on this release (some of whose material comes from the Groove Merchant catalog) but it does have its strong moments.

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