Various Artists

The Instrumental History of Jazz

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It's hard to fault this two-disc, enhanced CD collection. Starting with Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag" and roping in tracks from King Oliver, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, and John Coltrane, all the way to modern jazz musicians like Spyro Gyra and Geri Allen, this set covers a pretty broad base within such a small amount of disc space. The enhanced format also includes video clips of Duke, Bird, Dizzy, Miles, Monk, and more, all viewable on most Macintosh and Windows computers, a nice added bonus.

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