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Basquiat Salutes Jazz

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Basquiat Salutes Jazz is a shameless attempt at cashing in on the memory of the great painter by pairing his love of jazz music -- and Tom Terrell referencing himself and the late artist's record collection -- and Fantasy's jazz catalog. While the biographical essay and Terrell's self-serving essay are interesting and the cover art is wonderful, these 12 cuts have been heard many times in many different ways, amounting to nothing more than a bebop compilation with a groovy cover. This smells like exploitation.

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