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Classic Jazz: Jazz Masters

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook

Offering up a somewhat confused selection of modern jazz classics (Coltrane, Mel Tormé, and Mongo Santamaria on one disc?), Time Life still comes through with a solid mix of bop and hard bop instrumentals and vocals. Bookended by milestones from both eras, Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" and Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," Classic Jazz: Jazz Masters takes in additional gems from such other essential figures as Lester Young, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock. An enjoyable survey that's best suited to neophytes.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 04:16 Amazon
3 Clifford Brown / Lou Donaldson / Lou Donaldson Quintet 03:46 Amazon
4 Erroll Garner Trio 02:49 Amazon
5 Oscar Peterson Trio / Lester Young 03:27 Amazon
6 Nat King Cole 03:02 Amazon
7 Gene Ammons 02:48 Amazon
8 Miles Davis 04:03 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
10 Sonny Rollins 05:43 Amazon
11 Jon Hendricks / Dave Lambert / Lambert, Hendricks & Ross 02:18 Amazon
12 Charlie Byrd / Stan Getz 05:51 Amazon
13 Herbie Hancock 05:33 Amazon
14 Mongo Santamaria 02:29 Amazon
15 Jimmy McGriff 04:35 Amazon
16 Mel Tormé 04:54 Amazon
17 John Coltrane 04:47 Amazon
18 Horace Silver Quintet 07:14 Amazon
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