Various Artists

Compact Jazz Sampler

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With the Compact Jazz series offering plenty of fine single-artist starter discs, there should be no hesitation in picking up this multi-artist overview for that jazz neophyte friend. As usual, the price is right and the selection generous. Covering the '50s, '60s, and '70s, the disc includes both vocal and instrumental tracks from the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Dinah Washington, Erroll Garner, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. And for the more discerning listener, cuts by Chick Corea and the Swingle Singers won't disappoint. A very enjoyable way to start down that road to jazz obsession.

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