Introducing: The Sampler is a seemingly random assortment of cuts that represent Warner Jazz/Rhino's middling-to-decent Introducing series. It's the kind of disc that would normally be pressed up and shipped out to retailers for in-store play rather than sale. Its appeal beyond that is very, very limited, since it bounces between decades and styles -- from the three-minute edit of Charles Mingus' "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting" to David Sanborn's overstuffed recording of Marcus Miller's "Slam," made over 30 years later -- in a way that doesn't benefit anyone who is discovering jazz. The volumes representing John Coltrane, Herbie Mann, Joe Sample, Ornette Coleman, and several others are also represented.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman