Various Artists

Jazz!

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This weirder than weird Jazz! box set contains four CDs. Three assemble great tracks by classic big-band artists and vocalists ranging from Duke Ellington, Jack Teagarden, and Woody Herman on the instrumental side to singers like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Prima, and Helen Humes. There is, however, an entire disc devoted to solo piano interpretations of Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, and Fats Waller tunes played -- not very well -- solo by pianist John F. Kangas. Luckily this is cheap, but it's still unclear as to who would want it.

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