Various Artists

Jazz for the Moon and the Stars

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Jazz is not the commercially popular, chart-topping genre it was in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, and in the first decade of the 21st century, most casual listeners consider it a marginalized music that requires extra concentration and devotion to comprehend and absorb, but like most generalizations, there's only some truth in that view. This easy-flowing set of vocal and instrumental jazz is themed around the moon and stars, and with tracks like Don Byas' "How High the Moon," Dizzy Gillespie's "Star Dust," and Elvin Jones' "Moon River," it flows as smoothly as a nice breeze on a warm spring evening, and is every bit as accessible.

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