Various Artists

Jazz Is Love

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This sampler from the Everest catalog is meant to stimulate sales during the Valentine's Day season. Surprisingly, only three of the 15 songs have vocals and it is a bit of a stretch calling some of these numbers love songs. It does serve as a good excuse for a variety of ballads and melodic pieces from the 1950s and early '60s (with the Django Reinhardt number from 1947) to be reissued in an attractive if not particularly essential collection. The selections range from the Gloria Lynne hit "I Wish You Love" to obscurities featuring altoist Marshall Royal, Coleman Hawkins, and the Gershwin in Brass ensemble, mostly fitting into the swing genre. Unfortunately only some of the personnel and recording dates are included in the liner notes.

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