Various Artists

Jazz Masterpieces Sampler, Vol. 3

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Some of the best albums you'll ever hear are samplers from labels trying to hook you on a number of their catalog releases simultaneously. This cool collection is from a Columbia sampler series full of wonderful jazz from the extensive vaults of the legendary label. The great Miles Davis uncharacteristically lays out on "Dr. Jackle" to kick things off, followed by Count Basie with Lester Young on the jumping "Lester Leaps In." Even with the slinky "The Mooche" by Duke Ellington, "Echoes of Harlem" by the unheralded Cootie Williams may be the most soulful tune in the bunch.

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