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Jazz Moods: Morning Cup of Jazz

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Jazz Moods: Morning Cup of Jazz is designed -- like a cup of strong hot coffee -- to ease listeners pleasantly but firmly into the day and, as such, compiles jazz tracks with an easygoing yet energetic feel. The musical styles are all over the place -- Latin jazz, Brazilian jazz, jazz-pop, funky soul-jazz -- so the collection really doesn't hang together well (unless you have a very short attention span and don't notice the abrupt shifts). Then again, the variety may actually make it more interesting for some listeners, and most of the cuts do have an infectious sort of energy that makes the title fairly accurate.

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