Jazz on a Summers Day

Various Artists

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Jazz on a Summers Day Review

by Michael G. Nastos

From the soundtrack of the movie documenting the historic 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, you get an hour's worth of memorable performances by all the artists. There are no weak tracks, but Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk," the extended Louis Armstrong set, Anita O'Day scatting up a storm, and Chuck Berry's seemingly out of place "Sweet Little Sixteen" have been universally lauded over the years. Jimmy Giuffre's ahead-of-its time "Train and the River" and rare Mahalia Jackson songs cement this must-buy, unless you purchase the DVD. It's a precious gem -- a slice of a golden era in American music.

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