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Masters of Jazz Sampler [Malaco]

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Malaco's Masters of Jazz Sampler is a nifty look at some of jazz's best-known melodies; while it's by no means an attempt to survey all of "jazz's greatest hits," casual jazz fans will at least have heard of most of these tunes, and will undoubtedly recognize more than a few upon hearing them. Two of Louis Armstrong's best-known hits, "Mack the Knife" and "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," are here; Duke Ellington is well represented too, with two tracks of his own ("Take the 'A' Train" and "Sophisticated Lady"), as well as an Oscar Peterson version of "Satin Doll." Meanwhile, Cannonball Adderley performs his jazz-funk hits "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "The Work Song," and Thelonious Monk plays his oft-covered "Epistrophy." Overall, it's a good basic sampler for casual jazz fans.

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