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Modern Jazz: Gold Collection

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Fine Tunes' Modern Jazz -- Be-Bop to Fusion: The Gold Collection culls eight highlights from the label's jazz discs, including cuts by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. Since Fine Tunes only releases poor-sounding subpar live performances by jazz musicians, this sampler is of as much interest as the discs themselves -- that is, it's not of interest to casual listeners, since the music isn't terrific, nor is it of interest to collectors, since there is no information about the performances and the music isn't very good. With a little effort -- some remastering and liner notes -- the Fine Tunes series could have been worthwhile, but as it stands, it's just frustrating.

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