Various Artists

Playboy's 40th Anniversary: Four Decades of Jazz 1953-1993

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Playboy Magazine, this four-CD box set was compiled and released. The music is drawn from many catalogs (in addition to Verve) and is a sampler of some of the jazz styles from the 40-year period with the emphasis on greatest hits. From Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time," and Errol Garner's "Misty," Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl From Ipanema," and Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder" to Donald Byrd's "Black Byrd," Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Mister Magic," Kenny G's "Songbird" and Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy," many famous numbers are included, although Dixieland, the avant-garde, and creative fusion are completely ignored. The general collector may want to pick up this set as an introduction to some of these jazz artists, but they should be warned that this reissue does not give listeners the entire picture of the jazz world.

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