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RCA Victor 80th Anniversary Sampler

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This budget CD is actually a sampler of a sampler series. In 1997, RCA celebrated the 80th anniversary of the first jazz recording by coming out with eight separate CDs that had music from one decade apiece. For this introductory set, there are two numbers from the first volume and one apiece from the remaining seven. Each of the selections is special in its own way, although more serious collectors will want to get the complete set. Included are the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's landmark "Livery Stable Blues," Jelly Roll Morton's "Dr. Jazz," Glenn Miller's "In the Mood," Dizzy Gillespie's "Night in Tunisia," Charles Mingus' "Tijuana Gift Shop," Sonny Rollins stretching out on "Without a Song," Louis Armstrong's second version of "What a Wonderful World," Marcus Roberts' "The Truth Is Spoken Here," and Tom Harrell's "Labyrinth." Although the recording dates are given, the personnel are unfortunately left out. Strictly for beginners.

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