Al Hirt

Best of Al Hirt [Cema Special Markets]

(CD - CEMA Special Markets #19457)

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To the extent that "best of" equates to "greatest hits," this budget album does not justify its title, since none of the eight recordings, which EMI-Capitol licensed from Intersound, are among the chart singles Al Hirt recorded for RCA Victor in the 1960s. But it does feature well-recorded and well-performed versions of many of the New Orleans Dixieland standards with which the trumpeter is identified, such as "Basin Street Blues," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "When The Saints Go Marching In," so some fans, especially jazz enthusiasts, may find this a more satisfying collection than one that included "Java" and Hirt's other more pop-oriented tracks.

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