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Rough Guide to Classic Jazz

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The Rough Guide to Classic Jazz is a fine introduction to the growth of jazz from the beginning of the 20th century up to the mid-'30s, including selections by all the major pioneers -- Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington -- as well as important blues figures like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Pinetop Smith.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:24
2 3:26
3 2:37
4 2:26
5 3:04
6 2:48
7 2:55
8 3:17
9 2:59
10 2:57
11 2:57
12 3:11
13 3:09
14 3:05
15 3:03
16 2:59
17 2:49
18 3:00
19 2:39
20 3:11
21 2:33
22 3:12
23 2:49
24 3:06
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