Various Artists

The Best of Chess Jazz

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This double LP has music from 18 different groups (mostly from 1956-66) and puts the focus on Chess's much-overlooked jazz catalog. Best-known as one of the leading Chicago blues labels, Chess (as shown on this two-fer) recorded many interesting jazz dates ranging from James Moody and Gene Ammons to Benny Goodman, the Jazztet, Ramsey Lewis and even John Klemmer. Although the original albums are preferred, this sampler does have its strong selections and (if found at a budget price) is worth picking up.

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