Various Artists

Tribute to Black Entertainers

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This two-CD set is rather odd. Programmed loosely (but not exactly) in alphabetical order, the first 41 selections mostly stick to early jazz of the pre-1950 era with the emphasis on vocalists ranging from the comedian Bert Williams and Louis Armstrong to Cab Calloway and Sarah Vaughan. The final nine numbers attempt to sum up the past 40 years in Black pop music (jazz is notably absent so was probably judged not "entertaining") and has performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Marvin Gaye. This sampler (which does contain some formerly rare early recordings) is a bit of a hodgepodge, making jazz appear to be a historical music that ceased to exist 45 years ago.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:04 Amazon
2 03:20 Amazon
3 03:14 Amazon
4
02:53 Amazon
5 02:59 Amazon
6 03:12 Amazon
7
02:43 Amazon
8 03:27 Amazon
9 03:32 Amazon
10 03:11 Amazon
11 03:13 Amazon
12 03:08 Amazon
13 02:56 Amazon
14 03:11 Amazon
15 02:33 Amazon
16
03:25 Amazon
17 03:10 Amazon
18 03:06 Amazon
19 03:04 Amazon
20 03:12 Amazon
21
02:35 Amazon
22 02:30 Amazon
23 03:05 Amazon
24 02:57 Amazon
25 02:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:01 Amazon
2 02:31 Amazon
3 03:05 Amazon
4 02:48 Amazon
5 03:02 Amazon
6 03:00 Amazon
7 03:04 Amazon
8 03:09 Amazon
9
02:52 Amazon
10 03:23 Amazon
11 02:54 Amazon
12 03:38 Amazon
13 03:02 Amazon
14 03:20 Amazon
15 02:23 Amazon
16 02:26 Amazon
17 02:47 Amazon
18 02:37 Amazon
19 02:52 Amazon
20 01:20 Amazon
21 02:36 Amazon
22 03:46 Amazon
23 03:09 Amazon
24 04:07 Amazon
25 03:00 Amazon
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