Now, cards on the table here – I don’t get sent, or personally collect jazz records. I have nothing against in but I have only got two ears and the same number of hours in the day as you do. In many ways it is exactly people like me that compilations like ‘The Kings of…’ series are made for. They provide a way in to a whole genre through key artists and can fuel the start of a great and passionately maintained collection. Indeed, the first CD curated by Giles Peterson has a collection of traditional Jazz artists from the ’40s to the ’80s and has given me several ideas on artists I’d like to get to know better.
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I fared less well with the second disk that is curated by Jazzanova. This disk concentrated on modern offshoots of jazz and contains a lot of luxuriously overproduced soul tracks that got my back up. This is of course just me – if you are a fan of acts like Amp Fiddler, Sade or eighties pop soul then this could be a real eye-opener for you.
If you want to know more about jazz then this is an excellent primer and is bound to have something to excite you, as it did me.
Label : Rapster
Release Date : 20 March 2006
Website : www.rapsterrecords.com/kingsofjazz