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Digby Fairweather • Notes From a Jazz Life

syncopatedtimes.com
 2021-07-29

Cover picture for the articleThis is an example of a special kind of collection I’ve learned to enjoy. Many jazz musicians have a reels of tape collected over decades and a few of them have created “greatest hits” albums mixing live cuts and a choice tracks from their hard-to-find back catalog. Unless they have become known for a theme song, a jazz musician’s greatest hits aren’t usually the crowd favorites, they are the performances they are proudest of, whether because of their own contribution or the success of the greater whole. These albums provide not just a retrospective look into the musical mind of the artist but are also nearly guaranteed to feature great music throughout. They also trace an arc through decades of history that the usually short careers of pop stars couldn’t hope to follow.

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