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Smithsonian <i>Jazz Masters</i> DVD Series

This budget-line series is drawn from a series of concerts held at the Smithsonian Institute in 1981-82. The artists chosen represent the music’s history admirably, from the classic blues of Alberta Hunter through New Orleans and swing styles to various modern approaches, though it would have been nice to see the postmodern era represented.

This edition of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers had Wynton Marsalis as musical director. He dazzles from the first solo of the night, proving time and again that no jazzer has ever played more trumpet. Whether any trumpeter has played more jazz, is, of course, another question and one that remains open.

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