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Various Artists: Monterey Jazz 1958-1980

The Monterey Jazz Festival has presented so much great music over the past 43 years that this reissue should not be considered more than a cursory overview. It’s quite an overview, however, when you consider two CDs worth of live performances by giants like Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry and Joe Williams.

The first disc gets off to a jumping start with the funky, gospel-tinged “Sticks” from a 1966 performance by the Adderley quintet. Belgian harmonicat Toots Thielemans follows by engaging guitarist Mundell Lowe in a lilting “Green Dolphin Street,” saxophonist Joe Henderson gives a lesson in virtuosity on his original “Isotope,” Johnny Griffin tears into his blues “The Jamfs Are Coming” and the Jimmy Giuffre trio with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer walk the contrapuntal tightrope on “Doxie.”

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