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The cover of Somethin' Else

Listen Cannonball Adderley: 'Somethin' Else'

August 1, 2001 – Saxophonist Adderley was nicknamed "the New Bird" for fast his leads a la Charlie "Bird" Parker.

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The cover of The Sage of Tippo

Listen Mose Allison: 'The Sage of Tippo'

August 1, 2001 – A prolific songwriter, pianist and singer, Allison brings his Southern bluesy style to jazz.

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Listen Gene Ammons: 'All-Star Sessions with Sonny Stitt'

August 1, 2001 – The founder of the "Chicago School" of tenor sax, Gene Ammons played bebop and R&B with equal skill.

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The cover of The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings

Listen Louis Armstrong: 'The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings'

August 1, 2001 – Armstrong exuded joy and exuberance as a trumpet player and singer as he rose to worldwide fame.

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Listen Louis Armstrong: 'Best of the Decca Years'

August 1, 2001 – The Best of the Decca Years includes one of the best scat solos of all time in "Up a Lazy River."

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Listen Mildred Bailey: 'That Rockin' Chair Lady'

August 1, 2001 – Dynamic and plucky, Bailey's sweet and flexible voice sparkles on this recording.

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Listen Count Basie: 'Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings'

August 1, 2001 – After breaking up due to finances, Basie's band reorganized with recordings solidifying his legend.

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Listen Count Basie: 'The Essential Count Basie, Volumes I & II'

August 1, 2001 – This set featuring "the Kansas City Walk" showcases Basie at the height of his ballroom success.

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Listen Sidney Bechet: 'The Sidney Bechet Story'

August 1, 2001 – Sidney Bechet developed a distinctive, vibrato style on soprano saxophone that won him wide acclaim.

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Listen Bix Beiderbecke: 'Singin' the Blues, Vol. I' & 'At the Jazz Band Ball, Vol. 2'

August 1, 2001 – Beiderbecke's virtuosity and originality on cornet won admiration from Armstrong and other greats.

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Listen Tony Bennett: 'The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album'

August 1, 2001 – Teamed with famed jazz pianist Bill Evans, Bennett shows off his inventive, interpretive voice.

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Listen Art Blakey: 'The Best of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers'

August 1, 2001 – One of the greatest jazz drummers, Blakey employed powerful, rhythmic playing in the hard bop style.

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Listen Dave Brubeck: 'Jazz Goes to College'

August 1, 2001 – Known for complex rhythms, Dave Brubeck recorded Jazz Goes to College live on college campuses.

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Listen Kenny Burrell: 'Midnight Blue'

August 1, 2001 – Known as Duke Ellington's favorite guitarist, Kenny Burrell was a master of the blues.

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Listen Benny Carter: 'BBB & Company'

August 1, 2001 – After six decades, Carter was still going strong, making marks as bandleader, composer and arranger.

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