Best of the Best!

The Best Albums from the Greatest Artists in Jazz!

Copyright © 1996, 2000 by David Reitzes


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Looking for advice on the best albums from the greatest artists in jazz, artists like Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson and Art Tatum, big bands like those of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw and more? You came to the right place.

What follows is my pick for the very Best of the Best, and you can even listen to brief selections with your RealPlayer, courtesy of As of this writing, every CD listed is available for sale at



Various Boogie Woogie Piano

Blue Boogie
(EMD/Blue Note)

One of the evolutionary landmarks between the blues and jazz, boogie woogie remains a satisfying art form in its own right. This CD collects essential cuts from such masters as Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis, and also explores the innovations of Earl Hines and Art Tatum.


Various Swing Classics

21 Swing Band All-Time Greats
(ASV/Living Era)

The definitive CD of the Swing era, featuring original recordings of the biggest hits by Benny Goodman ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), Glenn Miller ("Chatanooga Choo Choo"), Duke Ellington ("Take the 'A' Train") and other swing giants.



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