Hot Jazz

The four-disc compilation of Hot Jazz on Blue Note is exceptional in song choices and meticulous in the liner notes. Dan Morgenstern deserves his credits for both. In particular, his brief commentary on each track is a wonderful guide for novice listeners. Even if you’re not a jazz freak, you better crank up your AC because the fervent blues, stomping swing and sensational sound of New Orleans get pretty hot and zesty. Sidney Bechet’s “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me” alone is spicy enough to make you sweat.

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