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Stardust Records Presents
Vocal and Jazz Ecstacy

I tried hard to write this review from a unique angle, but failed miserably since there doesn't seem to be much information available on Vocal and Jazz Ecstacy, a new compilation of classics from Stardust Records. Fortunately, the music is strong enough to not really need my witty commentary. Ecstasy has 15 tracks from some of the greatest jazz artists of all time, with one novelty cut (Marilyn Monroe's faux-French sounding take on "Do It Again") and one vanity track ("Brazil" by The Blue Dahlia, which features a member who put this compilation together).

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Vocal and Jazz Ecstacy

Do It Again: Marilyn Monroe
Brazil: The Blue Dahlia
Ain't Misbehavin': Count Basie
Baby Won't you Please Come Home: Ray Charles

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The mood of the record is framed by romantic and nostalgic sentiments, and is primarily made up of slow and medium tempos. However, it never gets bogged down, because, frankly, who could get tired of hearing Ray Charles sing "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" or Count Basie with Joe Williams on "Ain't Misbehavin'." Vocal and Jazz Ecstasy would be an excellent gift for a jazz rookie. But, with solid entries from artists ranging from Charlie Parker to Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie and Django Reinhardt, even those with more extensive collections will enjoy the program.

-Gary A. Miller



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