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Now That's What I Call Jazz - Various Artists Reaching deep into its cavernous vaults, EMI music has extracted a rich bountiful of moody and sentimental jazz, perfect for those long, expectant evenings or those equally long, rain-filled days. Unlike most of the same stuff they've been churning out recently, this one is a refreshingly nice change from all those Love Songs and Classic Rock compilations that seem to be never ending.

Nicely packaged with a nostalgic feel - Now That's What I Call Jazz - contains nearly 40 songs guaranteed to set a distinctly low-keyed mood, equal parts sultry and sad. The vast majority of the material is from bygone days of the '50s and the '60s, with more recent entries like Norah Jones (with her cover of the Roxy Music classic More Than This) retaining that flavor. If you like jazz music enough to start a collection, but don't know who you like, this is an excellent place to start. Concentrating exclusively on the romantic side of jazz, this compilation contains an abundance of classic performances by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and even a bit of Duke Ellington to start with. The album seems to combines vintage retro jazz with newer artists like Carleen Anderson but the music blends well and there's high artistic quality throughout. Plus it's got my all time favourite song from a James Bond movie on it as well - Louis Armstrong is at his finest moment ever doing We Have All The Time In The World (and incidentally it was also the last song he ever recorded before he passed away) - this alone makes this compilation one of the best ever made. So what else do you need to know?

Now That's What I Call Jazz contains nearly 40 songs on 2 CDs and what makes it even more irresistible is its low price! So whether you want to relax after a long day at work, and get into your comfy chair and read, or you want to romance that special someone with some great and a candlelight setting - this is the way to do it. Two thumbs up all the way.

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