Chip Deffaa
February 09, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The History of Chess Jazz

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Chess, GRP
genre
Jazz

We gave it an B+

Although this Chicago label was best known for the blues, in the ’50s and ’60s it also made definitive recordings of such jazz masters as Illinois Jacquet (”You’re My Thrill”), Zoot Sims (”The Man I Love”), and Art Farmer and Benny Golson (”Killer Joe”). They’re on The History of Chess Jazz to be savored, along with lesser talents offering little beyond a funky groove (Odell Brown’s ”Mellow Yellow”).

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