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August 02, 2010


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I'm not sure if you ever found this "hidden download" or not, but there's a Maynard Ferguson CD on ITunes called 50 Jazz Essentials for 10.99 (that's about 22 cents a song!). Sonically, it's a lot better than the Urbie Green one you mentioned. I have all the tunes on his original albums already, but if anyone doesn't, this is a great deal on some great big band jazz!



Hopefully I'm the first Maynard fan to tell you that the version of Hey There in this morning's Hidden Jazz Downloads appeared on a CD called the Sullivan Years; Big Band All-Stars, volume 2. Thanks for reminding me as I had not listened to it recently. Each of these CDs featured live cuts of Basie, Kenton, Rich, Ellington, James, etc. that were not released elsewhere. From 1001 Sundays and Sofa Entertainment, 1995. I too would like to know more about the iTunes process for determining what downloads will be sold.

Also, keep the Oddball (re: '50s spice) Album Covers coming.
I think you are on to one reason that 'MadMen' has struck a chord, I mean aside from great acting and dialogue!

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