Much of Ross Porter’s book The Essential Jazz Recordings: 101 CDs contains fightin’ words for longstanding jazz fans, especially in Porter’s more recent selections (Pete Christlieb? Richie Cole? Mark Isham?). But the cognacvoiced radio host/station manager at Jazz.FM in Toronto isn’t
writing to impress fellow aficionados. This is an introductory text, and Porter’s easygoing odes to classics by Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington and dozens of others are aimed at the bewildered jazz neophyte. Paul Wells
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