This two-CD set is...programmed loosely (but not exactly) in alphabetical order; the first 41 selections mostly stick to early jazz of the pre-1950 era, with the emphasis on vocalists ranging from comedian Bert Williams
and Louis Armstrong
to Cab Calloway
and Sarah Vaughan
. The final nine numbers attempt to sum up the past 40 years in Black pop music (jazz is notably absent)...and has performances from the likes of Aretha Franklin
, Little Richard
and Marvin Gaye
. This sampler (which does contain some formerly rare early recordings) is a bit of a hodgepodge...