The Best Smooth Jazz...Ever! [2 CD Blue Note]

The Best Smooth Jazz...Ever! [2 CD Blue Note]


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This incredibly light, fun, and surprisingly hip two-CD collection from Blue Note uses the term "smooth jazz" in an unexpected way. Rather than referring to the genre, "smooth" refers to the temperament and feel of these sometimes funky/sometimes poppy tracks that are selected from six decades of jazz. Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, and a couple other names could be filed in the smooth jazz section, but Adderley, Baker, and Byrd are too classic for that, and it's easy to imagine the legions of funky Medeski, Martin & Wood fans recoiling in horror over the title's Kenny G. insinuation. In actuality the disc is a whole lot of fun. Most of it is very hip fun and very little of it is wallpaper. The Bobby McFerrin, Ramsey Lewis, and Chet Baker cuts are obvious choices, but the inclusion of Charlie Hunter's smoky version of Roxy Music's "More Than This" is a very pleasant surprise and having such divergent sounds as St. Germain's "Latin Note" and Elza Soares' "Mas Que Nada" in the same collection is crafty cool. Perhaps Sauve Jazz would be a better title for this pleasing collection of refined and relaxing tunes.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724386039224
catalogNumber: 60392
Rank: 2471

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Composer
Cyndi Lauper   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Roy Ayers   Composer
Michael Franks   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Tim Heintz   Composer
Earl Klugh   Composer
Dave Koz   Composer
Ronnie Laws   Composer
Bobby McFerrin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Jeff Carruthers   Composer
Joyce Cooling   Composer
Dave Grusin   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Composer
Steve Dubin   Composer
Steve Grove   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Rob Hyman   Composer
William Jeffrey   Composer
John Medeski   Composer
Roger Murrah   Composer
Bill Page   Composer
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Keith Stegall   Composer
Geoff Wilkinson   Composer
Billy Martin   Composer
Darin Black   Composer
Jay Wagner   Composer
Ludovic Navarre   Composer
P. Brown   Composer
C. Woods   Composer
Stuart Wade   Composer

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