Best Smooth Jazz Ever CD - Various Artists (2005)

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 63949896
UPC 724386039224
UPC 14 00724386039224
Format CD
Release Date 3/1/2005
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 60392
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 03/01/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 108m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724386039224
Album Notes and Credits
Performers include: Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Casandra Wilson, Earl Klugh. Richard Elliott, Bob James, Donald Byrd, Medeski, Martin & Wood and many more.
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. ~ David Jeffries
Disc 1
1 Lovely Day - Bill Withers,We're In This Love Together - Al Jarreau
2 All I See Is You - Dave Koz,Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Gerard Presencer/Rahsaan/Us3
3 Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin,Always There - Ronnie Laws
4 More Than This - Norah Jones/Charlie Hunter Quartet/Charlie Hunter,Cellar Funk - Down To The Bone
5 Lady Wants To know, The - Michael Franks,Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderley Quintet (live)
6 My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker,"In" Crowd, The - Ramsey Lewis Trio
7 Mystic Voyage - Ronny Jordan/Roy Ayers,Chill Factor - Richard Elliot
8 Last Tango - Gato Barbieri (Last Tango In Paris),Time After Time - Cassandra Wilson
9 Livin' Large - Euge Groove,Living Inside Your Love - Earl Klugh
10 Flight-Time - Donald Byrd,Mas Que Nada (Say No More) - Elza Soares
11 Expression - Joyce Cooling,Medicine Man - Bobby McFerrin
12 Latin Note - St. Germain,Sugar Craft - Medeski, Martin & Wood (Yuka Honda Remix, Yuka Honda remix)
Disc 2
1 Lovely Day - Bill Withers,We're In This Love Together - Al Jarreau
2 All I See Is You - Dave Koz,Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Gerard Presencer/Rahsaan/Us3
3 Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin,Always There - Ronnie Laws
4 More Than This - Norah Jones/Charlie Hunter Quartet/Charlie Hunter,Cellar Funk - Down To The Bone
5 Lady Wants To know, The - Michael Franks,Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderley Quintet (live)
6 My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker,"In" Crowd, The - Ramsey Lewis Trio
7 Mystic Voyage - Ronny Jordan/Roy Ayers,Chill Factor - Richard Elliot
8 Last Tango - Gato Barbieri (Last Tango In Paris),Time After Time - Cassandra Wilson
9 Livin' Large - Euge Groove,Living Inside Your Love - Earl Klugh
10 Flight-Time - Donald Byrd,Mas Que Nada (Say No More) - Elza Soares
11 Expression - Joyce Cooling,Medicine Man - Bobby McFerrin
12 Latin Note - St. Germain,Sugar Craft - Medeski, Martin & Wood (Yuka Honda Remix, Yuka Honda remix)

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