Something of a smooth jazz oriented answer to the label's 2003 straight-ahead compilation Jazz After Dark, this highly engaging two-disc set features oft-played radio hits that have helped define the genre's generally easy grooves and colorful melodies. For diehard fans, smooth jazz has always been as about much about lifestyle as music, and these tracks will no doubt remind them just why they became devotees. All the early classics (circa mid-'70s to mid-'80s) are here, from Kenny G.'s "Songbird" and Dave Grusin's "Mountain Dance" to George Benson's "Breezin'" and Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Just the Two of Us." These are supplemented by later hits like Boney James & Rick Braun's "Grazin' in the Grass" and Dave Koz's "You Make Me Smile." But it's not simply an objective survey of smoothness at its best. The collection also seems designed to promote artists in the Concord Jazz stable – David Benoit and Russ Freeman, the Rippingtons, the Braxton Brothers, Gato Barbieri, Eric Marienthal, and Cassandra Reed, among others.
This fantastic 3CD collectors' tin features over 3 hours of fine Smooth Jazz and easy, evocative classics. Relaxing rhythms and graceful grooves sweep through this three disc set like a retro convertible on a sunny summer day. Comes in a special edition collectors' tin box.
This album is the 4th in Smooth Jazz series produced by contemporary saxophonist and producer Konstantin Klashtorni. Relaxed, enjoyable groovy and romantic tracks is a main feature of his music. This latest release from Konstantin is an excellent addition to any Jazz collection. His artistry is one of the finest out there. His work is fantastic. You will be happy and listen to these albums over and over again without tiring of them. If you like any single release by Konstantin, you will not be let down by his others. He is a true master at keeping your mood on track through his music. His sound is settling and positive without being intrusive to your dealings through your day. Try it you will love it and the other albums of this and other series. Enjoy.
The Best Women Jazz Vocals album was released in 2002 by the Universal Music Group, and the album includes the best jazz artists.