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Genre: Smooth Jazz | Label: Sony Jazz | Catalog Number: 5082202000​

Forget about the title of this release, it is an excellent compilation of music from the early seventies right up to the present day. Unfortunately record companies ( and critics ! ) seem to have the need to put music into categories, possibly to attract the purchaser, but, as in the case of this disc, it could quite conceivably have the opposite outcome. I do not feel that this selection has any more connection with Summer than with any other time of the year. I also feel that the term " smooth " is derogatory in its concept to most of the tracks here.
Perhaps the greatest oversight on this double CD is the lack of information contained in the liner notes. Apart from the year of each track there are no further details either about personnel or album title. This is a great disappointment as there are artists whose work is not particularly familiar, but it would be beneficial to me and to many other listeners to be able to discover more about these releases, and , possibly purchase the original recording ( surely this is one of the primary ideas behind the concept of the compilation).
There are many highlights on this set - some old friends , some new experiences. Grover Washington Jr. has been a personal favourite for many years. He was an artist who, probably through categorisation, failed to receive the recognition he deserved from the hard core Jazz fans. He was certainly one of the most accomplished multi - instrumentalists in music, sharing with the likes of James Moody and Roland Kirk the ability to be totally convincing on whatever instrument he happened to be playing. His soprano excursion on "Can You Stop The Rain ?" ( from the album "Soulful Strut ") is particularly effective. He was one of the few players who had such a high degree of control of this maverick of an instrument - having played it myself for some 25 years I can really admire his musicianship !
Other notable selections on Disc 1 include Martin Taylor's "That's The Way Of The World",The Isley Brother's "Summer Breeze"( where does this fit into "Smooth Jazz"? ) and the superb offering from Gato Barbieri ( from the album " Que Pasa"). On Disc 2 I particularly enjoyed Sly And The Family Stone, Grover, Lonnie Liston Smith and the absolutely wonderful " Diggin' On James Brown" by Tower Of Power. For all my reservations as to the production of this compilation I must recommend it most strongly both as a way to discover and as a pure delight in its own right.
Tracklist :::
CD1:
01. Peter White - Turn It Out
02. Chris Botti - Streets Ahead
03. Billy Cobham - Shadow
04. Martin Taylor - That's The Way Of The World
05. Buckshot LeFonque - Another Day (Remix)
06. Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
07. Grover Washington Jr. - Can You Stop The Rain
08. Yoshiro Nakamura - Maria
09. Ramsey Lewis - Wade In The Water
10. Steve Tyrell - It Had To Be You
11. The Isley Brothers - Summer Breeze
12. Kirk Whalum - Glow
13. Stanley Clarke - East River Drive
14. Tom Scott - Spindrift
15. Gato Barbieri - Mystica
CD2:
01. Grover Washington Jr. - Strawberry Moon
02. Peter White - Fantasy
03. Dan Siegel - What Gives
04. Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
05. Clementine - Les Voyages
06. Herbie Hancock - You Bet Your Love
07. Eric Gale - Sara Smile
08. Tower Of Power - Diggin' On James Brown
09. Lonnie Liston Smith - Mystical Dreamer
10. Richard Bona - Parle Moi de Toi
11. George Benson - My Latin Brother
12. Marta Mus - Do It Again
13. Martin Taylor - Nitelife
14. M Sasaji & L.A. Allstars - Green Flower Street
15. Chris Botti - Union

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