In a Smooth Groove

In a Smooth Groove

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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

Overview

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. The good news is that the label indeed has some of the genre's greatest artists, so even these tracks represent the ongoing best smooth jazz has to offer.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
PLAYBOY JAZZ
UPC:
0013431750222
catalogNumber:
27502

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Austin   Vocals
Bill Withers   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Justo Almario   Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Gato Barbieri   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
George Benson   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar,Keyboards
Jorge Dalto   Piano,Clavinet
Eddie Duran   Guitar
Pete Escovedo   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Ronnie Foster   Electric Piano,Mini Moog
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dave Koz   Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone
Tania Maria   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Valentin   Flute,Alto Flute
Peter White   Guitar
Phil Upchurch   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Scott Kreitzer   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Saxophone,Group Member
Wallace Roney   Trumpet
Tom Schuman   Keyboards
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion,Conga,Syndrum
Phil Davis   Wurlitzer
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals
Ray Obiedo   Guitar
Milton Cardona   Percussion,Conga,Shakere
Boney James   Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al   Bass
Scott Ambush   Bass
Robby Ameen   Drums
Randy Andos   Trombone,Bass Trombone,Group Member
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Jay Beckenstein   Saxophone
Regina Belle   Vocals
David Benoit   Piano,fender rhodes
Louis Biancaniello   Bass,Keyboards
Vernon "Ice" Black   Guitar
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Wayne Braxton   Keyboards,Saxophone,fender rhodes
Scott Breadman   Percussion
Dean Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ed Calle   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,EWI
Oskar Cartaya   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Melvin Davis   Bass
Sheila E.   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Sheila Escovedo   Percussion
Julio Fernandez   Guitar
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Steve Gadd   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
James Genus   Bass
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Rayford Griffin   Drums
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Bill Heller   Keyboards
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Dave Karasony   Drums
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Gene Lake   Drums
Will Lee   Bass
Yvonne Lewis   Background Vocals
Lynn Mabry   Vocals
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Rick Marotta   Drums
Harvey Mason   Drums
Ullanda McCullough   Background Vocals
Peter Michael   Vocals
Jason Miles   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Marcus Miller   Bass
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Chris Parker   Drums
John Pena   Electric Bass
Portinho   Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion,Conga
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Lee Ritenour   Keyboards
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Joel Rosenblatt   Drums
David Samuels   Drums,Marimbas,Vibes,Mallet Synthesizer
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Kim Stone   Bass
Richard Tee   fender rhodes
Lee Thornburg   Trombone
Steve Thornton   Percussion
Terry Trotter   DX-7
Frank Vignola   Guitar
Ken Wallace   Keyboards
Grover Washington   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Kochanski   Keyboards
Dan Warner   Guitar
Marc Portman   Keyboards
Jeff Koz   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards
Phil Hamilton   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Alan Hinds   Rhythm Guitar
Mike Shapiro   Drums
Nelson Braxton   Bass,Electric Guitar
Renato Neto   Piano,Soloist
Byron Williams   Keyboards
Mike Ricchiuti   Piano
Bill Eaton   oberheim
Cassandra Reed   Vocals
Larry E. Williams   Bass
Jochem van der Saag   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Russ Freeman   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Guitar,Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

Patti Austin   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Kenny G   Composer
Gato Barbieri   Composer
Larry Carlton   Arranger,Composer
Pete Escovedo   Composer
Dave Koz   Arranger,Composer
Tania Maria   Arranger
Dave Valentin   Composer
Jeremy Wall   Composer
Scott Kreitzer   Arranger
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Phil Davis   Arranger
Chris Jasper   Composer
Ray Obiedo   Arranger,Composer
Boney James   Arranger
David Benoit   Composer
Louis Biancaniello   Composer,drum programming
Rick Braun   Arranger
Wayne Braxton   drum programming
John Burk   Executive Producer
Ed Calle   Composer,String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Gordon Chambers   Composer
Claus Ogerman   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Grusin   Arranger,Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Harry Elston   Composer
Doug Emery   Arranger,Programming
Marvin Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Lee Levin   Arranger,Programming
Eric Marienthal   Arranger
Jason Miles   Programming
Chieli Minucci   Arranger
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming
William Salter   Composer
Steve Skinner   drum programming
Dave Kochanski   Arranger,Composer
Jeff Koz   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Jonathan Widran   Liner Notes
Regina Werneck   Composer
Arnie Roman   Composer
Philemon Hou   Composer
Cassandra Reed   Composer
Bill Easton   Arranger
Jochem van der Saag   Arranger,Programming,Sound Design
Russ Freeman   Composer

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