In a Smooth Groove

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: PLAYBOY JAZZ
  • UPC: 013431750222
  • Catalog Number: 27502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grazing in the Grass (5:09)
  2. 2 Smiles and Smiles to Go - Larry Carlton (5:48)
  3. 3 Ariana (5:06)
  4. 4 Stiletto Heeels - Russ Freeman (4:12)
  5. 5 Groove With You - Phil Perry (4:25)
  6. 6 Don't Stop (3:58)
  7. 7 Last Kiss (5:14)
  8. 8 From Now On (4:31)
  9. 9 Steppin' Out - Eddie Taylor (4:36)
  10. 10 Walikin' on the Moon (3:59)
  11. 11 Joyful (4:21)
  12. 12 Come With Me - Tania Maria (5:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Make Me Smile (4:17)
  2. 2 Breezin' - George Benson (5:39)
  3. 3 Just the Two of Us (3:57)
  4. 4 Bella Luna (3:56)
  5. 5 Reunion (5:46)
  6. 6 Color of Love (4:26)
  7. 7 Mist Trail (4:37)
  8. 8 La Samba (5:45)
  9. 9 Mountain Dance (6:16)
  10. 10 Heaven - Sheila E. & the E-Train (5:16)
  11. 11 In & Out of Love (3:56)
  12. 12 Songbird (3:54)
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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 Jr. Guitar
Dave Karasony Drums
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Gene Lake Drums
Will Lee Bass
Yvonne Lewis Background Vocals
Lynn Mabry Vocals
Eric Marienthal Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Rick Marotta Drums
Harvey Mason Sr. 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 QuiƱones 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 Jr. 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, 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
Seth Presant Mastering
Bill Easton Jr. Arranger
Jochem van der Saag Arranger, Programming, Sound Design
Russ Freeman Composer
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