Smooth Jazz #1 Hits

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Simply put, this set from Concord Jazz collects 11 tracks that reached the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart -- we're not sure why Concord's trying to bring back the "smooth jazz" moniker -- from the late 2000s and 2010s. Highlights include Boney James' shimmering "Touch" from Send One Your Love; Fourplay's slick, funky "3rd Degree" from Let's Touch the Sky; George Benson's "Livin' in High Definition" off Songs and Stories; Mindi Abair's Grover Washington-esque "Be Beautiful" from her In Hi-Fi Stereo long-player, and the title track from saxophonist Paul Taylor's Burnin' album. Concord did their level best to cross-license the highest quality chart-toppers from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Simply put, this set from Concord Jazz collects 11 tracks that reached the top of Billboard's contemporary jazz chart -- we're not sure why Concord's trying to bring back the "smooth jazz" moniker -- from the late 2000s and 2010s. Highlights include Boney James' shimmering "Touch" from Send One Your Love; Fourplay's slick, funky "3rd Degree" from Let's Touch the Sky; George Benson's "Livin' in High Definition" off Songs and Stories; Mindi Abair's Grover Washington-esque "Be Beautiful" from her In Hi-Fi Stereo long-player, and the title track from saxophonist Paul Taylor's Burnin' album. Concord did their level best to cross-license the highest quality chart-toppers from these years, and came up with a summery, easy-grooving collection that should satisfy every contemporary (er, smooth) jazz fan's expectations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072328549
  • Catalog Number: 32854
  • Sales rank: 59,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Put the Top Down - Lee Ritenour (5:00)
  2. 2 Touch - Boney James (3:47)
  3. 3 3rd Degree - Fourplay (5:07)
  4. 4 Be Beautiful - Mindi Abair (3:54)
  5. 5 Burnin' - Paul Taylor (3:57)
  6. 6 Bright - Peter White (4:09)
  7. 7 Till You Come To Me - Chrystal Monee Hall (4:13)
  8. 8 Sweet Summer Nights - Najee (4:11)
  9. 9 Tropical Rain - Jessy J (4:15)
  10. 10 Steady As She Goes - Walter Beasley (3:54)
  11. 11 Living In High Definition - George Benson (7:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Walter Beasley Alto Saxophone
George Benson Guitar, Vocals
Jonathan Butler Guitar
Omar Hakim Drums
Bob James Keyboards
Gregg Karukas Keyboards
Dave Koz Alto Saxophone
Najee Soprano Saxophone
Peter White Guitar, Keyboards
Mel Brown Bass
Boney James Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Brian Culbertson Keyboards
Sheila E. Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet
Richie Gajate Garcia Percussion
Gary Grant Trumpet
Dan Higgins Tenor Saxophone
James K. Lloyd Keyboards
Chuck Loeb Guitar
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums
Marcus Miller Bass
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Rex Rideout Wurlitzer
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Lil John Roberts Cymbals
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Michael Spiro Percussion
Paul Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Scott Amendola Drums
Smitty Smith Bass
Kate Stenberg Violin
Michael White Drums
David Ryan Harris Guitar, Vocals
Jon Evans Bass
Tim Carmon Keyboards, fender rhodes
Mindi Abair Alto Saxophone, Vocals
David Delhomme Keyboards
Paul Ehrlich Viola
Randall Bowland Guitar
Shayna Steele Background Vocals
Jubu Guitar
Dina Maccabee Viola
Spencer Day Vocals
Darren Rahn Keyboards, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, fender rhodes, Horn Section
Frank Selman Electric Guitar
Justin Johnston Background Vocals
Julie Kim Violin
Jessy J Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Lee Davis Bass
Jason Rahn Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Yair Evnine Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
D.C. Keyboards
Tony Watson Jr. Saxophone
Bobby Sparks II Hammond B3
Roberto Valle Bass
Sergio Gonzalez Drums
Barry Eastmond Percussion, Keyboards
Vicky Ehrlich Cello
Rene Sazer Violin
Brian Lee Violin
Chrystal Monee Hall Background Vocals
Dawayne Swan Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Gregg Karukas Arranger
John Klemmer Composer
Dave Koz Composer
Najee Composer
Peter White Composer, Producer, Engineer
Boney James Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Fourplay Producer
Paul Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer
John Burk Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Barry J. Eastmond Arranger, Producer
James K. Lloyd Programming, Producer
Chuck Loeb Composer
Marcus Miller Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dennis Moody Engineer
Don Murray Engineer
David Rideau Engineer
Rex Rideout Producer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Michael White Engineer
David Ryan Harris Composer
Mindi Abair Producer
Dan Savant Engineer
Guilherme Canaes Engineer
J.J. Blair Engineer
Taka Honda Engineer
John Wroble Engineer
Richard Barron Engineer
Noel Zancanella Engineer
Stuart Bogie String Arrangements
Seth Presant Engineer
Isaiah Abolin Engineer
Mighty Simon Phillips Engineer
Jeff Harris Engineer
Spencer Day Producer
Ben Yonas Producer, Engineer
Darren Rahn Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Jessy J Composer
Melvin Lee Davis Engineer
James Lloyd Composer
Chandler Harrod Engineer
D.C. Programming, Producer, Engineer
Stefan Nordin Engineer
Barry Eastmond Engineer
Phillippe Saisse Engineer
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