Smooth Urban Jazz

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The lines between urban pop music and hip-hop/R&B-styled smooth jazz with cool background vocals become thinner over time, and Shanachie -- a label that keeps finding creative ways to create all-star concept projects using their roster -- has no problem finding the joys of the gray area here. While a little cheap on the tracking at nine cuts, this disc offers funky smooth jazz arrangements of urban chart-toppers by Aaliyah the bouncy, hypnotic "Rock the Boat," featuring vocalist Maysa Leak, Jay-Z a bluesy, moody reworking of "Izzo Hova," led by the gospel organ excitement of Moe Daniels, Usher "U Don't Have to Call", and others like Shaggy, Missy Elliot, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The lines between urban pop music and hip-hop/R&B-styled smooth jazz with cool background vocals become thinner over time, and Shanachie -- a label that keeps finding creative ways to create all-star concept projects using their roster -- has no problem finding the joys of the gray area here. While a little cheap on the tracking at nine cuts, this disc offers funky smooth jazz arrangements of urban chart-toppers by Aaliyah the bouncy, hypnotic "Rock the Boat," featuring vocalist Maysa Leak, Jay-Z a bluesy, moody reworking of "Izzo Hova," led by the gospel organ excitement of Moe Daniels, Usher "U Don't Have to Call", and others like Shaggy, Missy Elliot, and D'Angelo. Although Ken Navarro whose balmy guitar smooths out "After Party" and Maysa are billed as featured artists, this is most often a showcase for the impressive soprano work of one of the label's most popular saxmen, Kim Waters. This will be an open door for smooth jazz fans to embrace some slick street sounds, and it should help Waters reach a larger audience, which he has long deserved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351508928
  • Catalog Number: 5089
  • Sales rank: 87,746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock the Boat - Wayne Bruce (5:32)
  2. 2 Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - Moe Daniels (4:21)
  3. 3 It Wasn't Me - Kim Waters (4:01)
  4. 4 Shake It Fast - Moe Daniels (5:18)
  5. 5 Differences - Kim Waters (5:38)
  6. 6 After Party - Kim Waters (4:41)
  7. 7 Brown Sugar - James Waters Jr. (4:29)
  8. 8 U Don't Have to Call - Kim Waters (5:04)
  9. 9 Always on Time - Moe Daniels (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Streetwize Primary Artist
Ken Navarro Guitar
Kim Waters Keyboards, Saxophone
Wayne Bruce Guitar
Moe Daniels Keyboards
James Waters Jr. Bass
Charles Edward Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kim Waters Programming, Producer
Greg Grainger Engineer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Anthony Barboza Cover Photo
Jack Hovey Art Direction
Danny Weiss Executive Producer
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