Playboy Jazz - In A Smooth Groove (2CDs)
by Various Artists
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
sku: ZNL 7502
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: September 14, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Concord Records, Inc.
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Grazin'? In The Grass
- 2.Larry CarltonSmiles And Smiles To Go
- 3.Spyro GyraAriana
- 4.David Benoit & Russ FreemanStiletto Heels
- 5.Phil PerryGroove With You
- 6.Braxton BrothersDon?t Stop
- 7.Gato BarbiereiLast Kiss
- 8.Regina Belle With Glenn JonesFrom Now On
- 9.Paul TaylorSteppin? Out
- 10.Frank VignolaWalkin'? On The Moon
- 11.Ed CalleJoyful
- 12.Tania MariaCome With Me
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Dave KozYou Make Me Smile
- 2.George BensonBreezin?
- 3.Grover Washington Jr.Just The Two Of Us (With Bill Withers)
- 4.The RippingtonsBella Luna
- 5.Dave ValentinReunion
- 6.Cassandra ReedColor Of Love
- 7.Eric MarienthalMist Trail
- 8.Pete EscovedoLa Samba
- 9.Dave GrusinMountain Dance
- 10.Sheila E. & The E. TrainHeaven
- 11.Patti AustinIn & Out Of Love
- 12.Kenny GSongbird
Personnel: George Benson (vocals, guitar); Gato Barbieri (vocals, tenor saxophone); Tania Maria (vocals, piano, keyboards); Sheila E. (vocals, drums, percussion); Pete Escovedo (vocals, congas, percussion); Peter Michael, Lynn Mabry, Patti Austin, Regina Belle, Bill Withers, Vaneese Thomas, Cassandra Reed (vocals); Russ Freeman (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer); Larry Carlton (guitar, keyboards); Dan Warner, Eddie Duran, Eric Gale , Frank Vignola, Julio Fernandez, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Peter White , Ray Obiedo, Vernon "Ice" Black (guitar); Dean Brown , Steve Khan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jeff Koz (acoustic guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Phil Hamilton (acoustic guitar); Nelson Braxton (electric guitar); Scott Kreitzer (flute, alto flute, bass clarinet, saxophone); Dave Valentin (flute, alto flute); Ed Calle (saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, EWI); Eric Marienthal (saxophone, alto saxophone); Wayne Braxton (saxophone, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, drum programming); Gerald Albright, Jay Beckenstein (saxophone); Grover Washington, Jr. (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dave Koz (soprano saxophone, keyboards); Justo Almario (soprano saxophone); Boney James (tenor saxophone); Barry Danielian (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Braun, Wallace Roney (trumpet); Randy Andos (trombone, bass trombone); Lee Thornburg (trombone); David Benoit (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jorge Dalto (piano, Clavinet); Mike Ricchiuti, Renato Neto (piano); Ronnie Foster (electric piano, mini-Moog synthesizer); Richard Tee (Fender Rhodes piano); Jason Miles (Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, programming); Phil Davis (Wurlitzer organ); Jochem van der Saag (keyboards, synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Rex Rideout (keyboards, programming); Louis Biancaniello, Barry J. Eastmond (keyboards, drum programming); Dave Kochanski, Marc Portman, Byron Williams, Ken Wallace, Lee Ritenour , Tom Schuman, Bill Heller (keyboards); Bill Eaton (Oberheim synthesizer); Dave Samuels (vibraphone, marimba, drums); John Pena (electric bass); Chris Parker , Gene Lake, Harvey Mason, Sr. , Joel Rosenblatt, Lil John Roberts, Mike Shapiro, Portinho, Rayford Griffin, Rick Marotta, Robby Ameen, Steve Gadd , Dave Karasony, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Marc Qui¤ones, Milton Cardona, Ralph MacDonald (congas, percussion); Robert Greenidge (steel drum); Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Michael Fisher, Paulinho Da Costa, Rafael Padilla, Sheila Escovedo, Steve Thornton , Bashiri Johnson , Richard Bravo, Scott Breadman (percussion); Doug Emery, Lee Levin (programming); Steve Skinner (drum programming); Ullanda McCullough, Yvonne Lewis, Hilda Harris (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Jonathan Widran.
Arrangers: Chieli Minucci; Dave Grusin; Dave Kochanski; Dave Koz; Doug Emery; Eric Marienthal; Bill Easton Jr.; Jochem van der Saag; Jeff Koz; Larry Carlton; Lee Levin ; Phil Davis; Ray Obiedo; Rick Braun; Scott Kreitzer; Tania Maria; Barry J. Eastmond; Boney James.
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. ~ Jonathan Widran