Various Artists

Candlelight Moments: Smooth Jazz

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Every volume of BMG Special Products' multi-disc Candlelight Moments series is designed to provide background music for romantic, intimate evening. All sorts of music could be used for such occasions, and there are a variety of different styles in the series, with each being grouped under specific headings, such as Smooth Jazz. This particular volume contains ten fusion and smooth jazz tracks, ranging from lightly funky keyboards to sighing saxophones. It's similar in tone to the other discs in the series -- so much so that it's hard to treat it as anything other than part of a piece, nearly interchangeable with its companion. Still, the similarity of the Candlelight Moments discs is a blessing for fans of clean, atmospheric, self-consciously sophisticated contemporary music, since they know that they'll be getting exactly what they want from any of the installments of the series. Among the highlights on Smooth Jazz are cuts by Shadowfax, Paul McCandless, Andy Narrell, Lost Tribe, Billy Childs, Toots Thielemans, Kit Walker and Denny Zeitlin.

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