Various Artists

Music for Lovers: Romantic Guitar Classics

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Because nothing says being in love like jazz music, Blue Note compiled an eight-song Music for Lovers Sampler, which pulls tracks from each of their eight Music for Lovers individual artist albums. Lee Morgan's "Since I Fell for You" is here, as is the lovely organ of Jimmy Smith on his cover of "Time After Time." Most of the artists fall into the bop and hard bop categories, though these songs all showcase their softer, more romantic sides; only Earl Klugh's "Like a Lover" breaks form and goes the more jazz-pop crossover route. This is fine for Klugh fans, but others might find the transition a little bit distracting, especially if they were trying to set a certain mood.

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