The elements of the smooth jazz style are emphatically played by ten hit artists, including three of their number one radio songs on Smooth Operators. The best compositions on the 14-track compilation feature the smooth grooves of several internationally renown artists, including Britain's Chris Standring with saxophonist Richard Elliot, Soundscape UK, and Austria's jazz guitar genius Peter Legat of Count Basic performing his number one single, "Joy and Pain," and his tribute to Wes Montgomery on "Wes Who?" Adding fuel to the hit songs is Japan's Gota Yashiki playing both of his number one smooth jazz singles "European Comfort" and "In the City Life." This is a unique listening experience for lovers of this contemporary jazz style and stands as a noteworthy documentation of its increasing popularity around the world.
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AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein