Best of Contemporary Jazz, Vol. 1 is a reasonably enjoyable smooth jazz collection, considering its budget price. The disc is balanced between adventurous, improvisatory musicians like Larry Carlton and Herbie Hancock, and musicians that just like to work a groove, like Chuck Loeb, Doug Cameron and Art of Sax. Much of this will be too lightweight for serious jazz fans, but anyone who enjoys smooth jazz radio should like this.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine