Various Artists

Big Band Salute: In the Mood

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EMI-Capitol Special Markets' In the Mood is a weird mix of contemporary jazz, fusion, new acoustic, contemporary instrumental, and smooth jazz tracks. All ten tracks are intended to evoke a stylish, mellow, romantic mood, but the very fact that McCoy Tyner, Leo Kottke, Dave Koz, Billy Joe Walker, Jr., Najee, Ronnie Laws and the Deele are on the same compilations ensures that In the Mood is a bit incoherent. Still, it comes close enough to fulfilling its goals to make it worth its budget price for some listeners.

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