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Billboard Top Contemporary Urban Jazz

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Rhino's Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Vocals contains ten songs that were popular on smooth jazz and quiet storm during the late '70s and early '80s, just as the format was getting off the ground. For any aficionado of the genre, there will be no great surprises here, but there aren't any other compilations that offer such well-known hits -- Quincy Jones' "Killer Joe," Donald Byrd's "Black Byrd," the Crusaders' "Put it Where You Want It," Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Mister Magic," Ronnie Laws' "Friends and Strangers," Stanley Jordan's "The Lady in My Life," Gerald Albright's "So Amazing" -- on one disc, especially for the budget price that makes this a true bargain for casual fans of smooth jazz.

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