Jazz Moods: Hot is a budget release in the Sony Jazz Moods series that showcases ten tunes from Benson's residency at Columbia and CTI circa 1966 to 1976. It's an interesting mix of pop covers and jazz standards and brilliantly foreshadows Benson's smooth jazz and pop excursions that were to come later on in his career. And while every track here is of the highest caliber, there is nothing surprising that die-hard Benson fans wouldn't already own. Regardless, it makes perfect sense economically to purchase this over many of the more deluxe packages out there, especially if your interest in Benson is mild at best.
AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston