Smooth Grooves, Vol. 3 is a compilation that features artists who record for the Higher Octave Jazz label, and it is just what hardcore smooth jazz fanatics relish in. Ten tracks that include some of the biggest radio hits in smooth jazz will marvel listeners with an interest in irrepressible melodies, smooth, seductive grooves, and danceable rhythms. For openers, guitarist Craig Chaquico's fiery Latin party jam "Café Carnival" will get your party started. Along the way, you'll hear saxophonist Jimmy Sommers' retro-funk on "Promise Me" and the smash sun and fun hit from flutist Bryan Savage titled "Zuma Beach." Germany's Yulara and the stellar U.K. group Acoustic Alchemy round out the hit list with world beats, reggae grooves, and their own unique international musical appetites. Smooth Grooves. Vol. 3 is the fourth in a series of five releases for the label and is one that is truly representative of the label's commitment to excellence in the smooth jazz genre.
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AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein