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Smooth Jazz Number Ones [Concord]

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Smooth Jazz Number Ones [Concord] Review

by Thom Jurek

This ten-song set features, as its title states, only number one hits -- but not from the Billboard chart. These tracks all placed that spot on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz chart. It hardly matters, though, since a slew of stars play their own hits. Norman Brown's "Let's Take a Ride" is here, as are Boney James' "The Total Experience" and George Benson's very breezy "Mornin'." The vibe is light and consistent -- in other words, there are no overactive funkers to upset the balance. One does wish the producers -- who used some imagination by including Eric Marienthal's "Blue Water," for instance -- would have stayed away from the obvious and utterly boring "Sax-O-Loco" by Kenny G. There were other number ones -- plenty of them in fact -- to choose from. But then, that's what the remote is for. The rest is beautifully put together, so just hit "skip" when it comes to this throwaway cut.

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