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Smooth Jazz: Sax at Midnight

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Considering the title and cover artwork, you don't need to be Freud to figure out that Smooth Jazz: Sax at Midnight offers a collection of slow grooves aimed at the bedroom. The selections are mostly surprise-free and sweetly romantic, and the collection could have gotten away with a less sensual title. Shanachie has managed to acquire more than its fair share of smooth jazz's big names, but, for the most part, the performances here are forgettable. Flat readings and unimaginative production are the norm, with only Mark Johnson's pleasing take on Earth, Wind & Fire's "Devotion" warranting much attention. The collection is at least cohesive and there's no threat that carnal activities will be disrupted, but, at 42 minutes, couples might want to get the party started posthaste.

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