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Smooth Jazz Tribute to Chaka Khan, Vol. 2

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CC Entertainment's Smooth Jazz Tribute to Chaka Khan, Vol. 2, released six years after the first volume, presents another round of instrumental covers from the unidentified Smooth Jazz All-Stars. The band knocks out another ten-song set of Chaka covers, and this time they tend to go with later material, such as "Love of a Lifetime," originally released on the 1986 solo album Destiny. Again, the material is competently and reverently played -- played straightforwardly with the saxophonist taking Chaka's lead lines -- but it can't possibly compete with the original recordings. For whatever reason, "Through the Fire" appears here as it did on volume one.

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