It is true that "summer jazz" is such a vague concept that nearly any kind of jazz could fit the bill, but since Summer Jazz is released by 32 Jazz and produced by Joel Dorn, it's a virtual lock that it would be an entertaining album. It is, and a classy one to boot. Dorn rightly keeps things light, even when it's hard bop. Primarily, this is a collection of standards given smooth bop or soul jazz treatments by such masters as Yusef Lateef, Nat Adderley, Eddie Harris, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford, Red Garland, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and David "Fathead" Newman. Even though these were recorded over a number of different years, the sentiment remains the same throughout, which makes it a cohesive, enjoyable listen. There's nothing that collectors need here, but casual listeners looking for a quality collection of breezy jazz will be satisfied.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine