December 12, 2008

2008's Best Smooth Jazz CDs

Just my opinion. But of the hundreds of CDs I listened to in 2008, here is a list of some of the best smooth jazz CDs of 2008.

1. Ken Navarro, The Grace of Summer Light (Positive): Spellbinding homage to Pat Metheny.
2. Earl Klugh, The Spice of Life (Koch): Sweet nylon-string guitar.
3. Chris Standring, Love & Paragraphs (Ultimate Vibes): No one has better hooks. He's at the top of his game.
4. Fourplay, Energy (Heads Up): Consistently strong.
5. Jeff Lorber, Heard That (Peak): Jam music for fans.
6. Wayman Tisdale, Rebound (Rendezvous): Melodic, memorable.
7. Denny Jiosa, Dreams Like This (Sonic Canvas): Creative genius from an incredible guitarist.
8. Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra, The Scent of Light (SSRI): Strongest effort in years.
9. Jessy J, Tequila Moon (Peak): Great saxophone/vocal debut.
10. Jamhunters, Music Speaks Louder Than Words (Gateway): Chill/smooth mixture extraordinaire.

Posted by Brian Soergel at December 12, 2008 3:12 AM