Top 10 Smooth Jazz CDs Of 2005

Several CDs stand out from among the many released in 2005.

1. Brian Culbertson, It's On Tonight (GRP): Culbertson sticks to his slow and sexy theme with amazing results. His best ever.

2. Jonathan Butler, Jonathan (Rendezvous): A return to mostly instrumentals was a good career move for the veteran guitarist.

3. Matt Bianco featuring Basia, Matt's Mood (Decca/Universal): The intoxicating mix of Brazilian and cool jazz is a winner. Every song is a treat.

4. Paul Hardcastle, Hardcastle 4 (Trippin 'n' Rhythm): Hardcastle's best yet, and the vocal tunes featuring daughter Maxine are cool and sexy.

5. Marc Antoine, Modern Times (Rendezvous): Unlike anything he's done before, but it's Antoine all the way.

6. Jeff Lorber, Flipside (Narada Jazz): Another steady CD by the veteran pianist. Nominated for a Grammy.

7. Praful, Pyramid In Your Backyard (Rendezvous): A bold step in a new direction from his debut CD.

8. Bona Fide, Soul Lounge (Heads Up): Vibes galore.

9. Steve Cole, Spin (Narada Jazz): The Chicago saxophonist creates some of the best hooks on the planet.

10. Brian Simpson, It's All Good (Rendezvous): Simply great music from Dave Koz's musical director.