Top 10 CDs For 2007

Four80eastEnroute.jpgHere are one person's picks for Top 10 smooth jazz CDs of the year. Some are more jazz than smooth jazz, such as Jeff Lorber's He Had a Hat and Marcos Ariel's 4 Friends. Some are classic smooth jazz, such as R&R by newcomer Marcus H. Mitchell. Others simply defy categorization, such as Four80East's En Route, which stood head and shoulders above the rest. Whatever they share or don't share, they all have one thing in common: They are damn fine CDs.

1. Four80East, En Route (Native Language)
2. U-Nam, Back From The 80's (Trippin N Rhythm)
3. Euge Groove, Born 2 Groove (Narada)
4. Jeff Golub, Grand Central (Narada)
5. Keiko Matsui, Moyo (Shout Factory)
6. Brian Simpson, Above the Clouds (Rendezvous)
7. Brian Bromberg, Downright Upright (Artistry)
8. Marcos Ariel, 4 Friends (Tenure)
9. Jeff Lorber, He Had a Hat (Narada)
10. Marcus H. Mitchell, R&R (24th)