There's a lot more soul than smooth jazz here, especially the sort you'd find on an American compilation of this nature – no surprise, given that the 2CD package is really just a great sampling of work on London's hip Expansion label! The collection's got a depth that goes way beyond any smooth jazz cliches you might know – and although the instrumentation's jazzy on most numbers, it's also often produced with a really classic sort of vibe – one that goes beyond clunky keyboards, stiff rhythms, and sanded-down sax parts you'd be likely to find on US commercial takes on smooth jazz. Titles include "El Bobo" by Noel Elmowy, "Love Chooses Lovers" by Jiva, "From Here On" by Diplomats Of Soul, "Shadows & The Light" by Maysa, "Tell Me If You Still Care" by Ian Martin, "Wild Is The Wind" by Nicolas Bearde, "Loose Cannon" by Inner Shade, "Satan's Jam" by Frank McComb, "Save The Stress For Last" by Preston Glass, "I Can't Help It" by Jabari Grover, "Let's Get Real" by Gwendolyn Joy, "Keep Me Coming Around" by Kloud 9, "Bluebird In Bahia" by Adriana Evans, "I Can" by Althea Rene, "Aqua De Beber" by Brigette, and "Chill Funk" by Michael Fair. © 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
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