New Year is not only about anticipating what the next twelve months might bring. It’s also a time to look back and to show appreciation. Consequently I would like to thank you, the readers of Smooth Jazz Therapy, for the way you keep coming back and for making this site the hottest place for contemporary jazz on the web. From a personal point of view it has been a real pleasure to produce what turned out to be a record number of CD and concert reviews. I have listened to some incredible music and talked to some outstanding artists. So, taking this opportunity to get a little self indulgent, here are my highlights of the year. In other words and in no particular order, my Smooth Jazz Therapy Top Twenty Tracks of 2006.
‘Can You Feel It’ by Nick Colionne from the CD ‘Keepin’ It Cool’. This year I got the chance to see Nick perform live at one of Denise Jordan Walker’s awesome ‘Smooth Jazz & Conversations’ Chicago showcases. That night Nick captivates his fans and I have been hooked ever since.
‘Lovers Paradise’ by Eric Darius from the CD ‘Just Getting Started’. Culbertson’s sax man had quite a year. This is a track that didn’t make it into the radio charts but is a standout nevertheless.
Read on for the remainder of this years top tracks.