The smooth jazz cover has, in recent years, become something of an art form. Far removed from a straight forward copy of another artists work, these re-imaginings have breathed new life into music that, typically, originated in the classic soul era of the 60’s and 70’s. Even these boundaries have, of late, been frayed so, by way of paying homage to the very best that this sub genre has to offer, here is my very personal choice of Smooth Jazz Therapy Top Ten Covers of 2009.
‘Forget Me Knots’ by Darren Rahn from his album ‘Talk Of The Town’. When not pursuing his increasingly successful solo career, Rahn is very much part of the band De’Nate. Here fellow De’Nate colleagues, keyboard player Nate Harasim and vocalist Deborah Connors, join him for an off the chain rendition of Patrice Rushen’s seminal hit.
‘Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)’ by Boney James from his romantically inclined ‘Send One Your Love’. Written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, it was a huge success for the Stylistics in 1971, and in 2009 enabled James to ride high on the chart of most played on smooth jazz radio.
Read on for the remainder of this year’s top ten covers. If you have your own list of favorite covers from 2009 why not e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year!!