The smooth jazz cover has, in recent years, become something of an art form. Far removed from a straightforward copy of another artists work, these re-imaginings have breathed new life into music that, typically, originated in the vintage 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 top ten Smooth Jazz Therapy covers of 2012.
‘Shotgun’ by Michael Lington from the CD ‘Pure’. The soulful intensity of this Jr Walker & The All Stars classic puts it right up there with the best of the year. Standout vocals from the one and only Michael Bolton prove to be the icing on the cake.
‘This Time Baby’ by Vincent Ingala from his current recording ‘Can’t Stop Now’. Not for the first time Ingala gets right to the heart of what great soul music is all about and a case in point is his edgy yet smooth makeover of this O’Jays blockbuster that originally featured on the band’s 1978 release ‘So Full Of Love’.
‘Rock Steady’ by bass player Julian Vaughn from the aptly titled ‘Breakthrough’. This, the collection’s only cover, proves to be a rapturous rendition of the Whispers 1987 number one hit.
Read on for the remainder of this year’s top ten covers. If you have your own list of favorite covers from 2012 why not e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year!!