Featuring masters of music, the ten tracks on A Smooth Jazz Retreat has something for everyone who enjoys sitting back, taking in pleasant, fluid instrumentation with a sprinkling of vocals to slightly change the mood.
"In Your Eyes," written by Don Siegel, is lead by a pronounced percussion on drums, with gentle sax and perky piano notes, following and filling main spots, through a perky walk into a nice listening place.
Sounds of a rainforest type mystique and simple splendor is Warren Hill’s offering on "Virgin Garda." Smooth, smoldering sax guides the listener along a gentle journey of sound through Jeff Kashiwa’s "Homeward Bound" before coming back with a deeper, woodsy, slower tempo "Some Quiet Place."
So soft, so mild, Sara Gazarek coos her way through the vocals, "Amazing" and "We Will Be." Theo Bishop’s "Del Mar" showcases the deep melodic interaction between percussion and keyboard. A bit perky, a little solemn, "Del Mar" has the feel of romance wafting through the air.
Closing this album, a solemn, airy rhythm interspersed with a duet of enduring love--the way evenings are meant to be.