Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Traveling Music

One of our loyal listeners, “SaxFan” in Louisville, Kentucky, asked in the Shoutbox last week for a few suggestions on Smooth Jazz CDs which would make for good listening in the car during those long holiday drives. In the car I prefer a CD that has decent energy and a fair amount of hit material. Here are a few that I've always enjoyed listening to through the years while we made our way over the river and through the woods:

Acoustic Alchemy – Reference Point (GRP)

David Benoit – Best of, 1987-1995 (GRP)

Chris Botti – The Very Best of Chris Botti (GRP)

Boney James – Sweet Thing (Warner Bros.)

Jazzmasters – The Greatest Hits (Trippin' 'n' Rhythm)

Joe Sample – Spellbound (Warner Bros.)

And some festive holiday season fare:

The Very Best of Christmas (new release for 2009) (Trippin' 'n' Rhythm)

Making Spirits Bright (featuring G. Albright, R. Elliot, D. Krall and more) (GRP)

Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy)

Boney James – Christmas Present (Concord)

Diana Krall – Christmas Songs (Verve)

Dave Koz & Friends – A Smooth Jazz Christmas (Capitol)

Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel – The Gift (Narada)

Peter White – Songs of the Season (Columbia)

Have I left out anything? Drop me a note (; I'm also on Facebook), and I'll add your suggestions to the list.

Rick O'Dell

Operations Manager –


  1. Rick,
    Happy holidays to you and yours miss 101.9 that was "THE" jazz station here in NYC , now that it is gone your internet station will feed my jazz listening hunger. Keep up the good work and I and my sweetheart will support your endeavors.
    George S.Talkachov

  2. I have some traveling music for all those people who are driving or flying during the holidays. Lance Reddick has a new album that is geared for smooth sailing. It puts you in the mood for a nice long drive and I love this album. check him out on I tunes/Contemplations& Remembrances and gear up your music collection for the holiday trips.


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