Smooth Jazz Sunday: Sunday Mix #5 (Tommy LiPuma)

Just about two weeks ago, one of the great music producers and executives of the last fifty years passed away. Tommy LiPuma, who worked with many of the greats of music over the course of those fifty years, passed away at the age of 80 on March 13th. During that time, he had long, fruitful associations with George Benson and Diana Krall, and also worked with Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, Michael Bublé, and many more. Not bad for a man whose first production credit was on a single by the O’Jays back in 1965 (“Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)”).

Today’s mix is a bit lengthier than normal, because I tried to squeeze in as many different songs and artists that I thought would fit. Benson anchors this mix, and has the most appearances by any artist. As always, if you can’t play any of the songs, I’ll list the titles and artists, so that you can seek them out.

The tracklisting:

  1. “Breezin'” by Gabor Szabo
  2. “Breezin'” by George Benson
  3. “Popsicle Toes” by Michael Franks
  4. “Rainbow In Your Eyes” by Al Jarreau
  5. “Valdez In The Country” by George Benson
  6. “Estate” by João Gilberto
  7. “Matinee Idol” by The Yellowjackets
  8. “Hideaway” by David Sanborn
  9. “Tutu” by Miles Davis
  10. “Since I Fell For You” by Bob James & David Sanborn (feat. Al Jarreau)
  11. “Dreamin'” by George Benson & Earl Klugh
  12. “Ashes To Ashes” by Joe Sample
  13. “The Very Thought Of You” by Natalie Cole
  14. “Lift Off” by Groove Collective
  15. “Fly By Night” by George Benson
  16. “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” by Diana Krall
  17. “Tell Me All About It” by Natalie Cole
  18. “Crusin'” by Marc Antoine
  19. “Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Bublé
  20. “Rio de Janeiro Blue” by Randy Crawford & Joe Sample

I hope there’s something in this mix that you can enjoy. I hope it shows how LiPuma helped to craft what is now known as smooth jazz, though it wasn’t exactly by design. He created music that he liked, music that sounded good, and music that many (including myself) have enjoyed over the years. RIP Mr LiPuma.

As always, thanks for reading and listening.

2 Replies to “Smooth Jazz Sunday: Sunday Mix #5 (Tommy LiPuma)”

  1. Quite an eclectic list which I guess shows the range of talent of Mr LiPuma. I recognise quite a few songs here. One of my favorites on the list is Lift off. But it will be great to listen to those I haven’t heard before or heard in a while. That should keep us busy😀 Thanks Tracy for putting this together.

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