Welcome to another edition of Smooth Jazz Sunday. This week’s playlist was inspired by Jonathan Butler’s song “Going Home.” Hearing it play during the week, I remembered that Kenny G also had a song with the same title. I’ve taken those two songs and had them begin and end this week’s set. Also included are recent songs from Gerald Albright and Michael Lington, a favorite of mine from Chieli Minucci, and songs from Paul Hardcastle, Dave Koz, The Rippingtons and a beautiful piano piece from John Fluker. If you can’t hear one of the songs, the playlist is listed below so that you can seek it out.
The songs included on today’s playlist:
- “Going Home” by Jonathan Butler
- “Boom Boom” by Gerald Albright
- “Memphis Strut” by Michael Lington
- “Foolin’ Around Again” by Chieli Minucci
- “Age Of Eternity” by John Fluker
- “Hideaway” by The Rippingtons
- “Echoes Rising” by Paul Hardcastle
- “Definition Of Beautiful” by Dave Koz
- “Going Home” by Kenny G
One of the things that gets lost with Butler is that he is a fine guitar player. Due to the fact that he had several R&B hits with his voice, the fact that his U.S. recorded output was primarily instrumental has been pushed back somewhat. His more recent releases, while gospel-based, seem to be more about his singing than his playing. Including “Going Home”, for me at least, reminds me of how beautiful a player he was (and is).
By the time Kenny G had released “Going Home,” his fortunes were on the rise. He was well on his way to becoming the best-selling instrumental artist of all-time. Coming off two unlikely hit albums (Songbird and Silhouette) which featured songs that would make the pop top 20 (both title tracks from each album), while moving away from the R&B sounds that populated his first few albums. Though this song wasn’t as successful as “Songbird” or “Silhouette”, it is one of his most beloved songs.
If you use Spotify, here is the playlist from the service. You can also search for my user name (Tracy Smith) and choose the playlist from my public playlists.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Smooth Jazz Sunday mix, and thanks for reading and listening.