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Best of Smooth Jazz

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Midas Records is proud to announce the first ever CD from The Weather Channel ®, "The Best of Smooth Jazz." As 2007 marks the network's 25th anniversary, it also heralds the network's entry into retail music. Music has long been a source of interest for viewers who have been writing in for years asking where they can purchase the music they enjoy during the "Local on the 8s" segment, broadcast 288 minutes each day! The 12-song collection features the Channel's most requested music by such known artists as Dave Koz, Najee, Chick Corea, Pieces of a Dream, Joyce Cooling, Jeff Lorber, Four 80 East, 3rd Force and Paprika Soul. The CD also includes 3 most-requested songs heard only on The Weather Channel by Jeanne Ricks, Ryan Farish and Mark Krumowski.

History of Music on The Weather Channel

People who keep an eye on the weather also have an ear for music, judging from the huge number of inquiries from viewers of The Weather Channel, who have been asking "where can I get that music I just heard?" That's why a CD of "Local on the 8s" music from The Weather Channel is being presented. For the very first time, fans and admirers of the music have an opportunity to have their own compilation of many favorites.

Seven years ago, The Weather Channel stepped up its efforts to select music that viewers would enjoy. The responsibility was assigned to a network producer who had what some would call a "dream job" - spending hour after hour at music stores finding songs and artists that were right for The Weather Channel audience. Soon, viewers began to take notice of the fresh and contemporary sound of the new musical selections on The Weather Channel. The on-air music was well-received. Some people said that they kept the network on all day to stay in touch with the weather as well as to enjoy the music in the background.

Four years ago, the producer further refined the music "playlist" by scheduling different types of sounds during different parts of the day. For example, during the daytime, the music is light and upbeat. Moving into the evening, the selections have a slower tempo and are more sultry. And then they become even more mellow during the late night.

This blend of the many moods of jazz is captured on our first CD of "Local on the 8s." Out of over 3,000 songs that have been played over the years during local weather on The Weather Channel, we are proud to bring you a collection of favorites on our "Smooth Jazz" release.


1. Mildred's Attraction - Joyce Cooling
2. Shakin Up The Shack - Dave Koz
3. Bab Bad Simba - Paprika Soul
4. Viaduct - Four 80 East
5. Santa Monica Triangle - Jeff Lorber
6. Ocean View - Pieces Of A Dream
7. Windows - Chick Corea
8. Simple Pleasure - Jeanne Ricks
9. Holding Hands - Ryan Farish
10. Wait A Minute - Mark Krumowski
11. Sidewayz - Najee
12. The Gift - 3rd Force

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Midas Records
  • ASIN: B000V9KE8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Carter on October 21, 2007
I finally just got this cd and I am very pleased with it.All the tracks are great the only one I don't remember hearing on the weather channel is windows by Chick Corea and I may not have been listening at the right time so I could have missed it.My favorites on this cd are Shakin The Shack by Dave Koz,The Gift by 3rd Force,Ocean View by Peices Of A Dream Holding Hands by Ryan Farish,Mildred's Attraction by Joyce Cooling,Sidewayz by Najee and Santa Montica Triangle by Jeff Lorber.The track list is different order from how amazon has it listed.

1)Shakin The Shack Dav Koz
2)The Gift 3rd Force
3)Ocean View Peices Of A Dream
4)Holding Hands Ryan Farish
5)Windows Chick Corea
6)Mildred's Attraction Joyce Cooling
7)Sidewayz Najee
8)Bad Bad Simba Papirika Soul
9)Wait A Minute Mark Krurnowski
10)Simple Pleasure Jeanne Ricks
11)Viaduct Four 80 East
12)Santa Montica Triangle Jeff Lorber

The sound quality of this cd is pretty good.The little booklet inside the cd jewel box list the above info that amazon has about the history of the weather channel music and other stuff.It also says this is their first cd so there is more coming.The only dissapointment I have is that Dancing In My Heart by Chris Camozzi wasn't included.I use to love hearing it played.I hope it will make the next cd.This music is relaxing pick it up if you love jazz.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Nowak on October 22, 2007
I saw this advertised on Local on the 8's, and while I am not the biggest jazz fan in the world, I thought I would give this a listen. I am so glad I did. This is one of the only albums I own that I can listen to over and over and never get bored. Each song is crafted amazingly well, and the performers give an enchanting performance on each track. My favorite track is Santa Monica Triangle.

I would recommend this album to anyone that enjoys music. You don't have to be fully engulfed into the world of jazz to appreciate this album.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Antinarella on October 24, 2007
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Good cd if you're feeling stressed out and need to get away from the world. This has the popular jazz songs they play on your Local on the 8's. The songs are a little longer than the 3 minute music clips you hear on the weather channel, which is a plus! Hope the weather channel makes another CD with more jazz songs!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Ketzel on November 7, 2007
Thank you Weather Channel for a great jazz compilation! They did a great job of selecting some of the best music from Local on the 8's. Although I like the entire cd, my favorite cut by far is "Mildred's Attraction" from Joyce Cooling's fantastic cd, "Revolving Door". I have that cd and "Mildred" never ceases to get my toes tapping. I will look forward to many more Weather Channel jazz cds. This was a wonderful idea.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. V. Wasson on November 1, 2007
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I love this album. I have listened for years to the music on the forecast at 8 sections and wished I knew who and what I was hearing. Hope they do more cd's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Green on April 14, 2013
Back in the early 1980's, I started watching the Weather Channel and quickly became addicted to it both because I am a weather geek and I loved the "local weather" breaks where they'd play smooth jazz, a genre of music I quickly fell in love with because of the Weather Channel. I remember joking around with a friend about the great music they played and how I thought they needed to compile an album of songs from the Weather Channel breaks. Today, while listening to Pandora and my self created "Shakatak" channel, I found out that this album actually was produced and sold!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MW VINE VOICE on November 10, 2008
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Odd as this may sound, I really think the music on this CD sounds better if you are listening to it while reading your local forecast. For some reason that I can't explain, listening to it on its own falls a bit short. I purchased it after reading all of the raving reviews, but after giving it a listen I really suggest getting a top-rated Boney James, Vital Force, or Acoustic Alchemy instead. It's not bad, but I don't consider it five stars by any means.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2008
The songs on this CD are pretty good smooth jazz tracks, but as with all smooth jazz, they can sometimes be a bit formulaic and predictable. A nice collection, especially for a warm day at he beach, a walk in the park, or a drive on a summer's day.
Shakin' The Shack (Chester Thompson)- Groovy song by the guy from Earth Wind and Fire and Genesis, among others. The influences from his previous sould bands shine here.
The Gift(3rd Force's)- Take a chill drumbeat, add some synth bass, and throw in some acoustic guitar.
Ocean View(Pieces of a Dream)- Melancholy song with sax and electric piano. Sounds like Kenny G on valium.
Holding Hands Ryan Farish)Another chill drumbeat, this time with reverb-laden piano.
Windows(Chick Corea)- The classic jazz combo of drums, bass and piano is here, and Chick never fails to disappoint.
Mildred's Attraction(Joyce Cooling)Driving groove with acoustic and electric guitar.
Sidewayz(Najee)-Starst out with Fender Rhodes, a nice groove, and moves into some flute work, which is even nicer.
Bad Bad Simba (Paprika Soul)- Cover of O'Donel Levy's funk-jazz monster. Grooving bass and keys give way to 70's style brass work, with guitar solos building intensity. Great flute solo at the end.
Wait a Minute(Mark Krunowsi)- One of the forgettable songs on this CD. The groove just never quite gets going. Perhaps he should have had the bass play a solid line.
Simple Pleasure(Jeanne Ricks)- Another one of the average tracks on this CD. starts off with a 'Let The Music Play' inspired drumbeat, and some keyboard samples, but once again, the groove is not solid, as the bassline has too many holes in it.
Viaduct(Four 80 East)-Nice Acid-jazz-meets-chill type song. Good keyboards, sax, and a laid-back rhythm.
Santa Monica Triangle(Jeff Lorber)-Brazilian inspired song by the master keyboardist with plenty of analog Rhodes, and some great conga work. Jeff's work is alway exceptional.
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