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Jazzmasters 5
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2006
Warm sunshine...a cool breeze...splashing waves on the beach...these are the images that come to my mind when I listen to the magical smooth grooves of Paul Hardcastle. Paul is back with his latest release, "Jazzmasters V," and it's yet another in a long line of outstanding albums from this multi-talented studio wizard. Track for track it is gorgeous, hypnotic smooth jazz of the highest order. It's mostly an instrumental album, but Paul's longtime vocalist Helen Rogers is back to lend her soulful voice to three amazing tracks: the brilliant cover of "Children Of The Ghetto" (originally recorded by the UK act The Real Thing), and the equally dreamy "Garden Of Eden" and "Live For The Dream." Stunning instrumental pieces include "Never Far Away," "Free As The Wind," "The Sun Says Goodbye," and Paul's very first "epic" smooth-jazz piece, "World In Action," which clocks in at nearly 11 minutes and is simply marvelous. Saxophonist Snake Davis makes excellent contributions throughout, and the album's sound is sparkling & shiny. I just can't get enough of Paul Hardcastle's awesome music---"Jazzmasters V" is wonderful stuff. (Now, if we can just convince Paul to get out of the studio and do a tour...I'd be there for him in a second!)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2006
I am listening Paul Harcastle about 15 years now. I have all his discography and my favourite is the Hardcastle -- Jazzmaster series. Jazzmasters V is once again awesome. The Sun Says Goodbye, Untold Story... just awesome. Waiting for more and more...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
This is my thirteenth CD by Paul Hardcastle, and I hope he's still got lots more to come. Some people, including radio announcers, seem to think "The Jazzmasters" is the name of a group rather than an album title, but it's still Paul Hardcastle. For some reason, he alternates between names for each release.

If I had heard any song in this collection on the radio for the first time, I would have said, "Ooh, that sounds like Paul Hardcastle!" -- and that's a good thing. I love the way his music somehow always manages to be relaxing without being boring, rhythmic without being too intrusive, and sensuous enough to make a great soundtrack for whatever you're up to.

I often put on a disk of his when having dinner, or relaxing after a stressful day. Every song on this one had the desired effect, but many were appealing enough that I'd look over at the stereo and think "Ooh, I like that one. What's that one called?"

Whenever his next release comes out, I'll be buying that too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2007
Not a bad showing by Paul Hardcastle. While not as good as the 1st Jazzmaster Series with "Sounds of Summer", this CD is not bad. He has at least dumped the quasi rap music of his last released and focused on smooth jazz, albeit without much uptempo stuff for which he made his bones. There is but a single uptempo track, "Never Far Away". I think there are better examples of smooth jazz out there, which are less reliant upon formulas that have apparently latched onto Mr. Hardcastle.

But if you are a smooth jazz fan like I am, buy this CD for the 1-2 keeper tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2007
Ever since hearing my first album by Hardcastle I have purhcased several more. I love them all. I play them in my car especially when driving long distance. Very pleasant ride listening to them. I will be a fan forever.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2006
The cover is one of the best I had seen on the Jazzmasters cds. That alone will make you buy it. lol. but the cd has some smooth jazz that you will play over and over and never gets tierd of it. butt "children of the ghetto" is the one i like the best
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2007
A MUST HAVE for lovers of smooth jazz. Hardcastle`s compositions bring together a blend of instruments that makes this genre compelling. The inclusion of three pieces with a lady with vocal clarity, Helen Rogers, work magic with Snake Davis' horn and add depth of this album. Hardcastle's interpretation of "Children of the ghetto" with Rogers on vocals is a work of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2008
Jazzmaster's V is simply a perfect CD that one will play over and over again. I particularly like "Children of the Ghetto". Buy it if you like Paul Hardcastle, or never even heard of his magic. There are no regrets with this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2008
The four CD before this are very good. I have them this is two steps down. Not very good.
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on May 16, 2011
The fifth installment of the "Jazzmasters" series is perhaps the best one since J-2......a masterful, sonic delight that is a joy to listen to over and over again. Hardcastle's musical perfection is out in full force. Every single song on the album is a treat. Helen Rogers is at her very best....her impecable sultry vocals once again creating the magical "sound of summer". This album (along with J-2) is my personal favorite in the series. This is the definition of SMOOTH JAZZ.....Hardcastle pioneered the sound and is still the undisputed master. Treat yourself to a musical masterpiece......it does not get any better than this!
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