Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Boney James & Rick Braun - Shake It Up (2000)


A better than average smooth jazz collaboration.  I've never been a huge fan of either one of these guys, but they play off each other well.  When it comes to this pairing, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  This is better than any of their respective solo stuff.  Still, any CD I own by one of these artists was purchased used.  For those of you that follow smooth jazz, you'll recognize Paul Brown's production style immediately.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #78 (June 17, 2000)

Tracks:  Grazin' In the Grass is one of my all-time favorite instrumentals.  There are two versions here (a needless version with vocals, and a better one without), and while the instrumental is my favorite cut on this disc, it don't come close to the standard set by the Hugh Masekela version.  The title cut is also good.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Boney James - Body Language (1999)
Boney James - Sweet Thing (1997)
Rick Braun - Beat Street (1995)

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