We review five albums of the successful music series

By Steve Futterman
May 21, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

This immensely successful series — all but the just-released Lazy Day have been jazz top 10 favorites — is predicated on the logical idea that mood music doesn’t have to be insipid. Culling selections from a top-drawer back catalog, 32 Jazz looks for quality first, ambiance second. Does it have to be a lazy day to listen to Hank Jones, Sonny Stitt, or Ricky Ford? Do Grant Green and Donald Byrd work only on the open road? When it comes to Jazz For, the only mood necessary is one that’s receptive to first-rate music.
Lazy Day: B+
Open Road: B+
Quiet Times: B
Afternoon: B
When You’re Alone: B+