Liner Note Author: Mike Ragogna.
Photographer: Sandra Johnson.
Playlist: The Very Best of Jim Brickman collects 14 highlights from the prolific pianist/composer. Opening with his signature hit, "Valentine," with Martina McBride, Playlist offers up a nice balance of solo instrumental ("Angel Eyes," "Rocket to the Moon") and contemporary pop hits ("Simple Things," "Hear Me (Tears Into Wine)"), as well as collaborative efforts with Herb Alpert ("Rendezvous"), Dave Koz ("The Love I Found in You"), and Collin Raye ("Peace (Where the Heart Is)"). While it doesn't compete with the sheer comprehensiveness of 2010's, two-disc Essential Jim Brickman, Playlist provides a clear road map for listeners looking for an entry point into the king of smooth age's impressive body of work. ~ James Christopher Monger