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The smooth jazz thread
Smooth jazz is a style of music that evolved from a blend of jazz fusion and easy listening pop music, featuring a polished pop feel with little to no jazz improvisation. The genre arose in the mid-1970s in the United States, but it was not named "smooth jazz" until the 1980s.

Traditional jazz players and jazz purists rejected the style. As an example of this, the “Sound Investment” column of Jazz Journal, November 1999, stated that it “would cover an extremely wide spectrum of jazz styles” while avoiding smooth jazz.


Considering the lack of support from the traditional jazz community, I have always wished for the style be given its own unique term to reflect its distinctiveness. However, since the label “smooth jazz” has been used for decades, it is now something we are stuck with for the foreseeable future.

Smooth jazz is relaxing and uplifting. The music is a breath of fresh air in this troubled world.

Enjoy the thread!


Nelson Rangell - Another Way

Brian Culbertson - Together Tonight

Peter White - Caravan Of Dreams

Dave Koz - You Make Me Smile

Paul Hardcastle (featuring Helen Rogers) - Feeling Blue


Chris Botti – Irresistible Bliss

Ken Ross & Yan – Not Over You

Cecile Bredie - The Autumn Leaves

Warren Hill - Tell Me All Your Secrets

Marc Antoine - Mediterraneo

Brenda Russell - I Know You By Heart

Ricky Peterson - Take My Heart Away

Kenny G - End Of The Night

Shakatak - Light On My Life

Lonnie Liston Smith - Quiet Moments

St. Project - L.A. Sunset

Steve Oliver - I Know

Chuck Loeb - Breathe Again

Steve Cole - When I Think Of You

Lee Ritenour - Night Rhythms

Alice Russell (featuring Nature Boy) - Sweet Is The Air

Barrio - Maravilhoso (featuring Stefania Dipierro)

Chieli Minucci - Anything And Everything

Fattburger - Soothing

Tom Scott - You Mean Everything (To Me)


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