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Rick James Smooth Jazz Tribute. Fred Hammond Smooth Jazz Tribute. If you want the mid-tempo, Take It Up will take you there. Do you want some funk? Persuasion will satisfy that craving. Wonderland is the uptempo danceable, EDM style track. Start to finish, this is a must have for your collection. To me, Gerald is a legend. So many great songs over so many years. He is the master of the BIG song.
I Miss You is an example of that. Frankie B is the mid-tempo cut that makes you want to groove real smooth. I personally like a good remake. That is fine, but I like remakes that are not the obvious choices. Read Your Mind is perfect choice for the album. We love that groove. Taking Control is the uptempo jam that makes you want to get up and dance.
It always sounded like the music for a Cadillac commercial rather than a hiking trip out West. No matter the comparison, Smooth Jazz coated its area of influence with powdered sugar, making music a treacley dessert without an ounce of protein.
And that should be no surprise -- though some fine musicians starting making pleasant instrumental pop in the mid-'70s, a decade later the inspiration for making Smooth Jazz was explicitly economic.
The radio stations had a format that had to be filled out, and so Smooth Jazz became exactly that, a product, an assembly line of Twinkies. Easy to eat, hard to digest. Having posited from the start of this essay that Smooth Jazz was both very popular and artistically bankrupt, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that the public is more than happy to listen to crap.
To analyze why the public likes pablum -- in music, in food, in movies, in just about anything -- is a matter wildly beyond the scope of this essay.
But maybe the more interesting question is this: Why is the public losing its taste for Smooth Jazz now? More likely, though, the death of Smooth Jazz is the product of generational shift and technological change. If the genre was ever really "cool", then it was cool with a group of yuppie consumers who came of age at least 20 years ago -- the gang who loved both CDs and CD, the folks who went to law school, bought a mini-van and aren't so sure about that rap music the kids all like so much today.
The folks driving the music market today are YouTubers and GarageBanders -- folks who are comfortable with a do-it-yourself, download-it-for-free ethic that is informed by hip-hop and an easygoing post-modern irony.
An easy-to-listen-to record is less likely to be monochromatic sax noodling and more likely to be an eclectic bit of folky hip-hop like Feist. The new taste in pop, even bland pop, is for music with the look of credibility or the feel of homemadeness. There is still an appetite for schmaltz out there, but it is the schmaltz of American Idol , where good-looking somethings with outsized personalities try to find new ways of delivering songs by Lennon and McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Neil Diamond.
Say what you want about the crass commercialism and questionable artistic pedigree of American Idol , but who would ever want to "cover" a song by Dave Koz?
And if someone did, who would ever make a toll call to vote for such a thing? Smooth Jazz, in , is finally nothing more than the aural air freshener it has always been. It lingers in the air, absolutely, but it can't last. It will, predictably, vanish into thin air.
Last week, I was talking to a friend who is just four years out of college -- a guy with an extensive interest in music and a good sense of history -- and I explained that I learned the melodies to many of the Tin Pan Alley standards because my parents always played the Easy Listening station in our house. And -- was there really a singer named Engelbert Humperdinck? In the end, the fears of jazz purists that Smooth Jazz was a cancer on the music were unfounded.
Miles Davis' Kind of Blue will always be around, and it will always be a better way of chilling out to jazz than Chris Botti. How about toothsome? Do people still say that? Did they ever? Click here to buy. Beginning the mids, American radio stations recognized the broader appeal of certain fusion records and began experimenting with what would ultimately become the smooth jazz format, one that enjoyed significant success in the s.
Stations adherent to this template played a selection of instrumental and vocal cuts, with saccharine pop and even new age making it into the mix. Dream Your Dream. By Duncan Millar. Duncan Millar. Move A Little Closer. By Shakatak. The Good, The Bad…. By Martin Fuss. Martin Fuss. By Chris Standring. Chris Standring. Editor's Notes:. Read More. Jazz Pop Smooth Jazz.Jan 01, · Nice smooth jazz, great calming faugladtauscinagcirsinglenmaerisdeansti.xyzinfo is an album of instrumental music that will allow one to carry on conversations at same time as listening, and serves as background music. I used this over a speaker system at a school during a recent play between scene changes and it was well received by those who were there/5().