Smooth Jazz Primer

About

In general a smooth jazz track is downtempo  layering a lead, melody-playing instrument (saxophones are the most popular, with guitars a close second) over a backdrop of programmed rhythms and various synth pads and/or samples. Smooth jazz can be traced back to at least the late 1960s. Producer Creed Taylor worked with guitarist Wes Montgomery on three popular records consisting of instrumental versions of familiar pop songs such as "Eleanor Rigby", "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Scarborough Fair". While jazz musicians had performed pop hits since the early 1900s, Montgomery's commercially successful albums were somewhat of a departure from this tradition, containing little complex improvisation and being aimed squarely at pop music audiences

Artists

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March Antoine

Guitarist extrodinaire, he began his career in LA studios adding licks to tracks by the likes of Celene Dion, Sting, and Cher. he was also a sought after artist on the moive circuit composing and playing soundtracks for "Get Shorty" "Patch Adams" and "Demolition Man"
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Michael Lington

Danish-born Michael Lington has released 8 solo albums and 15 Radio and Records/Billboard radio singles. During his career he has worked with Michael Bolton, Aaron Neville, Randy Crawford, Bobby Caldwell, Kenny Lattimore, Ryan Shaw, Joan Sebastian, Christian Castro and many others.
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The Rippingtons

The Rippingtons are an American contemporary jazz group mainly relating to the genres smooth jazz, jazz fusion, jazz pop, and crossover jazz. Formed in 1986 by guitarist and band leader Russ Freeman, their career has spanned four decades. Many of their songs have been played during The Weather Channel's local on the 8's forecast segments. The song Morocco, from the album Kilimanjaro, was often used on KHON2's morning news.
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Steve Cole 

Chcago born-and-bred Steve Cole exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan and smooth jazz pianist Brian Culbertson. The disc scored two #1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, “Between Us,” was released in 2000.

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