Smooth Jazz

R&B and funk influenced jazz that is usually considered a very “poppy” and commercial form of the genre. Usually very downtempo and mellow, and features prominent bass. Almost always instrumental. Melodies are usually made with saxophones, but may also include trumpets, clarinets or oboes. Synthesizers and electronic drums are very common. The style appeared in the mid 70s to the early 80s. Not to be confused with easy listening.

Smooth Jazz musicians:

  • George Benson
  • Bob James
  • Chuck Mangione
  • Kenny G
  • Earl Klugh
  • Nat King Cole
  • Grover Washington, Jr.

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