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I guess in all genres of music the recording and mixing qualities vary - some recording are good, others poor but few seem to be great. I am a lover of Smooth Jazz - has anyone any suggestions in the great category?

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Sorry to appear impertinent but what exactly is Smooth Jazz? Could someone assist here and give me some leading exponents of this hitherto unknown sub-genre?

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Acoustic Alchemy, Fourplay, Peter White, Lee Ritenour, Dave Koz, Chris Strandring

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user="halba" wrote:
Lee Ritenour,

As in the guitarist? The rest are new to me. As is the off-putting genre tag. However, in the spirit of eclecticism I'll investigate some of the aforementioned. So thanks for the names.

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Searching for "smooth jazz" (with inverted commas) on Google returns in the region of 5.5 million hits, so it is a fairly well-established sub genre. Not that number of Google hits is a measure of quality (said he whilst listening to Rage against the machine). Each to his own...

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Halba, not sure if this falls into the Smooth Jazz category, but I've just got Keith Jarrett's "The Koln Concert" which is a nicely-mastered CD, and seems to capture some of the spirit of the live concert without sounding rubbish.

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user="tractorboy" wrote:
but I've just got Keith Jarrett's "The Koln Concert"

Me too and many Pat Metheny albums up to 1986 - it's just that I must have been elsewhere when they rolled out the Smooth Jazz franchise. The name, and sorry to go on about this, just seems so redolent of saccharine sax solos ala Kenny G and that one Dave Stewart had a number 37 hit with, way back when.

By the way, what's happening on the dirty rough, scuzzed-up jazz scene these days?

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user="Charlie Jefferson" wrote:
user="tractorboy" wrote:
but I've just got Keith Jarrett's "The Koln Concert"
Me too and many Pat Metheny albums up to 1986 - it's just that I must have been elsewhere when they rolled out the Smooth Jazz franchise. The name, and sorry to go on about this, just seems so redolent of saccharine sax solos ala Kenny G and that one Dave Stewart had a number 37 hit with, way back when.

Ho, ho. For me, "smooth jazz" conjures up an image of a young pipe-smoking hipster with one arched eyebrow nodding his head in time to the music and going "Mmm, niiice".

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Does Diana Krall fall in that category? I have "The look of the love" hybrid SACD and it sounds good.

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