Smooth jazz is a genre of music that grew out of jazz fusion blended with easy listening pop music, featuring a polished pop feel with little to no jazz improvisation.
As a late 20-something who has been through albums and albums of my dad’s smooth jazz (i.e: Kenny G), I can personally say this jazz form needs an update.
Here’s a playlist* in tribute to the cheesiest sax from some of the best ambient jazz emerging from the DIY scene.
*Best when listened to by a fire, during rush hour traffic, or when you are getting pumped 4 a NITE OUT.
The Admirables — Rice Pudding
Teck-Zilla — Soul Retro
FUNCC — jazz blitz
BombFlower — Love Spy
dragonradiosleeper — Shuttle
Mona Vale—Settle Down
Yo Daddy Doe—No More
Bluestaeb — Left & Right
LEO NITE – “Test Signal”
Dámì Sule – “Prayer”
Pablo Zuazo – São Paulo Downtown