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An avant nerd remixing smooth disco in a dancehall stylee.

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Options May 4, 2011: Smooth Jazz for Special Night Moods

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Uh oh, things are getting pretty dark in my world. I crossed the bridge from adult contempo and yacht rock into...smooth jazz.

Lots of cat meows in the mix. Sleek nite feelings and gentle moods, I guess for crazy people though. Smooth jazz morphing into yacht rock into hair metal/adult rock hybrid. Some great slap bass parts, late '80s R&B. Tapping solos.

Crossover music. Early smooth jazz. Crooners early smooth jazz crossover music.

Kenny G appeared on George Lopez a few hours ago. Great.

If you want to get into smooth jazz, read this list.


Longer, very special, very smooth meditative folk tracks in the last hour. New Hisato Higuchi, new Dove Azima, '87 recording from Jacques Diennet out on the Hat label (must listen for modular synthesis lovers). New improv free jazz trio from John Allen/Randy Hunt/Timothy Orr, scratchy old prog from Ambrosia. 

Listener comments!

  Wed. 5/4/11 4:05am Deepak:

Is it possible to love free jazz and smooth jazz simultaneously? I mean they are likes exact opposites.
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:07am Deepak:

To me free jazz doesn't make any sense at all.
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:10am Nat:

Totally! You can play John Zorn solos over pretty much any smooth jazz song and it will sound good. Seeing Zorn play years ago really blew open experimental music for me, I think seeing it performed live is important. I think Caspar Brotzmann and Peter Brotzmann's collaboration is up for download on WFMU's blog. Really awesome free jazz record.
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:11am Nat:

  Wed. 5/4/11 4:19am Kevin:

the cat meows (KATT MIAOs) are really good
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:21am Deepak:

You know i just found a FLAC rip of that free jazz album 'Machien gun', will start downloading.
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:22am Nat:

I should have been doing those months ago, I am too obsessed with cats to keep them out of my music.
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:34am satanica 1488:

oo yes, best work by Terry Fox. I have this cat purrs vinil.
  Wed. 5/4/11 4:40am Nat:

Jealous! That recording is a perennial fav.
  Wed. 5/4/11 5:54am matusz:

hey, I've just turned on your radio, and I have a question - how can I check what's actually playing? What was that free-jazz chaos predated by ambient(?) beginning?
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