Smooth Jazz

Evolving from Fusion, but leaving behind the energetic solos and dynamic crescendos, Smooth Jazz emphasizes its polished side. Improvisation is also largely ignored giving argument whether the term "Jazz" can truly apply.

Highly produced layering of synthesizers and rhythm tracks give it unobtrusive, slick and highly polished packaging, where the ensemble sound matters more than individual expression. This also separates this style from other more "live" performances. Instruments include electric keyboards, alto or soprano sax, guitar, bass guitar and percussion.

Smooth Jazz has perhaps become the most commercially viable form of Jazz music since Swing.

 

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