Tag: smooth jazz
Candy Dulfer plays smooth jazz, funk and nu jazz on her sax. She’s been playing since she was a lass of 6.
Acoustic Alchemy plays instrumental and Smooth Jazz. The group formed in 1981.
Dianne Reeves is one of the most important contemporary jazz singer today. She has 4 Grammys from 2001-2006.
Boney James is the sax player that popularized contemporary jazz. The updated version of jazz has elements of hip-hop.
Chick Corea is a Grammy award winning jazz pianist & keyboardist. As a member of the Miles Davis band he participated in the birth of electric fusion. He’s noted for his jazz fusion.
Christopher Botti or Chris Botti is a trumpeter and composer; born in Portland, Oregon, and a native of Oregon. He plays a Martin Committee trumpet made in 1939, and uses a 3C silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 Bach mouthpiece.
As of 2006, Botti has recorded eight solo albums. His first few efforts could safely be classified as smooth jazz, though critic Alex Henderson argues that Botti’s music was a cut above much of the genre; reviewing his 1999 effort, Slowing Down the World, Henderson writes “it would be a major mistake to lump it in with the outright elevator muzak that Kenny G, Dave Koz, Najee, and Richard Elliot were known for … Botti is capable of a lot more.” Though still featuring heavy contributions from pop music singers, Botti’s more recent albums have found him exploring more traditional jazz territory, with lush orchestral arrangements even earning comparisons to Gil Evans.