[JPL] Boston Globe article on "sm**th jazz"

Bob Stockton drbob at modernjazzclassics.com
Thu Jul 20 17:33:23 EDT 2006


or smooth pop.

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> On Jul 20, 2006, at 5:09 PM, Arturo wrote:
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>> Love it or hate it, smooth jazz is here to stay
>>
>> By Sarah Rodman, BOSTON GLOBE
>> Inside Bay Area
>>
>> CALL HIM POP. Call him jazz. Call him, if you must, a smooth
>> operator. But whatever you do, don't call the music that trumpeter
>> Chris Botti makes smooth jazz.
>> "We're not smooth jazz," Botti says, curtly.
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> Talk about a can of worms.
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> The term "smooth jazz" has been an unfortunate one in many ways.   Botti 
> is right, I think, when he draws parallels to Chet Baker in his  recent 
> recording, yet his categorization as a "smooth" artist hurt  his attention 
> on jazz radio.
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> Many folks who disparage smooth jazz might find it benign if it were 
> called "instrumental pop" for example.
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> Ed
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