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

Lazaro Vega wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com
Fri Jul 21 00:19:21 EDT 2006


I think it's too bad that Ramsey Lewis and Bob James aren't heard on
the same stations as McCoy Tyner and Randy Weston (let alone Cecil
Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams or Craig Taborn). For most of the 1970's
CTI records melded lush, listenable, commercial sounding music with
real jazz musicians (and used Rudy VanGelder to do it). Took money,
but there it was, greasing the wheels for other projects.

Not really worrying about Smooth Jazz too much, but if you think about
it one of the big differences between the CTI era and now is there's
nowhere to go with the majority of Smooth Jazz artists. What do you
cross over to? With Miles and the huge backwash from his electric
period

For what it's worth, Dr. Lonnie Smith's new album should be picked up
by the Smooth Jazz radio industry because it's groove-a-lishus.

And why hasn't David McMurray found a home in radio? The Detroit area
saxophonist who plays with Bob James AND A. Spencer Barefield. Deep
cat, but he just hasn't made THE record yet. Somebody throw that
musician a bone!

Smooth Jazz is a commercial invention that works. Need to find a model
for other forms of jazz that work for them. But let's not call it
"Rough Jazz."


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