[JPL] real contemporary jazz & the smooth format

Ed Trefzger ed.trefzger at jazzweek.com
Sat Sep 9 12:28:44 EDT 2006

What's really cool is that it seems some of that backlash may be  
fading.  We are seeing about half of the jazz panel spinning current  
releases from among the group of artists like George Duke,  
Yellowjackets, Breckers, Spyro Gyra, the new Al Di Meola, Mike Stern,  
Lee Ritenour, etc., that all fall into that area.  I'd be interested  
in what kind of listener response those stations are getting from  
those tracks -- I know that I get excited calls from that sort of  
record even just during my once-per-week shift.  It seems like  
there's some interest and some room for those and things like the new  
MSMW, Stanton Moore, Skerik, Jacob Fred, etc.


On Sep 9, 2006, at 11:43 AM, OntheBeach at aol.com wrote:

> Metheny, Duke,
> Hancock,
> Corea, Crusaders,  Yellowjackets, Clarke, Michael Franks, Strunz &   
> Farah,
> Bela
> Fleck, Spyro Gyra, etc etc was to a large extent without a  home. you
> couldn't
> hear a George Benson track with an extended  solo; the  biggest,  
> most popular
> and in many instances most talented  musicians  were passed over?>
> Dan  Polletta
> -------------------------------------------
> hi  dan--for whats its worth, imho, the consultants who ruled  
> smooth jazz
> with an  iron fist always had their eyes on a more pop heavy format  
> [= to more ad
>  $$'s].  initially they included some New Age (more popular in the  
> mid 80s)
> and then slowly drifted toward playing only pop /RnBb vocals ala  
> mariah
> carey,janet jackson et al.  it was a "mood service" to be marketed  
> &  branded so
> usurping the jazz moniker made sense/paid dividends.
> i still think there is room for a true contemporary jazz format  
> that could
> also include extra tasty adult urban and what was called triple A  
> rock for
> flavor.  sadly all three genres are largely overlooked by  
> terrestrial  radio.
> considering the size and pocketbooks of the boomers
> and the now aging gen Xer's, i'm surprised these 3 styles havent  
> received
> more play.
> those three formats include very significant numbers of "career"  
> artists:
> still recording, still touring, still selling tickets and in many  
> cases, still
> making great music.
> ricky schultz

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