Another name for smooth jazz is “elevator music”. It’s that background sound you hear in played over the speakers in stores to make you feel like you’re in modern America. No doubt that the sound we get from Tom Braxton. That doesn’t degrade the music in the least, and if you pay close attention to the music and notice the swing and clean, often live sound, you can begin to appreciate the sweet vibes that resonant from these pieces. Head on over to Braxton’s website to listen some samples (full songs too).
One particular artist who stands out in the jazz section is Everette Harp. His swinging tune “Juke Joint” caught my ear. The groove makes me want to move, which means it kinda ignores the typically relaxing nature of the rest of the genre.