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Autumn Chill: Smooth Jazzers Reflect on their Hard-Jazz Heroes

Although smooth-jazz artists prefer a gentle groove to deep swing and are more likely to gig at a resort in Bermuda than a basement club … Read More "Autumn Chill: Smooth Jazzers Reflect on their Hard-Jazz Heroes"
George Duke
Boney James
Dave Brubeck
Chuck Loeb
Marion Meadows
Peter White
Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt (photo: William P. Gottlieb Collection/Library of Congress)
Lee Ritenour
Joyce Cooling
Hermeto Pascoal
Chieli Minucci
John McLaughlin
Richard Smith
Joe Pass
Gerald Veasley
Victor Fields
Joe Williams
Oliver Nelson
Everette Harp
Marcus Johnson
Kevin Toney
Art Tatum
Gerald Albright
Sonny Fortune

Although smooth-jazz artists prefer a gentle groove to deep swing and are more likely to gig at a resort in Bermuda than a basement club in the Village, many worship the same gods as the Morans and the Mehldaus. For this edition of Autumn Chill, we asked some top smooth- and urban-jazzers to reflect on their hard-jazz heroes.

George Duke on Cannonball Adderly

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