Creed Taylor and the Origins of Smooth Jazz

Creed Taylor (circa 1970) Courtesy Michael Ochs Archives

Creed Taylor and the Origins of Smooth Jazz

I can assure you the genre Smooth jazz falls from the sky, onto the minds of the people who create and harness it. The emerges where artists are playing jazz music; a significant progression of newer constructs of African, Latin, and European music starting in the 1920s and 1930s. No record, record label, producer, or artist created smooth jazz singularly, but is easy for anyone to discover its key pioneers who gave it life and energy. Smooth jazz and Acid jazz emerge out of Latin-tinged lounge music; experiments showcasing on Broadway and in Hollywood. You had to go to theatres and cinemas to open your ears to lounge music.

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