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Contemporary Jazz

Contemporary Jazz is essentially a catch-all term for the various permutations of popular, mainstream jazz of the 1980s and '90s. While those years were certainly not devoid of complex, cerebral jazz recordings, music referred to as contemporary jazz does not usually share those sensibilities, nor is the term generally used to describe music centered around hard bop or the avant-garde. Instead, instrumental contemporary jazz is usually informed by some combination of a) fusion -- often slickly produced, with an emphasis on rock and funk rhythms; b) pop-jazz, with its almost exclusive concentration on memorable melodies; c) smooth jazz, with its primary goal of creating pleasant, mellow textures; and d) crossover jazz and contemporary funk, with their blend of polished production and R&B influences. Not all contemporary jazz artists completely discard improvisation and challenging experimentation, but by and large, most instrumentalists emphasize shiny production, melody, and accessibility. In the realm of vocal jazz, artists may or may not possess an improvisational flair, but in most cases, their recordings attempt to evoke an aura of stylish sophistication, sometimes drawing upon pop and R&B in addition to jazz. More in Jazz: Acid Jazz | Ballads - Jazz | Bebop & Straight Ahead | Big Band & Swing | Blues | Contemporary Jazz | Cool | Dixieland | Fusion | Latin Jazz | New Orleans / Second Line | Smooth Jazz
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1252
Street Acid
A smooth, fun acid jazz piece, suitable for underscores...
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Street Acid
by Chee Wei Tay
Music ID: 1252
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02:31
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A smooth, fun acid jazz piece, suitable for underscores...
1369
3 Point Landing
Fast jazzy trio...
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3 Point Landing
by Victor Spiegel
Music ID: 1369
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06:32
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Fast jazzy trio...
1896
Spanish Haiku for Julia
Rubato tone poem by a jazz quintet....
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Spanish Haiku for Julia
by Gene Shimosato
Music ID: 1896
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02:40
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Rubato tone poem by a jazz quintet....
1905
Now, Parting
A sound canvas for guitar. With the great Rashied Ali(John Coltrane renown)....
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Now, Parting
by Gene Ess
Music ID: 1905
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03:03
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A sound canvas for guitar. With the great Rashied Ali(John Coltrane renown)....
2137
Cocktail Party
Lively, sophisticated, and sure to please. 'Cocktail Party' is suitable for any commercial or film sequence requiring a 'welcome to the event' kind of feeling. Easily editable....
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Cocktail Party
by Matthew Shaker
Music ID: 2137
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01:02
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Lively, sophisticated, and sure to please. 'Cocktail Party' is suitable for any commercial or film sequence requiring a 'welcome to the event' kind of feeling. Easily editable....
2372
Juju
Dark, percussive, fighting for his life, Can't someone help? Brass, percussion....
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Juju
by Victor Spiegel
Music ID: 2372
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02:08
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Dark, percussive, fighting for his life, Can't someone help? Brass, percussion....
2925
5/4 Moon
A jazzy 5/4 tune with vibes taking the melody and drums that really begin to drive about a minute in. For Custom Music, email brian@productionmax.com...
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5/4 Moon
by Brian Russell
Music ID: 2925
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02:29
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A jazzy 5/4 tune with vibes taking the melody and drums that really begin to drive about a minute in. For Custom Music, email brian@productionmax.com...
3563
Shady Business
Slow tempo, jazz trio with sneaky, suspicious, shady feeling....
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Shady Business
by Shohei Urata
Music ID: 3563
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00:24
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Slow tempo, jazz trio with sneaky, suspicious, shady feeling....
3739
Jazz Jam
Contemporary upbeat jazz....
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Jazz Jam
by Stephen Bashaw
Music ID: 3739
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05:03
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Contemporary upbeat jazz....
3740
Jazz Smoothie
Contemporary jazz....
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Jazz Smoothie
by Stephen Bashaw
Music ID: 3740
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02:51
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Contemporary jazz....
4185
Rain day
Rain day, is a jazzy instrumental, highlighted by an electric piano and Jazz electric guitar melody. Perfect backing track for film, or product endorsement....
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Rain day
by David Alford
Music ID: 4185
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03:02
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Rain day, is a jazzy instrumental, highlighted by an electric piano and Jazz electric guitar melody. Perfect backing track for film, or product endorsement....
5094
Ghost Train
Chugging midtempo groove, rhythm guitar, blues guitar and brass. This one is a smooth bluesy ride... worth the listen...
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Ghost Train
by Karl Kalbaugh
Music ID: 5094
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02:24
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Chugging midtempo groove, rhythm guitar, blues guitar and brass. This one is a smooth bluesy ride... worth the listen...
6885
Right Way
Groovy piece featuring Acoustic Piano. Nu Jazz. Funky keyboards. Driving drums. Good for car commercial....
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Right Way
by Andrew J Dorsett
Music ID: 6885
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04:03
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Groovy piece featuring Acoustic Piano. Nu Jazz. Funky keyboards. Driving drums. Good for car commercial....
7094
Maui tribal
A short trip to Maui. Tremelo guitar lead over Hawaiian drums. Minor chord changes with a haunting melody. Also available on the PT World tour-1 CD...
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Maui tribal
by Jim Rieder
Music ID: 7094
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00:53
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A short trip to Maui. Tremelo guitar lead over Hawaiian drums. Minor chord changes with a haunting melody. Also available on the PT World tour-1 CD...
7116
Car Trouble
Grooves and motives are packaged in elements of straight ahead jazz and fusion....
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Car Trouble
by Daniel Domanico
Music ID: 7116
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05:25
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Grooves and motives are packaged in elements of straight ahead jazz and fusion....
7538
Morning Glory
Sax and guitar have a chat about green tea. Light and easy going jazz ala the weather channel....
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Morning Glory
by Krystal Chastin Music
Music ID: 7538
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03:46
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Sax and guitar have a chat about green tea. Light and easy going jazz ala the weather channel....
7543
Morning Glory_underscore
Sax and guitar have a chat about green tea. Light and easy going jazz ala the weather channel....
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Morning Glory_underscore
by Krystal Chastin Music
Music ID: 7543
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03:44
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Sax and guitar have a chat about green tea. Light and easy going jazz ala the weather channel....
8275
Church & Stuff
This is a mixture of black gospel and jazz on a hammond B3 simulator....
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Church & Stuff
by Mose Pleasure, III
Music ID: 8275
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04:54
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This is a mixture of black gospel and jazz on a hammond B3 simulator....
8293
Clouds in the Sky
Cool, hip sophisticated and jazzy. Nice Wes Montgomery style octave melody on jazz guitar, nice rhodes electric piano, subtle synth lines and funky guitar back up. Good for all kinds of scenes that...
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Clouds in the Sky
by Dynamedion .com
Music ID: 8293
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03:39
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Cool, hip sophisticated and jazzy. Nice Wes Montgomery style octave melody on jazz guitar, nice rhodes electric piano, subtle synth lines and funky guitar back up. Good for all kinds of scenes that...
8294
Aqua Blue
Hip and sophisticated, laid back and chilled out. Lots of sax, upright acoustic bass, fender rhodes. Sit back and relax....
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Aqua Blue
by Dynamedion .com
Music ID: 8294
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03:06
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Hip and sophisticated, laid back and chilled out. Lots of sax, upright acoustic bass, fender rhodes. Sit back and relax....
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