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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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412162
Stormy Sunday
A swinging mixed meter harmonically sophisticated instrumental jazz composition for quintet, featuring lush harmonies, menacing ostinatos and soaring melodies. Showcases solos from guitar, alto sax p...
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Stormy Sunday
by Andy Bianco
Music ID: 412162
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08:20
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A swinging mixed meter harmonically sophisticated instrumental jazz composition for quintet, featuring lush harmonies, menacing ostinatos and soaring melodies. Showcases solos from guitar, alto sax p...
412159
Southern Cross
An uptempo hard swinging mixed meter modern jazz instrumental composition for quintet. Intense and burning. With soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Featuring solos from guitar, tenor sax and drum...
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Southern Cross
by Andy Bianco
Music ID: 412159
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06:48
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An uptempo hard swinging mixed meter modern jazz instrumental composition for quintet. Intense and burning. With soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Featuring solos from guitar, tenor sax and drum...
412121
Breath
A dark, haunting, harmonically sophisticated, straight eighth mixed meter modern jazz quartet composition, featuring high energy solos from guitar, sax, and drums. In the style of John Scofield, ECM ...
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Breath
by Andy Bianco
Music ID: 412121
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08:17
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A dark, haunting, harmonically sophisticated, straight eighth mixed meter modern jazz quartet composition, featuring high energy solos from guitar, sax, and drums. In the style of John Scofield, ECM ...
412106
Descent
A swinging, odd meter harmonically sophisticated modern jazz instrumental composition for quintet, with a menacing melody, featuring solos from guitar and alto sax...In the modern jazz style of Steve ...
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Descent
by Andy Bianco
Music ID: 412106
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05:02
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A swinging, odd meter harmonically sophisticated modern jazz instrumental composition for quintet, with a menacing melody, featuring solos from guitar and alto sax...In the modern jazz style of Steve ...
408509
Waiting Patiently NO MELODY
Groovy mix of lounge and funk, crisp rhythm guitar with a groovy bass riff, bongos and even a full horn section. The mood is cool and sexy. Thievery Corporation, Steely Dan...
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Waiting Patiently NO MELODY
by Abbas Premjee
Music ID: 408509
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02:41
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Groovy mix of lounge and funk, crisp rhythm guitar with a groovy bass riff, bongos and even a full horn section. The mood is cool and sexy. Thievery Corporation, Steely Dan...
408087
Bop - Melody Only
This is the melody to an original jazz composition called "Bop." The full version is also available, please see my portfolio for this option. This piece features a flugelhorn and vibraphone in an inti...
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Bop - Melody Only
by Matthew Anklan
Music ID: 408087
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00:50
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This is the melody to an original jazz composition called "Bop." The full version is also available, please see my portfolio for this option. This piece features a flugelhorn and vibraphone in an inti...
406715
Roll The Dice: Casino
Confident Jazz melody featuring Vibraphone, piano, bass, jazz guitar and saxophone, create an ideal contemporary background jazz theme for casino, gambling or ball room event. The melody is slightly...
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Roll The Dice: Casino
by Geoff Harvey
Music ID: 406715
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01:17
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Confident Jazz melody featuring Vibraphone, piano, bass, jazz guitar and saxophone, create an ideal contemporary background jazz theme for casino, gambling or ball room event. The melody is slightly...
405982
Jazz Killer Shadows
If your looking for laid back straight atonal jazz, look no further, I literally think we had the Strat on here for two hours prior. Drop this floor in your production to drive your sedated goodness s...
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Jazz Killer Shadows
by Colors Of The Dark
Music ID: 405982
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00:54
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If your looking for laid back straight atonal jazz, look no further, I literally think we had the Strat on here for two hours prior. Drop this floor in your production to drive your sedated goodness s...
402184
Holding My Breath
An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
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Holding My Breath
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402184
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04:06
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An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
402183
Holding My Breath - 90 sec extract 3
An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
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Holding My Breath - 90 sec extract 3
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402183
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01:34
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An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
402182
Holding My Breath - 60 sec extract 2
An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
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Holding My Breath - 60 sec extract 2
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402182
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An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
402181
Holding My Breath - 60 sec extract 1
An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
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Holding My Breath - 60 sec extract 1
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402181
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An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
402180
Holding My Breath - 15 sec intro
An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
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Holding My Breath - 15 sec intro
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402180
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An interesting and elegant conversation among rhodes, piano and soprano sax. All these elements sustained by catchy rhythmic sections. A blend of lounge and jazz sounds that will feed the most demandi...
402172
Give Me Your Night
A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
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Give Me Your Night
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402172
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05:05
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A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
402171
Give Me Your Night - loop
A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
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Give Me Your Night - loop
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402171
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A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
402170
Give Me Your Night - extract 3
A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
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Give Me Your Night - extract 3
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402170
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02:13
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A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
402169
Give Me Your Night - extract 2
A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
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Give Me Your Night - extract 2
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402169
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02:13
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A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
402168
Give Me Your Night - extract 1
A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
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Give Me Your Night - extract 1
by Alandra Music
Music ID: 402168
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00:48
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A dynamic lounge tune, a combination between sax and piano that makes the difference in this sexy tune great for your hottest nights. Great for your hotel lounge, your company playlist, your TV broadc...
400946
groovejazz
Groovy jazz saxophone, music with piano, trumpet and percussion accompaniment, bar, lounge....
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groovejazz
by Ingo Herrmann
Music ID: 400946
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02:24
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Groovy jazz saxophone, music with piano, trumpet and percussion accompaniment, bar, lounge....
399474
Hollywood Heights
Mid-tempo jazz rock with a lounge feel....
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Hollywood Heights
by Jeremy Sherman
Music ID: 399474
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02:35
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Mid-tempo jazz rock with a lounge feel....
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