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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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300599
Afro Brasil
An energetic and funky blend of Brazilian and African rhythms served with a side of Jazz. Live horns, vintage synths, guitars, bass and a driving drum groove. Perfect for any project looking for a tre...
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Afro Brasil
by Stuart Moore
Music ID: 300599
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04:15
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An energetic and funky blend of Brazilian and African rhythms served with a side of Jazz. Live horns, vintage synths, guitars, bass and a driving drum groove. Perfect for any project looking for a tre...
67083
Afterplay
Contemporary Smooth Jazz with a gentle bite. Catchy melodic piano and sax. Upbeat and positive with a soulful cool attitude, hip travel music. Perfect for LifeStyle branded CDs or placement in film or...
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Afterplay
by Brian Kelly
Music ID: 67083
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04:44
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Contemporary Smooth Jazz with a gentle bite. Catchy melodic piano and sax. Upbeat and positive with a soulful cool attitude, hip travel music. Perfect for LifeStyle branded CDs or placement in film or...
26170
Against the Flow
Real alto saxophone and drums create excitement with this manic track.Great for chase or urban crime underscore....
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Against the Flow
by Emanjay Emanjay
Music ID: 26170
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00:33
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Real alto saxophone and drums create excitement with this manic track.Great for chase or urban crime underscore....
26172
Against the Flow 5Sec.Edit
Real drums and saxophone provide a dynamic burst of energy suitable for a wide variety of media applications....
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Against the Flow 5Sec.Edit
by Emanjay Emanjay
Music ID: 26172
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00:06
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Real drums and saxophone provide a dynamic burst of energy suitable for a wide variety of media applications....
324479
All About Jazz Loop
Funky acoustic guitar, drums and traditional band instrumentals provide an funky jazz melody containing many quirky, yet questioning elements. Very useful background track for lounge or bar scene to i...
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All About Jazz Loop
by Geoff Harvey
Music ID: 324479
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01:13
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Funky acoustic guitar, drums and traditional band instrumentals provide an funky jazz melody containing many quirky, yet questioning elements. Very useful background track for lounge or bar scene to i...
383075
All For You
Romantic, smooth, modern Jazz piano with drums, alto sax and upright bass. Mood ranges from calm and reflective building to a funky, driving groove....
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All For You
by Stuart Moore
Music ID: 383075
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03:48
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Romantic, smooth, modern Jazz piano with drums, alto sax and upright bass. Mood ranges from calm and reflective building to a funky, driving groove....
160602
All that jazz
Conjures up images of smoke filled night clubs, great for film noir and advertising...
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All that jazz
by Michael Byard
Music ID: 160602
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01:47
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Conjures up images of smoke filled night clubs, great for film noir and advertising...
67490
All the Way In Inst
swinging jazz w/ drums, bass, piano, alto sax mixed with pop acoustic guitar with a hip hop flavor...
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All the Way In Inst
by Colin O'dwyer
Music ID: 67490
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01:37
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swinging jazz w/ drums, bass, piano, alto sax mixed with pop acoustic guitar with a hip hop flavor...
67545
All the Way In Vocal
If John Mayer was fronting a swing trio of drums, bass and piano, this is what he would sound like. There's also a splash of alto sax... jazz vocal w/ drums, bass, piano, alto sax mixed with pop aco...
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All the Way In Vocal
by Colin O'dwyer
Music ID: 67545
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03:22
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If John Mayer was fronting a swing trio of drums, bass and piano, this is what he would sound like. There's also a splash of alto sax... jazz vocal w/ drums, bass, piano, alto sax mixed with pop aco...
24100
Almondine
uptempo dance jazz ballad featuring piano, sax, horns, flute, etc....
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Almondine
by Delano Pinckney
Music ID: 24100
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08:52
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uptempo dance jazz ballad featuring piano, sax, horns, flute, etc....
13392
American Princess
Easy going Mood best used with images of relaxation, sunsets. Haunting and melodic, this jazzy lounge piece is a breeze....
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American Princess
by Dan Foster
Music ID: 13392
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02:27
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Easy going Mood best used with images of relaxation, sunsets. Haunting and melodic, this jazzy lounge piece is a breeze....
36921
Andromeda's Smile
Jazz Trio, Piano, Bass, Drums. Songsculptor has Great Background Music for all your Video, Television or Film projects. Intros, scenes, credits etc. Have a listen, you won���t be disappointed....
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Andromeda's Smile
by Richard Melvin Brown
Music ID: 36921
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04:12
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Jazz Trio, Piano, Bass, Drums. Songsculptor has Great Background Music for all your Video, Television or Film projects. Intros, scenes, credits etc. Have a listen, you won���t be disappointed....
84902
Another Day
Ah, just another beautiful day in colorful Colorado. This ensemble has soprano sax lead and orchestral accomp with cool rythm and smooth piano...
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Another Day
by E L Mahon
Music ID: 84902
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07:04
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Ah, just another beautiful day in colorful Colorado. This ensemble has soprano sax lead and orchestral accomp with cool rythm and smooth piano...
415005
Anthem
A quirkly, hard swinging, somewhat deranged sounding, medium tempo modern jazz composition with a fanfare like melody, inspired by the music of Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, Han Bennink and European A...
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Anthem
by Andy Bianco
Music ID: 415005
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05:21
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A quirkly, hard swinging, somewhat deranged sounding, medium tempo modern jazz composition with a fanfare like melody, inspired by the music of Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, Han Bennink and European A...
45736
April Jade
This hot little jazz number features some smokin' acoustic guitar work as well as a very tight live rhythm section......
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April Jade
by Lee Fitzsimmons
Music ID: 45736
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03:27
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This hot little jazz number features some smokin' acoustic guitar work as well as a very tight live rhythm section......
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....
114589
AQUA VERDE
Smooth boSsa nova marked by acoustic gtr, piano, double bass, flute, light drums, strings and trumpet. soft, romantic, sexy . flavour, positive, happy and joyful ! Light recreation, travel, leisur...
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AQUA VERDE
by Dan Foster
Music ID: 114589
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03:44
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Smooth boSsa nova marked by acoustic gtr, piano, double bass, flute, light drums, strings and trumpet. soft, romantic, sexy . flavour, positive, happy and joyful ! Light recreation, travel, leisur...
9213
Arni & Andy
vibrant, cool...
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Arni & Andy
by Gerhard Daum
Music ID: 9213
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01:59
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vibrant, cool...
100096
Ask No Questions
A cool, contemporary jazz track with a verse reminiscent of the smooth, bluesy sound of classic Blue Note records and a chorus with a more modern vibe similar to Pat Metheny. Features Electric Guitar,...
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Ask No Questions
by Stuart Moore
Music ID: 100096
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03:58
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A cool, contemporary jazz track with a verse reminiscent of the smooth, bluesy sound of classic Blue Note records and a chorus with a more modern vibe similar to Pat Metheny. Features Electric Guitar,...
36947
Aspiration's Mirror
Jazz Trio, Piano, Bass, Drums. Songsculptor has Great Background Music for all your Video, Television, Film or Audio Book projects. Intros, scenes, fills, breaks, credits etc. Have a listen, you won...
Commercial Price: $49.75

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Aspiration's Mirror
by Richard Melvin Brown
Music ID: 36947
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02:06
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Jazz Trio, Piano, Bass, Drums. Songsculptor has Great Background Music for all your Video, Television, Film or Audio Book projects. Intros, scenes, fills, breaks, credits etc. Have a listen, you won...
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