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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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35314
SHOWTIME :60
Moderate: This big, showy, contemporary piece can be a theme song for a corporate production, enhance a documentary or support an opening sequence. Slightly larger-than-life, without being artificial,...
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SHOWTIME :60
by Jack Waldenmaier
Music ID: 35314
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01:05
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Moderate: This big, showy, contemporary piece can be a theme song for a corporate production, enhance a documentary or support an opening sequence. Slightly larger-than-life, without being artificial,...
15087
Side Swiped
Cool little swing groove with melody on acoustic guitar and Fender Rhodes......
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Side Swiped
by Lee Fitzsimmons
Music ID: 15087
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02:39
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Cool little swing groove with melody on acoustic guitar and Fender Rhodes......
308772
Silhouette In Sunset
Slow, meditative and soothing jazz piece for piano, strings, flute and guitar. Perfect for detective stories or lonely drinking. Loopable....
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Silhouette In Sunset
by Sergey Eybog
Music ID: 308772
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01:31
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Slow, meditative and soothing jazz piece for piano, strings, flute and guitar. Perfect for detective stories or lonely drinking. Loopable....
9873
Silky night
contemporary soul jazz track featuring a melodic solo gtr and sax in second half....
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Silky night
by Dan Foster
Music ID: 9873
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04:16
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contemporary soul jazz track featuring a melodic solo gtr and sax in second half....
69442
Silly Little Thing
Light cafe feel Jazz. Features acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Fun and breezy...
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Silly Little Thing
by Tony Koretz
Music ID: 69442
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02:14
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Light cafe feel Jazz. Features acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Fun and breezy...
76722
Silver Pony Ride
This brisk up-tempo jazz waltz features an impassioned acoustic guitar performance that nimbly dances over a fiery hot rhythm section laying down a fierce groove led by thick drum and bass textures......
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Silver Pony Ride
by Lee Fitzsimmons
Music ID: 76722
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02:07
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This brisk up-tempo jazz waltz features an impassioned acoustic guitar performance that nimbly dances over a fiery hot rhythm section laying down a fierce groove led by thick drum and bass textures......
386296
Simple Christmas Joys
The essence of Christmas is found in this song from BrownHouseMedia.  It is a  smooth, comforting, heartwarming piece. Your audience will be transported to a Christmas haven where all is right with ...
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Simple Christmas Joys
by Tim Brown
Music ID: 386296
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02:56
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The essence of Christmas is found in this song from BrownHouseMedia.  It is a  smooth, comforting, heartwarming piece. Your audience will be transported to a Christmas haven where all is right with ...
301520
Simple things
This track was made in a jazz style. Piano trio. Swing, main stream. Two improvisation choruses by piano in a contemporary style. Upright bass and drums....
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Simple things
by Dmitriy Lukyanov
Music ID: 301520
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02:53
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This track was made in a jazz style. Piano trio. Swing, main stream. Two improvisation choruses by piano in a contemporary style. Upright bass and drums....
427580
Sitcom Fun
An upbeat and fun song featuring a sprite real horn section, groovy bass, jangly rhythm guitars and real drums. Driving and fun, reminiscent of the old sitcoms from the 70's like Bosom Buddies and Hap...
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Sitcom Fun
by Scott Ross
Music ID: 427580
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02:33
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An upbeat and fun song featuring a sprite real horn section, groovy bass, jangly rhythm guitars and real drums. Driving and fun, reminiscent of the old sitcoms from the 70's like Bosom Buddies and Hap...
88851
Six brothers
ensemble of jazz and classical fusion, piano, cello, strings, choral voices, bass, drums, romantic and nostagic atmosphere...
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Six brothers
by Juan Pablo Zaragoza
Music ID: 88851
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03:52
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ensemble of jazz and classical fusion, piano, cello, strings, choral voices, bass, drums, romantic and nostagic atmosphere...
64201
Skyline
Skyline features piano, bass, drums, electric guitar, and horns. The song conjures images of New York City and its towering skyline. The track is upbeat, soulful, and driving with a smooth, catchy ele...
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Skyline
by Matthew Schildt
Music ID: 64201
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05:03
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Skyline features piano, bass, drums, electric guitar, and horns. The song conjures images of New York City and its towering skyline. The track is upbeat, soulful, and driving with a smooth, catchy ele...
70135
Slap The Monkey
A little bit tribal, a whole lot of funk. Don't know if Tarzan would approve....
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Slap The Monkey
by E L Mahon
Music ID: 70135
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05:38
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A little bit tribal, a whole lot of funk. Don't know if Tarzan would approve....
167865
Sleazy Does It
Sleazy funky snaking bass groove, with shuffling jazzy beats and slinky rhodes. Sexy, slinky and retro. Instrumental jazz....
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Sleazy Does It
by Jonathan Sharp
Music ID: 167865
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01:00
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Sleazy funky snaking bass groove, with shuffling jazzy beats and slinky rhodes. Sexy, slinky and retro. Instrumental jazz....
254894
Slow Down (Jazz Loop)
Very slow and relaxing Jazz Loop. Bass Guitar playing a nice soothing melody. If this doesn't slow you down and make you put your feet up there is something wrong with you. ;) Fully loopable. ...
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Slow Down (Jazz Loop)
by Score Weaver
Music ID: 254894
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00:29
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Very slow and relaxing Jazz Loop. Bass Guitar playing a nice soothing melody. If this doesn't slow you down and make you put your feet up there is something wrong with you. ;) Fully loopable. ...
27013
SMELL THE ROSES 3:13
Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
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SMELL THE ROSES 3:13
by Jack Waldenmaier
Music ID: 27013
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03:17
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Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
35413
SMELL THE ROSES :17
Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
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SMELL THE ROSES :17
by Jack Waldenmaier
Music ID: 35413
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00:21
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Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
35412
SMELL THE ROSES :30
Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
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SMELL THE ROSES :30
by Jack Waldenmaier
Music ID: 35412
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00:34
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Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
35411
SMELL THE ROSES :60
Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
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SMELL THE ROSES :60
by Jack Waldenmaier
Music ID: 35411
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01:05
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Moderate: This comforting piece encourages the world to slow down, relax and take life as it comes. Its soft and comfortable, like the serenity of home after a long journey, a lazy summer afternoon, o...
354557
Smoky Bar IS0
Smooth, melodic Jazz song with catchy, emotional guitar riffs, elegant piano and lush bass. ...
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Smoky Bar IS0
by Image Sounds
Music ID: 354557
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02:34
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Smooth, melodic Jazz song with catchy, emotional guitar riffs, elegant piano and lush bass. ...
413389
Smoky Lounge
Jazzy background track. Suitable for bar or lounge scenes. Creates suspense and anticipation....
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Smoky Lounge
by Joachim Becker
Music ID: 413389
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02:27
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Jazzy background track. Suitable for bar or lounge scenes. Creates suspense and anticipation....
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