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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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446250
Awere
Smooth jazzy trip hop groove smooth bass funky beat nice love scene urban sexy and loving....
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Awere
by Shawn Ethier
Music ID: 446250
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Smooth jazzy trip hop groove smooth bass funky beat nice love scene urban sexy and loving....
434636
Peaceful Protest
Modern and laidback urban Jazz featuring trumpet, sax, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Great for chilled, sophisticated, hip and cool productions....
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Peaceful Protest
by Stuart Moore
Music ID: 434636
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03:41
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Modern and laidback urban Jazz featuring trumpet, sax, piano, guitar, bass and drums. Great for chilled, sophisticated, hip and cool productions....
433687
Chillhood
This is an amusing jazzy pop track with vocal effect and a crazy circus feel, great for commercials and audiobooks. ...
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Chillhood
by Gustavo Nazar
Music ID: 433687
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This is an amusing jazzy pop track with vocal effect and a crazy circus feel, great for commercials and audiobooks. ...
430233
My cure
This is a bright growing pop piece with jazz brasses and bass, quiet beginning and madness outbreak sensation. Ideal for TV and radio show intro. ...
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My cure
by Gustavo Nazar
Music ID: 430233
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This is a bright growing pop piece with jazz brasses and bass, quiet beginning and madness outbreak sensation. Ideal for TV and radio show intro. ...
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...
424109
Utopia
A fresh and invigorating blend of electronica and pop. Bright, inspiring and uplifting this track is electronica light with a bit of jazz. Great for advertising and for presenting a modern touch with...
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Utopia
by Abbas Premjee
Music ID: 424109
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02:17
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A fresh and invigorating blend of electronica and pop. Bright, inspiring and uplifting this track is electronica light with a bit of jazz. Great for advertising and for presenting a modern touch with...
422072
Danny Boy / Londonderry Air (Harmonica)
Upbeat, uptempo, jazzy blues harmonica version of this classic song. Instrumental with jazz guitar, blues harmonica and backing vocals. Also known as: Londonderry Air, Air from County Derry, Derry Ai...
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Danny Boy / Londonderry Air (Harmonica)
by Will Tang
Music ID: 422072
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03:22
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Upbeat, uptempo, jazzy blues harmonica version of this classic song. Instrumental with jazz guitar, blues harmonica and backing vocals. Also known as: Londonderry Air, Air from County Derry, Derry Ai...
421984
Child of Five
A groovy, laid back, syncopated jazz instrumental featuring piano and electric piano solos....
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Child of Five
by Christopher Frick
Music ID: 421984
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03:02
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A groovy, laid back, syncopated jazz instrumental featuring piano and electric piano solos....
421980
Chasing Light
A laid back, groovy jazz instrumental featuring an electric piano solo....
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Chasing Light
by Christopher Frick
Music ID: 421980
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04:55
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A laid back, groovy jazz instrumental featuring an electric piano solo....
421979
Dawn
A groovy, laid back jazz instrumental featuring electric piano and synthesizer solos....
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Dawn
by Christopher Frick
Music ID: 421979
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05:04
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A groovy, laid back jazz instrumental featuring electric piano and synthesizer solos....
419017
Cold Miles One
This underscore is a variant element of simple passive unknown fear. It's meant to have patience, and swell beneath your dark, foreboding images, and can be built to work aside other elements to bring...
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Cold Miles One
by Seven Notes In Black
Music ID: 419017
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This underscore is a variant element of simple passive unknown fear. It's meant to have patience, and swell beneath your dark, foreboding images, and can be built to work aside other elements to bring...
419015
Dark Miles One
This Jazz underscore is a element of criminal minds and dark intent. It's meant to have patience, and swell beneath your dark, foreboding images, and can be built to work aside other elements to bring...
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Dark Miles One
by Colors Of The Dark
Music ID: 419015
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This Jazz underscore is a element of criminal minds and dark intent. It's meant to have patience, and swell beneath your dark, foreboding images, and can be built to work aside other elements to bring...
419012
Dark Miles to Run Two
Pulsing calculating and stalking basses create a sonic wave of oppression as dark metallic foreboding shrill elements howl and scorn spite filled mayhem bliss, drop this under your obsessed, ominous e...
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Dark Miles to Run Two
by Seven Notes In Black
Music ID: 419012
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Pulsing calculating and stalking basses create a sonic wave of oppression as dark metallic foreboding shrill elements howl and scorn spite filled mayhem bliss, drop this under your obsessed, ominous e...
418983
Lonely Cloud Becomes A Black Cloud
Lonely cloud become dark cloud. Beautiful rhythmic composition for piano. Tender and sentimental music of passion, love & loneliness. Smooth music of hope. Arranged for piano, bass and drums in modern...
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Lonely Cloud Becomes A Black Cloud
by Cyril Baranov
Music ID: 418983
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03:46
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Lonely cloud become dark cloud. Beautiful rhythmic composition for piano. Tender and sentimental music of passion, love & loneliness. Smooth music of hope. Arranged for piano, bass and drums in modern...
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...
414199
Playing The Game Of Romance
A smooth and jazzy song consisting out of drums, double bass, piano, brass section and a string section. Great for flirty, romantic scenes and film noir....
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Playing The Game Of Romance
by Tim Besamusca
Music ID: 414199
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03:58
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A smooth and jazzy song consisting out of drums, double bass, piano, brass section and a string section. Great for flirty, romantic scenes and film noir....
413393
Ozone Zone (Ambient Mix)
A smooth and slightly jazzy Lounge / Chill-out track. Warm sounds and nice grooves. Stylish....
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Ozone Zone (Ambient Mix)
by One To 7
Music ID: 413393
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02:39
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A smooth and slightly jazzy Lounge / Chill-out track. Warm sounds and nice grooves. Stylish....
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....
413388
Ozone Zone (30-secs version)
A smooth and slightly jazzy Lounge / Chill-out track. Warm sounds and nice grooves. Stylish....
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Ozone Zone (30-secs version)
by One To 7
Music ID: 413388
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00:31
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A smooth and slightly jazzy Lounge / Chill-out track. Warm sounds and nice grooves. Stylish....
412623
Innerstellar Hymn
A joyous free jazz quartet piece in the spirit and style of late 60's John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Gateway, Jimi Hendrix and Elvin Jones. Features improvised free jazz and jazz/roc...
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Innerstellar Hymn
by Andy Bianco
Music ID: 412623
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07:11
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A joyous free jazz quartet piece in the spirit and style of late 60's John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Gateway, Jimi Hendrix and Elvin Jones. Features improvised free jazz and jazz/roc...
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