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EXT SRC 16 / Valley View

May 22, 2024 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Music

With Theodore III

2nd & 4th weeks

EXT SRC 16 / Valley View

My mom requested that I play Jeff Lorber for Mother's Day, so I built a deep dive into my history with smooth jazz and jazz from the late 70's to the late 90's in general. As a teenager, developing my own taste in music, that era of jazz was a blind spot for me. I preferred the organic feel of jazz in the 60's, or energy of fusion and free jazz in the 70's. After that I wasn't very interested in the incorporation of so many synths and electronic drums in the 80's. Even Miles Davis lost me. But at some point I began digging through my parents record and CD collections and realized I had a nostalgia for this sound. My dad was a jazz guitarist and my mom was a pianist, so this music was always around. George Benson and Earl Klugh are stuck in the depths of childhood memories, listening while riding through Mill Mountain in a Datsun 300ZX with the windows down, humming the melodies to myself. I also realized that the pipeline from fusion to smooth jazz was common. While I wouldn't say they were smooth, 80's offerings by some of my favorites like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock reached a more radio-friendly state but still clicked with me. So while some smooth jazz is still a bit too clean for me, this set of tracks is me on a mission to find a middle ground between what I enjoy and what my mom enjoys. Maybe this will bring back memories for other people as well.

EXT SRC 16 / Valley View
3:02 PM
Spyro Gyra - Sweet 'n Savvy
Spyro Gyra Sweet 'n Savvy
Carnaval Amherst Records, Inc. 1997 Jazz
3:07 PM
David Sanborn - Duck Ankles
David Sanborn Duck Ankles
Taking Off Warner Records 1975 Jazz
3:10 PM
Lee Ritenour - Captain Fingers
Lee Ritenour Captain Fingers
Captain Fingers Epic 1977 Jazz
3:17 PM
Jeff Lorber - Always There
Jeff Lorber Always There
It's a Fact Legacy Recordings 1982 Jazz
3:21 PM
Yellowjackets - Rush Hour
Yellowjackets Rush Hour
Yellowjackets Warner Records 1988 Jazz
3:26 PM
Bob James & Earl Klugh - Whiplash
Bob James & Earl Klugh Whiplash
Two of a Kind Blue Note Records 1982 Jazz
3:32 PM
Joe Sample - There Are Many Stops Along the Way
Joe Sample There Are Many Stops Along the Way
Rainbow Seeker Blue Thumb 1978 Jazz
3:39 PM
Pieces of a Dream - Steady Glide
Pieces of a Dream Steady Glide
Pieces of a Dream Rhino/Elektra 1981 Jazz
3:42 PM
George Benson - Valdez In the Country
George Benson Valdez In the Country
In Flight Rhino/Warner Records 1976 Jazz
3:46 PM
Fourplay - Bali Run
Fourplay Bali Run
Fourplay evosound 1991 Contemporary Jazz
3:51 PM
Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour - Early A.M. Attitude
Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour Early A.M. Attitude
Harlequin Verve Reissues 1985 Jazz
3:56 PM
Chuck Loeb - The Mission
Chuck Loeb The Mission
Magic Fingers DMP 1990 Jazz
4:02 PM
The Rippingtons - Tropic of Capricorn (feat. Russ Freeman)
The Rippingtons Tropic of Capricorn (feat. Russ Freeman)
Welcome to the St. James' Club GRP 1990 Jazz
4:08 PM
George Duke - Sugar Loaf Mountain
George Duke Sugar Loaf Mountain
Brazilian Love Affair (Expanded Edition) Legacy Recordings 1979 Jazz
4:10 PM
Dave Weckl - Dis' Place This
Dave Weckl Dis' Place This
Hard-Wired GRP 1994 Jazz
4:17 PM
Wayne Shorter - Endangered Species
Wayne Shorter Endangered Species
Atlantis Columbia/Legacy 1985 Jazz
4:21 PM
Chick Corea Elektric Band II - CTA
Chick Corea Elektric Band II CTA
Paint The World GRP 1993 Jazz
4:27 PM
Herbie Hancock - Hump
Herbie Hancock Hump
Dis Is da Drum Verve Reissues 2015 Jazz
4:32 PM
Urban Knights - On the Radio
Urban Knights On the Radio
Urban Knights GRP 1995 Jazz
4:37 PM
Pat Martino & Joyous Lake - Mac Tough (feat. Joyous Lake)
Pat Martino & Joyous Lake Mac Tough (feat. Joyous Lake)
Stone Blue (feat. Joyous Lake) Blue Note Records 1998 Jazz
4:43 PM
Paul Jackson Jr. - It's a Start
Paul Jackson Jr. It's a Start
A River In the Desert Rhino Atlantic 1993 R&B/Soul
4:48 PM
Mark Whitfield - Washington Square Throughfare
Mark Whitfield Washington Square Throughfare
7th Ave. Stroll Polydor 1995 Jazz
4:54 PM
The Reflections - Morning Dance
The Reflections Morning Dance
Reflections Self Release 2000 Jazz