Dream Girl Radio / EXT SRC presents:

 

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.

 

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Playlist:

    Time: May 22 - 11:02:01 am
  • Carnaval

    Spyro Gyra, “Sweet 'n Savvy”

    from Carnaval

    Amherst Records, Inc. - 1997

  • Time: May 22 - 11:07:09 am
  • Taking Off

    David Sanborn, “Duck Ankles”

    from Taking Off

    Warner Records - 1975

  • Time: May 22 - 11:10:00 am
  • Captain Fingers

    Lee Ritenour, “Captain Fingers”

    from Captain Fingers

    Epic - 1977

  • Time: May 22 - 11:17:36 am
  • It's a Fact

    Jeff Lorber, “Always There”

    from It's a Fact

    Legacy Recordings - 1982

  • Time: May 22 - 11:21:35 am
  • Yellowjackets

    Yellowjackets, “Rush Hour”

    from Yellowjackets

    Warner Records - 1988

  • Time: May 22 - 11:26:35 am
  • Two of a Kind

    Bob James & Earl Klugh, “Whiplash”

    from Two of a Kind

    Blue Note Records - 1982

  • Time: May 22 - 11:32:19 am
  • Rainbow Seeker

    Joe Sample, “There Are Many Stops Along the Way”

    from Rainbow Seeker

    Blue Thumb - 1978

  • Time: May 22 - 11:39:49 am
  • Pieces of a Dream

    Pieces of a Dream, “Steady Glide”

    from Pieces of a Dream

    Rhino/Elektra - 1981

  • Time: May 22 - 11:42:27 am
  • In Flight

    George Benson, “Valdez In the Country”

    from In Flight

    Rhino/Warner Records - 1976

  • Time: May 22 - 11:46:35 am
  • Fourplay

    Fourplay, “Bali Run”

    from Fourplay

    evosound - 1991

  • Time: May 22 - 11:51:43 am
  • Harlequin

    Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour, “Early A.M. Attitude”

    from Harlequin

    Verve Reissues - 1985

  • Time: May 22 - 11:56:39 am
  • Magic Fingers

    Chuck Loeb, “The Mission”

    from Magic Fingers

    DMP - 1990

  • Time: May 22 - 12:02:14 pm
  • Welcome to the St. James' Club

    The Rippingtons, “Tropic of Capricorn (feat. Russ Freeman)”

    from Welcome to the St. James' Club

    GRP - 1990

  • Time: May 22 - 12:08:03 pm
  • Brazilian Love Affair (Expanded Edition)

    George Duke, “Sugar Loaf Mountain”

    from Brazilian Love Affair (Expanded Edition)

    Legacy Recordings - 1979

  • Time: May 22 - 12:10:39 pm
  • Hard-Wired

    Dave Weckl, “Dis' Place This”

    from Hard-Wired

    GRP - 1994

  • Time: May 22 - 12:17:15 pm
  • Atlantis

    Wayne Shorter, “Endangered Species”

    from Atlantis

    Columbia/Legacy - 1985

  • Time: May 22 - 12:21:47 pm
  • Chick Corea Elektric Band II, “CTA”

    from Paint The World

    GRP - 1993

  • Time: May 22 - 12:27:24 pm
  • Dis Is da Drum

    Herbie Hancock, “Hump”

    from Dis Is da Drum

    Verve Reissues - 2015

  • Time: May 22 - 12:32:35 pm
  • Urban Knights

    Urban Knights, “On the Radio”

    from Urban Knights

    GRP - 1995

  • Time: May 22 - 12:37:08 pm
  • Stone Blue (feat. Joyous Lake)

    Pat Martino & Joyous Lake, “Mac Tough (feat. Joyous Lake)”

    from Stone Blue (feat. Joyous Lake)

    Blue Note Records - 1998

  • Time: May 22 - 12:43:36 pm
  • A River In the Desert

    Paul Jackson Jr., “It's a Start”

    from A River In the Desert

    Rhino Atlantic - 1993

  • Time: May 22 - 12:48:21 pm
  • Mark Whitfield, “Washington Square Throughfare”

    from 7th Ave. Stroll

    Polydor - 1995

  • Time: May 22 - 12:54:07 pm
  • The Reflections, “Morning Dance”

    from Reflections

    Self Release - 2000

    Dream Girl Radio / EXT SRC    May 22nd, 2024

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