Smooth Jazz Sunday: After Hours

Today for Smooth Jazz Sunday, I’ve picked the theme of “After Hours.” I’ve found eight songs that share the title “After Hours,” but none of them are the same. But I think they all share a similar kind of mood. Whether after hours means after work, after nightfall, or after midnight, or even after that, you can use your imagination as to what after hours may or may not be. For me, they are all smooth grooves that you can rest your mind to.

A few notes on the songs chosen: most of them come from the 1990s, though one version dates back to the sixties, and a couple are from the 2000s. They feature saxophonists, guitarists, and a pianist. One version is from an artist who may be the biggest selling smooth jazz artist of all time. One is from one of the great legends of popular music. One is from an artist who tragically passed away almost twenty years ago, in the prime of his career.

The artists involved in today’s post are (in song order): Art Porter, saxophonist (the one who passed away in his prime); Spyro Gyra (still going strong for over 30 years); Brian Culbertson (one of the biggest smooth jazz stars today); Joyce Cooling (female guitarist who had a string of hits in the style from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s); Ronny Jordan (a leader in the “acid jazz” movement of the 1990s, also passed away far too soon); the great Quincy Jones (leading his orchestra through a bluesy “After Hours”); Paul Taylor (another current star in the style); and Kenny G (that biggest selling artist).

Take in these visions of “After Hours” by these artists, and have a great Sunday. As always, thanks for reading and listening.

 

36 Replies to “Smooth Jazz Sunday: After Hours”

  1. Hello Tracy. I must say that when I saw your title, I immediately thought of the Ronny Jordan version because that was such a favourite for me in its day. I had the original cassette and I can think of some memories I associate with the song.

    I was not aware that there were so many other versions. As you say, they each bring a different mood with them. I can definitely picture a scene in a Bluesy nightclub with someone hanging onto his drink when the bartender wants to close the bar (Quincy’s version)πŸ˜€
    I like the vibe in the Spyro Gyro version.
    There is also a Hank Crawford version which I can’t find on the web but it’s probably more jazz than smooth but great for after the party in the wee hours of the morning.

    I also have this version which might be less known but I like it too. Thanks for a great post Tracy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJSI4QffJ_M

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    1. Chevvy, your song choice is excellent. I had actually never heard this one before; if I had I would have added it to the list.

      There were actually a few more that I could have added, but I thought these eight were good enough for what I wanted. I love the scene you describe with Quincy’s version; I picture the piano player having a ball on those keys while waiting for the place to shut down. I just recently saw the movie La La Land and it’s his version that reminds me of parts of that movie.

      I’m also loving (as usual), the back and forth between two of my favorite blog sisters…y’all have no idea how much it entertains me to listen to you two go back and forth. And when I began the idea for this post, it was Ronny Jordan’s “After Hours” that started me on this path. It is my favorite of all of these, though I dearly love Art Porter’s take also.

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      1. Oh it’s so good to hear from you Tracy. I still have lots of catching up to do but had a good break last week. Unfortunately,I couldn’t open the Art Porter one, but found a shorter version on the net and it sounded great.

        Well I’m glad you joined our solidarity party on Ronny Jordan – he is definitely my number 1 choice. Pity, I couldn’t find the Hank Crawford one for you to hear what I hear in that song.πŸ˜€

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      2. As it happens, I think I found Crawford’s version. Is it the one found on the album After Hours? If it is, I’m listening to it right now.

        So sorry you couldn’t hear the Art Porter, but it is one of my favorites of his.

        As always, it’s so good to hear from you; I love hearing your opinion on my choices :). Glad you had a good break and are rested and ready for more fun and frivolity πŸ™‚

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      3. Ah!, I’ve just realised that the song I was listening to was “Who can I turn to?” from the After Hours Album. His After Hours is very Jazzy.
        Fun and Frivolity hahahaha LOL!

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      4. I’m going to use a very South African expression: “Eish!” It’s generally used when you hold your head in your hands completely at a loss what to do or when something terrible has happened. So with the weight of the world out there, we reserve our music space for fun and frivolity πŸ˜€ and as the slogan goes for one of our major soccer teams – Love and Peace!

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  2. Joyce Cooling’s guitar work reminded me very much of George Benson’s Breezy. I love acid jazz so Jordan’s joint was pretty on point for me-light sort of funky. Quincy Jones very old school from the 60’s but I do dig traditional jazz. Good choices, T. Wayne!

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    1. Thanks Susan! I’m not sure what’s going on with Joyce Cooling these days, but I haven’t seen any new music from her in years. She apparently did some recording last summer, but I haven’t seen anything from that yet.

      Ronny Jordan apparently is getting all the votes; his is a great song and was his breakout hit. Quincy’s is getting some mention too; it’s got that old school bluesy vibe, like in a smoky club or a bar, as I’ve heard someone describe it.

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  3. Love the variety… so many different takes on the same song. Weirdly, I addressed the same phenomenon today in my own blog, how a poetry prompt elicits so much variety in the finished pieces, all as unique as snowflakes. Thanks, T Wayne. Great minds must be thinking alike, I guess. πŸ™‚

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    1. I do miss Art Porter. I had all of his albums before his passing. I think he was a major talent.

      You’re very welcome, so glad you liked the tunes and thanks for the comment!

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