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.