Sunday Smooth Jazz: Sunday Mix #9 (Riviera Paradise)

Today’s Smooth Jazz mix was inspired by hearing “Riviera Paradise” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. While hearing the song during the week on satellite radio, I was unaware who the artist was. When I saw that it was a Stevie Ray Vaughan track, I was intrigued. I knew a little about his music, but I thought it was more blues and rock based, and didn’t feature much in the way of contemporary jazz. I also knew he was a great guitar player, but never knew how that played into a track like “Riviera Paradise.”

I loved the song so much that I made it one of the centerpieces of this mix. I paired it with Stanley Clarke’s “East River Drive,” one of my favorites by the jazz bassist. Clarke at that point had been doing a lot of film scoring, most notably for John Singleton’s movies Boyz N The Hood and Poetic Justice. The album today’s track is contained on, also called East River Drive, contains themes from both of those movies; but it’s this track that has stuck with me over the years. I think it makes a great companion piece with Vaughan’s, and have put them in the center of the playlist, back to back.

As always, I’ve listed the songs in today’s playlist in case you are unable to hear any of the songs.

This week’s mix:

  1. “Easy Street” by Eric Marienthal
  2. “Ocean Parkway” by Spyro Gyra
  3. “Backstreet” by David Sanborn
  4. “Greene Street” by Grover Washington, Jr.
  5. “Ferry Avenue” by MFSB
  6. “7th Avenue South” by Jonathan Butler
  7. “Riviera Paradise” by Stevie Ray Vaughan
  8. “East River Drive” by Stanley Clarke
  9. “Bleecker Street” by Boney James
  10. “Fullerton Ave.” by Brian Culbertson
  11. “Pacific Coast Highway” by Nils
  12. “Columbus Ave” by Jeff Lorber featuring Art Porter
  13. “Lake Shore Drive” by Art Porter
  14. “101 Eastbound” by Fourplay

A running theme among the other songs included here include titles that refer to roadways. Streets, highways, roads and avenues are all included in the titles. Some of the artists are familiar to those who follow my blog and Smooth Jazz Sundays in particular, but I have a few newcomers, such as Eric Marienthal and Nils.

The Spotify version of the mix is featured here, for those who use the service:

I hope you enjoy today’s smooth jazz mix, and as always thanks for reading and listening.

19 Replies to “Sunday Smooth Jazz: Sunday Mix #9 (Riviera Paradise)”

  1. Hey Mr …
    I haven’t seen you in awhile …mainly my fault…but wanted to stop in and say a hello and hope that this Sunday is treating you good…
    I love me some SRV…
    I am listening to your playlist on Spotify and so enjoying this…
    I use Spotify 2…but I have no list really lol… I should organize it lol… anyways here is to a great Sunday my dear friend…
    Huggggs n love
    Suzette

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      1. aww thank you for the follow…
        it is great to see you as well…
        yeah things not to bad but bad enough olol… our oven went out last night the lil fucker lol…in my book it can stay broke…and not getting another one…this is at dads home where i am still at…grrrrr lmao… still getting the run around from so called drs…same ol shitt just another day but I hang in there…
        How was your Easter ???

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      2. Easter was nice…had dinner with my mom, but other than that was quiet.

        Yes, you hang in there!!! Sorry about the oven though…and I hope things turn for the better with the doctors!

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    1. I can’t believe that I had never heard that song before! I knew a few things he had done, but wasn’t closely following his career. Thanks for telling me he couldn’t read music, I didn’t know that! One of the greats, for sure.

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      1. There’s a large catalog, for sure. Then he did a bunch of stuff with other guys too. Relatively short career, unfortunately, but prolific. Arguably top 5 on the best guitarists list, in my opinion.

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  2. What a neat idea, like Sunday jazz on a Sunday drive! (Watch out for slow, old people with their blinker still on from 3 miles ago…) I see Boney James in there again, he must have been very influential in your jazz experience. Will be playing it beginning to end in a little while. Thanks, T Wayne! 🙂

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  3. OOh! this is GREAT playlist. Must say that the MSFB is growing on me. I think everything on this playlist is cool but I agree on your special mention of Reviera Paradise and while I’ve heard other versions of East River Drive, the Stanley Clarke version is pumping.
    BTW, I have a double CD Pacific Highway which was compiled by the old UK Jazz FM. Thought I’d add the the title song Pacific Highway by Marc Antoine to your list in keeping with the road theme. Listen and tell me if it doesn’t get you chair dancing or just het on the floor why don’t you?

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    1. Love this song, Chevvy, and yes, it certainly makes me chair dance at the very least! There were quite a few “Pacific Coast Highway” songs to choose from; I chose Nils because I found that one first. I also tried not to repeat song titles or have the same song done by two other people. I also included your homeboy again this week…it had been a long, long time since I heard the song I included on this mix.

      Glad that you enjoyed this one too!

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