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Sneer if you must, but the simple fact is that smooth jazz hath charms to soothe the savage beast (if not the snobby music critic). At its best, it can offer the perfect combination of velvety, cake-like sonic textures, sweet melodicism and sturdy funk beats. If you’re looking for flights of virtuosic improvisatory fancy, you’ll want to consult the Young Lions or dig into your old vinyl collection, but let’s be honest: the average listener cares less about the solos than about the mood and the melodies, and smooth jazz provides both in spades. READ + HEAR MORE

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