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Pop merger and smooth jazz

Pop merger and smooth jazz
The vocalist Al Jarreau in North Sea Jazz Festival.
In the middle of the decade of the soul jazz and the jazz of merger experienced a turn towards areas more commercial that it had like protagonists to out-standing jazz musicians like George Benson. Benson had initiated its career as guitarist next to the organist Jack McDuff, in, and after having registered a series of acclaimed discs in the tradition bop it was located, from middle of the decade of, like a commercial phenomenon with albumes like Breezin or Give me the Night, in which it was giving priority to its facet as singer. Chuck Mangione, from a similar perspective, specialized in orchestral ballads that were integrating to equal parts elements bebop with light melodies inspired by the most commercial pop, inaugurating on discs as Bellavia or chase the Clouds Away the sound typical of what then would be known like smooth jazz. The Jarreau had been begun by a promising career as singer of jazz with We Got By, but soon it derived towards the ballads interpretation soul and jazz – pop of more commercial nature (Jarreau, ).

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