I have been a fan of smooth jazz since college. That feels like years ago now. Oh yeah, it was a lot of years ago, I guess. Anyhoo, I remember when I started listening to smooth jazz. It was overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. Who should I listen to? Who are the great artists? Who should I avoid? I don't want to waste my time with lame artists, right? Obviously, the best thing to do is just to dive in and find what you like. But where do you start?
I got you covered. Here is a list of my 10 favorite smooth jazz pianists. I'll also include some key tracks and albums to start you out on your smooth jazz journey. So light a candle. Dim the lights. And get ready to groove with the best of the best!
Key Tracks: Soul Kisses, Manhattan, Blue Touch
Key Album: GK
Key Tracks: This Way That Way, Temple of Dreams, The Standard
Key Album: Diamonds
Key Tracks: Freedom at Midnight, Drive Time, Kei's Song
Key Album: Heroes
Key Tracks: On My Mind, You're My Music, Modern Life
Key Album: Dreams
Key Tracks: Sittin' Duck, Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong, Everything Happens To Me
Key Album: Gene Harris and The Three Sounds Live at the 'It Club'
Key Tracks: Summer Breeze, Stand Tall, I Wanna Be Where You Are
Key Album: Standing Tall
Key Tracks: Bali Run (Fourplay), 101 Eastbound (Fourplay), Since I Fell For You
Key Album: Fourplay
Key Tracks: Street Life (The Crusaders), Chain Reaction (The Crusaders), Spellbound
Key Album: Spellbound
Key Tracks: The "In" Crowd, So What You Wanna Do, I'll Always Dream About You
Key Album: The In Crowd
Key Tracks: Ain't Nobody, Grasshopper, Do What It Takes
Key Album: Kickin' It