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No one "plans" to be a smooth Jazz musician

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by burk48237, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
  2. Gab124

    Gab124 The path is greater than the destination Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    Can't stand smooth jazz, but I have learned that if the audience is in to it I can be happy playing many, many things I don't like (I have even played Southern Rock as of late as another extreme example;). And if I can make that kind of money doing it -- bring it on.
  3. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
    "Then you wake up from a daydream to find yourself sitting on top of a piano on a beach in the Caribbean, wearing a loose-fitting white shirt, with photographers all around you, and you don't have any idea how you got there."

    Funny. Thanks for sharing.
  4. dieselbass


    May 15, 2010
    Davis CA
  5. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    The only thing wrong with "smooth jazz" is that the production is too clean and poppy.
    Take the same musicians and same tunes and let them play the head then improvise in turn like a real jazz tune you would see what I mean. Also take the syrupy trebly pop filters and tone em down and it would sound like real jazz LMAO.
  6. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
  7. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Haha, that's gold.
  8. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Hahahaha. That's good.

    Really, though, smooth jazz CAN do harm. One time, for two weeks straight, I had the saxophone part from George Michael's "I'm Never Gonna Dance Again" stuck in my head. I was ripping the wood out of the expansion joints in this apartment complex pool deck and filling them with joint sealer and the office/clubhouse had a two hour loop of smooth jazz playing over the outdoor speakers nonstop. After a few days of it, that damn saxophone part got permanently embedded in my neurons. I can even hear it again now just by thinking of it. It will probably be there for the rest of the day.

    I'm probably going to have this condition for life.
  9. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose The Process IS the Reward!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    Back in the late 90's, we had a local station that played smooth jazz here in central ny. I had tons of fun rolling around in my lifted F-250 blasting those saucy slap licks and blooming fretless lines!

    The station changed to "modern country" and I had go back to my Yanni and Rippingtons cassettes.
  10. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    It's actually called Careless Whisper. :atoz:
  11. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    And that's a classic sax lick.
  12. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Well, I'll definitely never forget it because it's in there permanently.
  13. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    gotta love the Onion ... :bassist::D
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  15. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Don't worry about the subliminal messages in that music.

    "You will buy lots expensive cars and electronics on credit. You will vote Republican, you will procreate as much as possible and name all your chidren James no matter their gender."

    I have listned to Goerge Michaels for GET OUT! years and it hasn't SPIDERS, BIG BLACK HAIRY SPIDERS! affected me TAX AND SPEND! at all. Did someone say something?
  16. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Since when is playing 4/4 time to a looped drum track "jazz"?
  17. Somehow this helps me comprehend how one could conceive *human centipede*
  18. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    It's like tinnitis, only worse. You poor $#@!!!
  19. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  20. ZenG


    Dec 13, 2013
    Near the fridge
    Give me anything by Sade and I'll play along all day.....