Is there music that is half way between "smooth" or "contemporary" jazz and "hard" jazz or "cool" jazz such as bebop and atonal jazz? The reason I ask is that I find smooth jazz less and less satisfying but still find much of hard jazz unpleasant. So what I need is something more challenging than Foreplay and The Rippingtons, but less dissonant, dischordant and strident than groups and soloists are commonly categorized as jazz artists. I still like music that has at least a nodding acquaintance with melody. If I were to guess what I am aiming for, it would be in the class of the Pat Metheny Group or Stan Getz' bossa nova work. Are there any other groups or soloists who reside in about that range? I prefer jazz guitar (like Metheny) and jazz piano (like George Shearing) to other instruments. I know our many jazz experts here can help me out.