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Stanley Clarke/Smooth

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Smooth jazz is a popular style of jazz that enjoyed success as a radio format, starting in the 1960s. It pulls influences from pop, R&B, funk, and rock styles. With a great deal of importance being placed on the melody, artists such as Kenny G, Kirk Whalum, George Benson, and Spyro Gyra have effectively used the style to shape instantly catchy tunes.