If you want to revel in lovely timbres, and a relaxed feel, I recommend Stan Getz "The Lost Sessions".
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****So I looking for more smoothe jazz styles for now.****
Dave Sanborn: "Another Hand". He created the "smooth jazz" alto sound. One of his most interesting recordings.
Michael Franks: "Barefoot On The Beach". Typical relaxed, catchy Franks tunes featuring just about every leading "smooth jazz" saxophone player on the scene. Brecker, Sanborn, Mann, Snitzer...
**** I do enjoy more straight ahead Jazz, but want to try a couple of albums with a more relaxed feel.****
Cannonball Adderly "With Strings". Fantastic.
Paul Desmond "My Funny Valentine". Smoothest alto sound, ever.
Clifford Brown "With Strings". Incredibly beautiful trumpet ballad playing.
Miles Davis "Plays For Lovers". Great compilation from the master.
****Are Botti and Kenny a good place to start?****
Well, if you want music with some meat-on-the-bones, any of the above has far more than anything ever done by either Botti or Kenny.
****Is trumpet,alto sax, and symbols , the best instruments to test the highs of my Raal tweeter?****
ANY instrument is good to test highs of a tweeter. You just have to know what a real instrument sounds like. Go hear a live trumpet, sax, or drum kit somewhere in order to establish a meaningful reference (live show, college band/orchestra).
Thank you Frogman for your detailed response. Much appreciated!
I own a bunch of Sandborn cd's, and there are a few tracks that I use as a reference cd.
I will look into your suggestions. I think I will start with the Paul Desmond and Clifford Brown cds.
I am very lucky to have seen a ton of live shows since 1980.(hundreds)
Just for a reference I have saw about 75 Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band shows. I even got too see Jerry and David Grisman on Broadway. John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins and the Icebreakers, to Ricky lee Jones and Joan Armatrading,Toots Thielemans and Chuck Mangione.etc... (Symphonies and Operas too) So I think I have a very good reference for live music. Of course I continue to see live music as much as possible.
I'm going to Damien Jurado tomorrow evening. (an awesome singer song-writer)
Kenny G's just pure lullybuys. I'd call his music 'rectangular' with no unordinary shapes.
Chris Botti's the best before getting laid. He's great trumpeter.
From the today's trumpeters I give my preference to Roy Hargrove -- the REAL JAZZ. Recently deceased Michael Brecker was a true genius of the saxophone.
Try 'Musician' by Ernie Watts. Probably my all time smooth jazz alto sax album since it was released 25 years ago. The CD version was just released on Wounded Bird records. 'One Love' is one of my favorite instrumentals. The CD 'Sanctuary' is good, as well.
Thanks for all of the great recommendations.
I forgot a fantastic trumpeter, local legend and an international star, named Sean Jones. He has many fantastic albums that can be found on Spotify. He used to play every week in club here in Pittsburgh. I saw him play there once , I remember thinking I am witnessing a real genius. I have never heard any intrument sound that good live. He has played with one of the Marsalis brothers for a year, plays in Carnegie Hall, with the Pittsburgh Sypmphony etc. He is the REAL deal!!
How about soprano sax players?
... i'll butt in on Marakanetz again...The music on Johnston's recordings usually wouldn't lead you to key in on one instrument... I kind of forgot that he primarily plays soprano sax, (often one of my least favorite woodwinds). In terms of putting things together he's up there w/ Wayne Horvitz and Mario Pavone. Pretty much all his stuff is well recorded. I really like the Big Trouble releases, (especially Flood At The Ant Farm).
Mark Isham is as relaxed and mellow a trumpeter as I can imagine, but he is real jazz not smooth jazz, IMHO! He is not challenging jazz either, so anyone who thinks jazz has to run the "unsophisticated listener" out of the room to be good stay away!
I only have 2 of his albums though, Blue Sun and Afterglow. Afterglow is a soundtrack. He does a lot of soundtracks. He also played with Van Morrison during his spiritual, ethereal period.
I'd start with Blue Sun and if you like that explore further.
Two somewhat lesser known recordings that come to mind.
Frank Morgan - Listen to the Dawn - beautifully recorded on Verve in early 90's - much of it duets with Kenny Burrell.
Helen Merrill - Brownie: A Tribute to Clifford Brown - also recorded in 90's on Verve. Helen Merrill singing with a stunning trumpet choir consisting of Roy Hargrove, Lew Soloff, Wallance Roney and Tom Harrel - a unique and beautiful sound and stupendous recording.