Here are two nominations from the smooth jazz genre: Chris Botti's Thousand Kisses Deep and Jeff Golub's Do It Again. If you like these, there's a lot more.
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For me every jazz is relaxing:
Anthony Braxxton, Evan Parker, Huegh Hopper, Keith Tippett(if you know what I mean) FZ's "Uncle Meat"
May also dig on:
Another Cris Botti's "Night Sessions";
Basia "The Sweetest Illusion" and "Time and Tide";
Steely Dan "Gaucho", "Aja" and the new "Everything Must Go".
Sade "Smooth Operator"
I relax to a couple of CDs from Claude Bolling and Jean-Pierre Rampal named "Picnic Suite" and "Suite for Flute & Jazz Piano Trio No. 2". These are two terrific CDs full of flute and piano, just super melodies. Just go to Amazon and search for these and play the first track from each... you'll see what I mean. Anyone else own these, or know of these musicians?
Thanks to you all! I just forgot to mention that I prefer no vocal (not at all, but in this topic), just acoustic.
Marakanetz, I liked your comment. :) Though you like any jazz, I think it's still possible to narrow the results by the criteras provided, not everybode relaxes from just any jazz, some of it may be quite energizing, some nervous... Emotions in music are not always positive...
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