The Numbing Effects Of Smooth Jazz
A seductive and hypnotic mellow instrumental compilation, infused with the full expressive sapphire pursing of the cords. Persuasive allures, employing subliminal penetrating alpha, delta and theta rhythm waves; affirming the audience captive to a copious array of advantages. Genuine halcyon well-being benefits have the profound magnetic effect upon the listener. Sounds great- right?
In other words- this music will most likely send you into early catatonia immersed deep beneath the influence of its initial charm, with a hidden agenda awaiting to be discovered. Attributes in the creation of Smooth Jazz, not only lead to health and mental issues, but an infinite flow of perpetual destructive notes that rely on smooth, sleek, effortless, and easy to digest soundscapes to further weaken the human spirit. With the advent of giant shopping malls that began to pop-up all over western America in the 1960’s, the boundless application within a plethora of non-stop visitors allowed the innovation of a type of music that was developed to resemble an easy listening radio station. Top pop songs of the day were quickly produced under the title of Musak, a company formed in the early 1930’s.
While this music was similar to actual songs, the tempo and design and methodology of the music structure was intended to induce relaxation and was acutely responsible for the reduction of stress. Listeners in some cases can lower their blood pressure by up to 30%, an approximate equivalent to having lost 10 lbs in the process! A prominent jazz artist once openly proclaimed, significant healing benefits await anyone exposed to this brand of music. Though they are still looking for that Jazz artist to admit it helped them. Perhaps for this reason, the broad use of theta beats in many preschool productions, were the low end of many smooth Jazz drums beats. On a scientific note: theta waves promote creativity, focus, memory rejuvenation, acceleration of energy and achieves mind and mood altering capabilities.
Enter the Smooth Jazz era
The presence of smooth jazz, whether supported by health and wellness, or business factors were quick to reinvent the wheel after radio stations in the late 1960’s and early 70’s decided to change their listening format from more aggressive rock n roll songs of the day to more of an overt easy listening format that was being pushed by many advertisers of that day. Imagine a radio commercial for a popular brand of coffee, let’s say: Hills Brothers deciding that the radio listener should hear easy listening music before hearing their paid advert message… Hmmmm, does that sound right to you? The expressed subtle allure of enticing accompanied voices, absorb in an endorsement of mind control that was openly known and despised. Unlike the initial artist who were heavily involved with the start of what was a mixture of Jazz fusion without the element of Jazz improvisation and a bit of pop to finish off the blend.
Original jazz players such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, held a fixed place in the world of Jazz, however the lackluster efforts of Diana Krall, Sade, and the posterchild of blandness- Kenny G’s saxophone are all testimonials to music that forever holds a dark stain of the 80’s and 90’s smooth jazz music scene. Most will never admit to being a smooth jazz fan, however denial is both the allure experienced by smooth jazz, and is further noted as a denial in itself. The irresistible charming music structure that claims to alter both the mind and body, are permanently sculpted into our society.