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The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz. Part 5

Nope. Not yet done with this series. However, we're taking a different turn here.

Unlike the past 4 installments of 'The Heart of Gospel. The Art of Jazz.' (all below) this one, and likely subsequent posts, will emphasize the gospel's message communicated in Smooth Jazz.

You know that smooth jazz sound: it could qualify for R&B, but with a greater focus on instrumentation usually featuring a saxophone, piano, electric keyboard, or guitar solo, and harmonies that are not limited to one key.

In essence, the theory is jazz- the sound is rhythm and blues- and in our case, the lyrics are the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So, I offer you seven of my favorite blends. They are not my top seven, but they are seven of my favorites.

The artists are listed in alphabetical order. For justice's sake, play each song in its entirety.

I hope they are a blessing to you like they are to me. Enjoy!

1. "It's a Matter of Love"- Anointed

2. "Life Worth Living"- Antonio Neal

3. "Everlasting Love"- Commissioned

4. "Grace"- Fred Hammond

5. "This Love"- Helen Baylor

6. "Thank You For Your Child"- Kirk Franklin

7. "Lord You're The One"- Ron Kenoly


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