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I know most of you guys can't stand smooth jazz anyway, and I'm using a double standard here 'cuz I like to play smooth jazz. But smooth jazz trumpet??? Whenever I hear it on the radio it almost makes me angry, because here's some trumpet player trying to cash in and fool people with some smooth jazz. The trumpet is at its best when it's screaming or even when it's muted, but playing some "real" jazz and latin jazz. It has a very brash quality in its tone. The beautiful thing about the saxophone is that it is the closest thing to the human voice. You can literally make a sax sing and do just about everything a singer could do except say words. The trumpet's fundamental sound is ugly compared to the saxophone, it's not meant to "sing." When I hear smooth jazz trumpet playing overly simplistic lines it sounds like garbage. The same simple lines could sound really beautiful on a saxophone, but on a trumpet, it's just not meant to be.