check out the cd he made when he was 18. if playing with brecker isn't good enough for you, listen to him play sweet georgia brown. it's like listening to a reincarnated oscar peterson if you ask me. it's jazz.
Back to the original question, "what passes as "Jazz"? I think the general public classifies most instrumental acoustic music as jazz. Probably due in part to hearing the word "jazz" associated with artists who show up on smooth jazz radio, who have little or nothing to do with jazz.
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