I first heard AA on the radio via their first two American releases (Red Dust & Spanish Lace and Natural Elements). I was also at a concert when they were on tour in support of "Reference Point." I had a second row center seat at the show & I have to say the performance was outstanding. There was not one bad song throughout the show. I've been a fan ever since. It's great that the band is still performing under the leadership of Greg Carmichael, especially taking into account that founder Nick Webb has passed on.
А по-моему таким и должен быть smooth jazz, - расслабляющим, глубоко трогающим сердце. Навести в душе смуту в музыкальном плане задача намного более простая, чем привести её в гармонию. А эти ребята прекрасно, что называется, играют на струнах самой души.
Haha I know how I picked up on them. One time I planned on organizing a cool poker night. I downloaded a few packs with tags as "poker music" and "smooth jazz". As a result we played one certain pack the whole night for several hours. There was one track in particular that we listened to. That track, people, was called "Playing for Time".
I can't remember how I picked up on AA. But I'm glad I did. I listen to their music whenever I don't want to be distracted or when I just want to relax. In the first case I can let the work be in the background. In the second case it's interesting to listen how they blend the instruments to make the harmonies and rhythms support the melodies. The music is more complex than you might think.