"Eugene’s individual style of playing, combined with the unique sound of his guitar and fresh approach to musical compositions, makes his music stand out from the crowd" (Time Out).

What is Smooth Jazz:

Smooth Jazz is a combination of instrumental virtuosity of jazz improvisation and modern electronic elements.

Smooth Jazz is a sub-genre of Jazz which is influenced by pop, rock, Latin, R&B and other styles of contemporary music.

It strarted its development in the late 1970s by jazz musicians who were looking for a new, fresh and more modern sound than traditional mainstream Jazz.

In the last ten years Smooth Jazz has become a very popular style of music, and has established itself as a new and exciting genre of music.

Similar styles: Nu Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Acid Jazz.


Once upon a time, I heard some music in my head. Music that was very inspiring, happy and romantic, and made me feel good. I could hear the bright sound of guitar, playing smooth melodies combined with funky grooves. So, I went to the shop to find it....

After spending hours of listening to many CDs, I suddenly realized that this music does not exist. It only exists in my head. The next day I went to my studio, and started recording it. Soon I had a CD of the music that I was looking for. I called it "Wonder Groove".

But that was just the beginning. As more and more smooth and groovy melodies were coming to me, another album "Magenta Green" emerged, shortly followed by "Just A Hint" and "Floating Town".

Now, when I need inspiration, or just sit back and relax, I click a button on my iTunes player and... feel good.

I invite you to join me on this wonderful and exciting journey where Smooth Jazz brings together not just different styles of music, but also people's hearts.

"Just A Hint" is one of the freshest and brightest new recordings to come along in some time, from guitarist Eugene Kulikov. The Russian-born recording artist covers a wide variety of genres that make up the mix of music known as ‘Smooth Jazz,’ including Latin rhythms, Chill Out grooves and Contemporary Jazz.

The new Smooth Jazz album, JUST A HINT is jammed-packed with 12 new tracks… all brimming with heartfelt melody and rhythmic excitement. We are elated about what is soon to be an illustrious career in the world of Nu Jazz for this soulful composer and producer!

(Sandy Shore -

Guitarist Eugene K has one of the hottest releases out called "Just A Hint" and we feature the laid back '"Blue Sunset" which sounds like a cross between Lee Ritenour and Lawson Rollins.

(Jazz Net 247 Radio)

I am very impresed with this album. "Wonder Groove" caught my attention right away. congrats to Eugene.

(Leo Ramirez, citr 101.9 fm)

Eugene K returns smooth jazz to its funky roots on new album "Wonder Groove".

Hailing from Great Britain, Eugene K returns smooth jazz to its ‘80s heyday on his new album "Wonder Groove". Instead of the colorless, saxophone-driven uniformity that the genre eventually succumbed to, Eugene K keeps its roots alive by remembering the urban rhythms that once glued its foundation. Smooth jazz is at its best when it leans toward fusion, injecting its hybrid of traditional and synthetic instrumentation with a funky backbeat.

In "Wonder Groove", Eugene K knits together patterns of acoustic guitar prettiness and electronic heartbeats. The opening cut, "On the Island," unites Eugene K's gunslinger mastery of unplugged riffing with a Latin pulse. His guitar playing takes on a personality all its own, seemingly climbing to the heavens as he really starts to jam. While "Ginger Flame" finds Eugene K back on land with a relaxed yet still engaging tone, he achieves liftoff again on "Potato Sky" and "Happy Mode" with insistent funk rhythms and bubbly synthesizers. "Spring Walk" even recalls the electro film scores of Harold Faltermeyer

For those unfamiliar with Eugene K's music, "Wonder Groove" provides an accessible, infectious introduction, brimming with his slick, sleek guitar moves and throbbing electronics.

Written by Robert Sutton for Jazz Corner.

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