I was always under the impression that first smooth jazz recordings started happening in the late 1970's and into 1980s and onward. The other day while crate digging I bumped into Bill Evans and Eddie Gomes duet "Intuition", recorded in 1974. Got super excited (I adore Bill Evans), bought the LP and could not wait to get home and listen to it. Much to my disappointed, it sounded like smooth jazz. So that discovery made me rethink the timelines for smooth jazz. Are there any smooth jazz records earlier than 1974?