Can you, please tell me some pointers on how I can get that ultra smooth sound like Smooth Jazz Groove 5.
It is an interesting question you propose. Much in how I would answer would be based on your current experience and playing level.
Many things are involved. The most important thing is you and what you personally are hearing inside your "minds ear". What you hear yourself sounding like in your head depends on what and who, you are listening to, and feel are your favorite saxophone players. Those that inspire you and make you want to play the saxophone to begin with.
Listening and imitating them by playing along with their recordings helps you discover what they are doing. Listen to your favoring tracks over and over and you begin to hear it in your head even when the music is not playing. Tonal memory would be a good name for it. It may take several passes over a tune before you start finding the notes or your ear might lead there faster than think. Everyone is different and develops at their own pace so be patient, keep practicing and let your sound evolve naturally.
That is just the start, than you get into equipment, reeds mouthpieces type of horn etc. (See following posts)
The only other thing I can think of specifically to Groove #5 would be the groove's feel, a shuffle, 12/8 or triplet feel. The key there and in many other tunes of different rhythmic variations is to feel the rhythm internally as best you can, let the smallest denomination of time in that song, in this case the triplet, be the constant pulse going on in your body. Feel it as an internal dance expressing itself with your fingers instead of you feet as a dancer would do. Practice the scales in triplet variations with different tongue articulations. Check out "Time Awareness for All Musicians", by Peter Erskine. It may help you understand what I am referring to. And of course, a metronome helps to keep you in time at a regular tempo.
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