What a loss! I'm not a fan of contemporary jazz, but his style was the best. I don't know if it had a label, I think of it as "coffeehouse jazz". Several of my favorites are permanently on my MP3er. Blue Rondo a la Turk, Kathy's Waltz, Maori Blues and Take Five to name a few.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.