Jazz-Funk

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An Attempt to Explain

A subgenre of Jazz, characterized by a strong back beat (groove), electrified sounds and an early prevalence of analog synthesizers.

The integration of Funk, Soul, and R 'n' B music and styles into Jazz resulted in the creation of a genre whose spectrum is quite wide and ranges from strong Jazz improvisation to Soul, Funk or Disco with Jazz arrangements, Jazz riffs, and Jazz solos, and sometimes Soul vocals.

Jazz-Funk is primarily an American genre, where it was popular throughout the 1970s and the early 1980s, but it also achieved noted appeal on the club-circuit in England during the mid-1970s. Similar genres include Soul, Jazz and Jazz Fusion, but neither entirely overlap with Jazz-Funk. Notably Jazz-Funk is less vocal, more arranged and featured more improvisation than Soul Jazz, and retains a strong feel of groove and R 'n' B versus some of the Jazz Fusion production.

Some Artists

A-D

The Average White Band

Azymuth

Billy Cobham

The Brecker Brothers

Camera Soul

Charles Earland

Courtney Pine

Donald Byrd

E-H

Eddie Henderson

Freddie Hubbard

Funky Knuckles

Galactic

George Benson

George Duke

Gong

The Headhunters

I-M

Incognito

Jaco Pastorius

Jimmy Smith

John Scofield

Lonnie Liston Smith

Marcus Miller

The Mizell Brothers

P-Z

Prince

Ronnie Laws

Roy Ayers

Stanley Clarke

Tom Scott & the L.A. Express