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.
The Average White Band
The Brecker Brothers
Lonnie Liston Smith
The Mizell Brothers
Tom Scott & the L.A. Express