Jazz Fusion is a genre of music that combines jazz harmony, rock & roll, funk, and rhythm and blues. Fusion primarily uses electric and electronic instruments more commonly used in rock music. This gave jazz an even more unique sound. The word “fusion” stands for the mixture of all the different sounds.
This new exciting sound was developed in the 1960’s by Miles Davis. He was known for bebop and cool jazz during the 1940s and 1950s.
He changed the game when he combined his trumpet with electric instruments and utilized elements from funk and rock.
The combination of jazz and rock and roll took the genre to a new level. The popularity of rock brought in a new wave of fans while keeping the familiarity of jazz.
The intense and aggressive style of Jazz fusion lead to the invention of funk. This paved the way for artists like James Brown and Prince. The evolution of jazz continues to have a major effect on all of the genres we knoe today.
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