“Groove” is inclusive of various jazz styles ranging from the early 1960s to current musical trends such as Smooth or Contemporary jazz. The singular musical characteristic that ties these styles together is the importance of the underlying and continuous funky back beat-driven pulse. Included in this category may be elements of hard bop, soul jazz, R&B, funk, fusion, rap, and hip-hop.
The Jazz Crusaders
George Benson (pre – 1976)