Crossover jazz

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Crossover jazz is a genre of music that is rooted in jazz but aims for mainstream popularity. Crossover was popular in the early 1970s.[citation needed] Crossover jazz retains an emphasis on improvisation but attempts to make that improvisation commercially successful. A frequently cited example of crossover is the music of Eumir Deodato.[citation needed]


In the wake of jazz fusion's decline from popularity among jazz and rock fans in the mid-1970s, jazz artists who continued to seek wider audiences began incorporating a variety of popular sounds into their music, forming a group of accessible styles that became known as crossover jazz.

Deodato[1] got crossover hit single and album "Prelude" in 1972. And Bob James[2] released crossover song "Night on Bald Mountain". Influential saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. incorporated elements of pop music and Caribbean music into a sound based in hard bop, while singer Al Jarreau blurred the lines between jazz, pop, and soul. Other artists, such as The Rippingtons and Spyro Gyra, injected their pop-flavored instrumentals with Latin rhythms and electronic keyboards. Jamaican jazz band Jazz Jamica released reggae jazz album in 1994. They fused roots reggae rhythm with jazz harmonies and extended improvisation.

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