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Soul-Jazz: Where Jazz, Blues And Gospel Meet

Jimmy Smith
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As a jazz subgenre, soul-jazz began to flourish in the early 1960s. A groove-oriented style built from the bottom up, soul-jazz usually begins with the bass player: You take a strong bass line, establish a steady groove between the bass and drums, and then embellish that groove with riffs and melody lines that draw heavily from gospel, blues and R&B. Here are five classic examples.

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This story originally ran Dec. 15, 2008.

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