The 1970s and early 1980s saw an explosion of bands that combined jazz and rock together, creating a style called jazz fusion. With its roots in R&B and funk, fusion was the gateway to swing and other forms of jazz for many. This style-piece has influences from Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Steely Dan. The pattern-based music is easier to learn than one might imagine. It’s a great entryway for late intermediate students who are interested in learning funk and fusion patterns.
Key: E minor
Mood: laid-back, yet upbeat and excited
Pedagogy: syncopation, accents, staccato, left hand bass patterns, pedal, dynamics.