Soul jazz / Funky jazz
Jimmy McGriff in Toronto.
Intimately related to the hard bop, a jazz style developed, perhaps more specially a way of touching jazz, based on the structures use blues in slow or average tempo, with one “beat” firm and supported, emotionally interpretive, that it happened in calling funky or, later, soul jazz A subgenre that was exhibiting Hammond B and its pioneers (Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith or Jimmy McGriff) like protagonists, and that was sinking also its roots in the musicians’ works like Horace Silver, Junior Mance, They McCann, Gene Harris, Ramsey Lewis or the singer and pianist Ray Charles.
Other outstanding figures of the genre were the organists Brother Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Charles Earland, Larry Young or Richard “Groove” Holmes; the guitarists Wes Montgomery and Grant Green; or the saxophonists Stanley Turrentine, Willis “Gator” Jackson, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, David “Fathead” Newman, Gene Ammons, Houston Person, Jimmy Forrest, King Curtis, Network Holloway, Eddie Harris and Hank Crawford.
In the first years of the decade of, stamps as CTI Records, they did of this style, already very evolved, sign of proper identity, obtaining important sales with some of its artists, as George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr. , Eumir Deodato or Johnny Hammond, who opened the way for the most commercial mergers that ended in the smooth jazz.