- Steven F. Pond
A term used to describe an approach to jazz that pointedly includes elements from other idioms; it is also used to refer to a broad style of music that emerged in the mid-1960s and gained importance in the 1970s. Jazz-rock initially incorporated musical and cultural elements of jazz and the youth-oriented popular music of the time, which was itself dominated by rock, soul, and funk. “Jazz-rock” is closely associated with the term “fusion,” the two frequently mentioned as a compound term (“jazz-rock fusion”), although “fusion” has overtaken “jazz-rock” in usage. Rather than a singular style, fusion emerged as (and has continued to be) an approach to music making, in which jazz musicians adapted jazz’s recent stylistic past and adopted practices—and attracted participants and audiences—from outside jazz’s mainstream....