To which sub-genre of jazz belongs Ed Motta’s Dondi?

Is it pop jazz? Smooth jazz? Or anything else?

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    It's probably more in the side of soul, funk, and r&b. Doesn't sound very jazzy to me.
    – NPN328
    May 27, 2015 at 16:59
  • There is only two genres in music: Good music and Bad Music. Everything in between is indexation to cd stores and there is no meaning to us listeners.
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    Aug 11, 2016 at 18:50

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This is jazz-funk, a combination of a laid-back jazz sensibility with a funk instrumentation and groove. It's quite distant from traditional jazz.

Jazz-funk is a subgenre of jazz music characterized by a strong back beat (groove), electrified sounds and an early prevalence of analog synthesizers. The integration of funk, soul, and R&B music and styles into jazz resulted in the creation of a genre whose spectrum is quite wide and ranges from strong jazz improvisation to soul, funk or disco with jazz arrangements, jazz riffs, and jazz solos, and sometimes soul vocals.

Compare these classic examples of the genre: Mizell Brothers Playlist, Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters


I'd describe it more as jazz-rock à la Steely Dan, combined with soul and MPB (Música popular brasileira). It's certainly jazz-tinged rather than jazz.

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