The Hippie Era

In England, the line between jazz and rock was a thin one: both forms verged close to rhythm and blues as well as the blues revival. Various future jazz players and rock stars all received their training in Alexis  Korner's or Graham Bond's groups. 'Progressive rock' and avant-garde jazz ran on parallel tracks at the end of the decade, and such groups as Soft Machine left a mark entire generations of musicians and listeners.

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Alexis Korner (standing)

In the United States white rock groups such as Blood, Sweat and Tears and Chicago featured rhythm-and-blues sections.

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The Rolling Stones, 1969
Many jazz musicians were concerned about the rise of rock. Charles Lloyd, accompanied by Keith Jarrett, for one, was successful in adapting a Coltranian feeling to the melodic ingenuity of the 'folk revival' and Beatles songs - all against the background of a light show. With Cannonball Adderley, in a context oriented more toward the black roots of rhythm and blues, others experimented with the electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes and Leo Fender.

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Fender Rhodes Electric Piano


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