) was coined in the late 1990s
to refer to styles which combine jazz
textures and sometimes jazz instrumentation with electronic music
. Like the term electronica
nu jazz is a loosely defined umbrella musical style
. It ranges from the infusion of live instrumentation to house
beats of jazz house
exemplified by French
St Germaine and German
Jazzanova; to more band-based improvised jazz with electronic elements such as that of the British Cinematic Orchestra
, and the Norwegian future jazz
style pioneered by Bugge Wesseltoft.
Nu-jazz typically ventures farther into the electronic territory than does it's close cousin, acid jazz (or groove jazz), which is generally closer to earthier funk, soul and rhythm and blues, although releases from noted groove jazz artists such as the Groove Collective blur the distinction between the styles.
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