stylistic origins: Folk Rock, Blues-Rock, Jazz Fusion, Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Southern Rock, Country Rock, Bluegrass, Free Jazz
cultural origins: 1960s, United States
sub-genres: 4
artists listed: 446
albums: 1,311
tracks: 18,533
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Jam Bands

stylistic origins: Folk Rock, Blues-Rock, Jazz Fusion, Acid Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Southern Rock, Country Rock, Bluegrass, Free Jazz
cultural origins: 1960s, United States

Jam bands are musical groups whose albums and live performances relate to a fan culture which originated with the 1960s group Grateful Dead and continued in the 1990s with Phish and similar bands. The performances of these bands often feature extended musical improvisation ("jams") over rhythmic grooves and chord patterns, and long sets of music that cross genre boundaries.

While the seminal group Grateful Dead were originally categorised as psychedelic rock, by the 1990s, the term "jam band" was used for groups playing a variety of genres including funk, progressive bluegrass and jazz fusion. The term is also used for some groups playing blues, country music, folk music, world music and electronica.

The diverse genres and styles of the jam band scene are held together by a common musical approach – an emphasis on creative improvisation and live performance as opposed to structured, arranged live performances and planned studio recordings. Additionally, another common thread uniting all of the jam bands today is a common fan base of festival-goers and touring fans.

This description is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses materials from the Wikipedia article "Jam band".

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