The Hip-Hop Generation Discovers 'Fusion' Jazz

In the 1970s, vibraphonist Roy Ayers began mixing funky elements of rhythm and blues with jazz, and almost single-handedly created a "fusion" style of music that caught the ear of the post-hippie generation. Day to Day commentator and music writer David Was says Ayers influenced a new generation of musicians: hip-hop artists who are sampling his music to craft modern hits.

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