Soul in jazz. Of course, would be my answer even if it wasn’t being questioned. If you create you infuse with soul. Whether the creativity is direct composition or interpretation and improvisation it‘s still about the soul.
The interpreting and improvising artist builds on a musical framework that sometimes seems simple but always complex. Improvisation is not always about flashy dexterity, it can be as simple as the bending of a note to trigger and musically represent an emotion.
If groovy is an emotion then soul jazz artist Mike LeDonne’s artistry is being a master of that emotional musical adventure. If you’re someone who takes music with you wherever you go, take some Mike LeDonne along and, like a gas company used to say years ago about putting a tiger in your tank, put a little swagger in your step.