1. A general term that refers to the feeling of a musical performance, specifically to the feeling that all of the performers are performing in rhythmical and stylistic sync with one another. When a performance or an ensemble is "in a groove," all the performers are all playing in perfect sync and the music typically has a effortless and exciting sound.
  2. A general term that refers to the act of performing a musical style (waltz, foxtrot, swing, funk, etc...) on the drums (typically drum kit) that the rest of the ensemble can follow. To "lay down a groove" means to perform a specific style in a manner that provides no doubt in the minds of the other performers as to the beat of the music, and when a performance is "in a groove," one can hear a solid rhythmic underpinning to the performance of a composition by the rhythm section.

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