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The idea is that three musicians formed a group "taking advantage of" the success of the new rhythm. But it should not be perceived as negative.

Would "they embrace the success of the new rhythm and formed a group"

or

"they seized the success of the new rhythm and formed a group" be correct?

  • Hitch one's wagon to is the usual expression. He hitched his wagon to a winner can refer to business, political, or social success reflected on some hanger-on. – John Lawler Mar 1 at 17:13
  • could I use then "they hitched their wagon to the success of the new rhythm..."? and is it a slang or I can use it in academic writings? – Peakles Mar 1 at 17:20
  • You hitch your wagon to the new rhythm. If it succeeds, so do you. Otherwise, you lose a wheel in the ditch. It's a metaphor. – John Lawler Mar 1 at 17:27
  • "Build on" is often used in such cases. "They built on the success of the new rhythm ..." (Though it fits that context a little less well than some others.) – Hot Licks Mar 1 at 17:47
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    Both seized and embraced seem correct; also, leveraged, adopted, took up, ... – jeff schneider Mar 1 at 18:37
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As in:

"They rode the success of X (the new rhythm/musical genre) and formed Y (a band or musical group)."

to ride - figurative semse Oxford

figurative: be carried or supported by (something moving with great momentum)

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