Fusion Jazz

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

We review ‘Blues and Daily News’ by Ross Hammond and Grant Calvin Weston, a creative guitar/drums improv record.

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

‘Etymology’ by Burnt Belief, featuring Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin and Jon Durant, is as good as you can get with downtempo music.

Rob Mazurek + Black Cube SP – Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost (2014)

Rob Mazurek + Black Cube SP – Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost (2014)

Rob Mazurek pours his heart out with a very sympathetic squad from Brazil for this paean to his mother.

Aram Bajakian + Julia Úlehla – Dálava (2014)

Aram Bajakian + Julia Úlehla – Dálava (2014)

Aram Bajakian and Julia Úlehla have combined the richness of the old music of Moravia with the freshness and boldness of the new like no one else has done before with the ethnic music of Central and Estern Europe..

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Worker (2014)

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Worker (2014)

A thinking man’s garage band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey unveils ‘Worker,’ suggesting that at twenty years old, this endeavor is nowhere near the end.

The Cellar and Point – Ambit (2014)

The Cellar and Point – Ambit (2014)

Once again, the Cellar and Point puts disparate classical/jazz/rock/experimental elements together into a consistent, connected whole.

Anthony Pirog Trio – Palo Colorado Dream (2014)

Anthony Pirog Trio – Palo Colorado Dream (2014)

A record that’s equally capable of enchanting you and pummeling you with many shades of aura in between, ‘Palo Colorado Dream’ catapults Anthony Pirog into the corps of elite experimental guitarists.

Stanley Clarke + Stewart Copeland, Jimmy Herring, Joe Walsh, others – Up (2014)

Stanley Clarke + Stewart Copeland, Jimmy Herring, Joe Walsh, others – Up (2014)

A welcome return to fusion, ‘Up’ finds Stanley Clarke going back to his genre-defying ways.

Bryan Murray, “Lundblam!” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Bryan Murray, “Lundblam!” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Bryan Murray creates a scary hip-hop/out-jazz Frankenstein that points ahead to an interesting new direction for this intensely creative saxophonist.