Fusion Jazz

Led Bib – Umbrella Weather (2017)

Led Bib – Umbrella Weather (2017)

Led Bib is once again making their own statement about how to mash together jazz with rock with ‘Umbrella Weather.’ And as loose and randy as the music may be, it never loses its soul.

Richard Pinhas, Tatsuya Yoshida & Merzbow – Process & Reality (2016)

Richard Pinhas, Tatsuya Yoshida & Merzbow – Process & Reality (2016)

On the powerful and unrelenting ‘Process and Reality’, Yoshida’s thunderous drums provide the adrenaline as Pinhas and Merzbow supply the clinical soul.

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016)

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016)

Lush, attenuated and unpredictable soundscapes by looping and effects guitar masters make ‘Mu’ a major entry in the celebrated catalogs of both Pinhas and Cleveland.

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon was a seminal force in the birth of fusion, and also had a notable impact on rock.

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

The music from Happy Place’s ‘Northfield’ wouldn’t readily be described as cheerful, but it’s intended as a cathartic release, and that’s just what it achieves.

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Like the mythical phoenix bird that rises from the ashes, Azymuth has rebounded from a devastating blow. On ‘Fênix’, José Roberto Bertrami’s spirit lives on strong.

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

In the battle between the 1400’s and the 2000’s, art in the form of uniquely inspired music wins.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

If songs like Dr. MiNT’s “Down To One” isn’t where jazz is headed, then it’s probably going in the wrong direction.