Fusion Jazz

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

The impromptu nature of this collaboration among free-jazz aces Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall and Tim Dahl makes ‘Luddite’ great.

Troker – Crimen Sonoro (2014)

Troker – Crimen Sonoro (2014)

‘Crimen Sonoro’ is a muscular, multicultural fusion jazz from the funky, metal/jazz/hip-hop/mariachi sextet out of Mexico.

Hippie Diktat – Black Peplum (2014)

Hippie Diktat – Black Peplum (2014)

Here is a review of ‘Black Peplum’ by the Paris-based jazzcore trio Hippie Diktat.

Bill Laswell, Chad Smith + Jon Batiste – The Process (2014)

Bill Laswell, Chad Smith + Jon Batiste – The Process (2014)

Here is a review of ‘The Process’ by Bill Laswell, Chad Smith and Jon Batiste, a meeting of the minds of master musicians who hadn’t previously met.

Ferenc Nemeth and Attila Laszlo [featuring the Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip + Russell Ferrante] – Bridges of Souls (2014)

Ferenc Nemeth and Attila Laszlo [featuring the Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip + Russell Ferrante] – Bridges of Souls (2014)

Here’s a review of ‘Bridges of Souls,’ a tasteful fusion excursion from Hungarian drum ace Ferenc Nemeth and Hugarian guitar ace Attila Laszlo.

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014)

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014)

Powered by the garage jazz-rock songs of Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery with the brash saxophone stylings of Kamasi Washington, Throttle Elevator Music is back with a second helping.

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.