Fusion Jazz

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Here is a review of Wayne Krantz’s cool fusion jazz rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

Bryan Murray – Balto! (2014)

Bryan Murray – Balto! (2014)

Bryan Murray’s nutty but endearing hip hop/jazz hybrid ‘Balto!’ is a homegrown concoction worth checking out.

Manu Katché,  “Pieces of Emotion” from Live In Concert (2015): One Track Mind

Manu Katché, “Pieces of Emotion” from Live In Concert (2015): One Track Mind

Studio or live, ECM or ACT record label, it’s that same, damned good Manu Katché music.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s fusion jazz, including Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd and others.

Jeff Oster, with Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – Next (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Jeff Oster, with Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – Next (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Jeff Oster is making a New Age record with Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie’s help. Yes, you heard right.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Jazz and Fusion Jazz): Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Jazz and Fusion Jazz): Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 in jazz and fusion, including the Breithaupt Brothers, Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom and Miguel Zenon.

Mole – RGB (2014)

Mole – RGB (2014)

By fully accommodating Stomu Takeishi while remaining true to themselves, Mole is renewed and nowhere close to running out of steam.

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

With ‘All Purpose Music,’ the Virginia-based soul-funk-jazz quartet Butcher Brown shows why Nicholas Payton is so fired up about this band.

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.