Fusion Jazz

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Jack DeJohnette, with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)

Jack DeJohnette, with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)

What you get when DeJohnette combines with guys named Coltrane and Garrison doesn’t exactly square up with the mental picture (or rather, mental music) most jazzbos might imagine when those three names are put together. Nonetheless, ‘In Movement’ is no less gratifying.

Jeff Oster – Jeff Oster Live! (2016)

Jeff Oster – Jeff Oster Live! (2016)

With the funky-tight ‘Jeff Oster Live!’, Oster and his band replicate the sophistication of the studio as well as the immediacy of the stage.

Allan Holdsworth – Tales From The Vault (2016)

Allan Holdsworth – Tales From The Vault (2016)

Mostly an alternative presentation of ‘Road Games’, Allan Holdsworth’s chaff is superior to most guitarists’ wheat and after fifteen years of no studio material cut loose, it’s good to see any production from him.

Rez Abbasi & Junction – Behind The Vibration (2016)

Rez Abbasi & Junction – Behind The Vibration (2016)

‘Behind The Vibration’ is a typical Rez Abbasi album in the sense that when you think he’s about to run out of ideas and start repeating himself, he’ll come out with something fresh and stimulating that builds upon what he’s made before.

Marc Ribot + The Young Philadelphians – Live In Tokyo (2016)

Marc Ribot + The Young Philadelphians – Live In Tokyo (2016)

People seeking adventurous music should seek out Marc Ribot adventures like ‘Live In Tokyo’ because he does it with such attitude, resourcefulness and — dare I say — fun.

Dan Cavalca – Cinematic (2016)

Dan Cavalca – Cinematic (2016)

With his proper debut ‘Cinematic,’ Dan Cavalca can already boast a fully-formed individual approach to an instrumental music that brings together a lot of familiar elements but the alchemy itself is uncommon…and uncommonly good.

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Manu Katché – Unstatic (2016)

‘Unstatic’ remains very much in keeping with the style of French rock-jazz drumming extraordinaire Manu Katché, a style that continues to discreetly evolve and stay very much engaging.

Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess (2016)

Levin Minnemann Rudess – From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess (2016)

It’s an open and shut case of instrumental wizardry and fun-filled indulgence…’From The Law Offices Of Levin Minnemann Rudess.’

Miroslav Vitous – Music Of Weather Report (2016)

Miroslav Vitous – Music Of Weather Report (2016)

With ‘Music Of Weather Report’, founding bassist Miroslav Vitous makes that point explicitly and abundantly clear why that music is so vital. And like the music Vitous seeks to evoke, this is fusion jazz at its peak.