Fusion Jazz

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison’s ‘Cheating the Polygraph’ references Porcupine Tree and big band, but quickly moves well beyond those well-worn tropes.

Bluey, “Saints and Sinners” from Life Between The Notes (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bluey, “Saints and Sinners” from Life Between The Notes (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bluey’s new tune “Saints and Sinners” doesn’t get the point across from the lyrics alone: the music delivers, too.

Jeff Oster, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – next (2015)

Jeff Oster, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – next (2015)

Here is a review of trumpeter Jeff Oster’s new groove-laden new age release ‘next’, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie.

Terry Day, of the Continuous Music Ensemble and the People Band: Something Else! Interview

Terry Day, of the Continuous Music Ensemble and the People Band: Something Else! Interview

Terry Day, who rose to fame with the Continuous Music Ensemble and the People Band, inspires those around him to seek a little further.

Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)

Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)

Here is a review of the Greg Ward/Caleb Willitz experimental Gaps & Space project ‘Synoptic Optiks.’ Once again, Greg Ward finds another way to defy not only expectations but discourage the very notion of setting expectations on him in the first place.

Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight (2015)

Vahagn Stepanyan – Moonlight (2015)

‘Moonlight’ covers a lot ground musically, yet Armenian-born keyboardist Vahagn Stepanyan manages to hit the mark with each song.

Ross Hammond, “You Are My Sunshine,” from Flight (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Ross Hammond’s bare interpretation of “You Are My Sunshine” is an intimacy that comes from stark simplicity.

Marc Cary – Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 (2015)

Marc Cary – Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 (2015)

Here’s a review of Marc Cary’s next album, the eclectic/electric ‘Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2,’ a multi-ethnic fusion affair that reveals the Fender Rhodes’ possibilities.

Spin Marvel featuring Nils Petter Molvær – Infolding (2015)

Here is a review of ‘Infolding,’ an explosive techno-jazz record by Martin France-led Spin Marvel featuring trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær.

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

Aram Bajakian consistently finds inspiration for his music from places few or no one else thinks to look. This time, he’s making a new soundtrack for an old, classic film made in the former Soviet Union, and here is a second advance taste of this project.