Fusion Jazz

Brad Cheeseman – The Tide Turns (2017)

Brad Cheeseman – The Tide Turns (2017)

Proving again that contemporary jazz doesn’t necessarily equate to smooth jazz, Brad Cheeseman Group’s ‘The Tide Turns’ is another solid set of tracks from Cheeseman where real work is put in from conception to execution.

Gary Bartz’s NTU Troop – Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru (1971)/Joe Henderson – The Elements (1973) (2017 reissues)

Gary Bartz’s NTU Troop – Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru (1971)/Joe Henderson – The Elements (1973) (2017 reissues)

Jazz Dispensary reissues two early 70s documents of explorative jazz: Gary Bartz NTU Troop – ‘Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru’ (1971) and Joe Henderson feat Alice Coltrane – ‘The Elements’ (1973)

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Expedition (2017)

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Expedition (2017)

‘Expedition’ continues a long, provocative journey taken by Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh along the innovative frontier of jazz.

Burning Ghosts – Reclamation (2017)

Burning Ghosts – Reclamation (2017)

True to the stated purpose of Burning Ghosts, ‘Reclamation’ is another piercing protest document without words. But regardless of what your politics might be, there’s much to relish here as long as you appreciate raw passion delivered through accomplished musicianship and a fearless attitude.

Zem Audu – Spirits (2017)

Zem Audu – Spirits (2017)

The international element is strong on ‘Spirit’ like a lot of jazz albums these days but Zem Audu is long beyond that concept of throwing together different ingredients and has mastered making his stew simmer with sophistication.

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield – Hudson (2017)

Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, John Scofield – Hudson (2017)

The combination of Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier is capable of so much; but ‘Hudson’ delivers in that it doesn’t kowtow to expectations of what kind of music these four legends should make.

Björkenheim, Sopko, James, Laswell, Yamaki (Inaugural Sound Clash [for the 2 Americas]) – Against the Empire of Alternative Facts (2017)

Björkenheim, Sopko, James, Laswell, Yamaki (Inaugural Sound Clash [for the 2 Americas]) – Against the Empire of Alternative Facts (2017)

Bill Laswell and the cast of characters assembled for this 57-minute jam aren’t the ordinary type.

Cuong Vu 4Tet with Bill Frisell – Ballet (2017)

Cuong Vu 4Tet with Bill Frisell – Ballet (2017)

Cuong Vu 4Tet’s sensitive shaping of Michael Gibb’s songs earn serious attention on their own.

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

As the 360º video makes clear, the gumption of the Great Harry Hillman knows no bounds.

Bryan and the Aardvarks, “Tiny Skull Sized Kingdom” from Sounds From The Deep Field (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Bryan and the Aardvarks, “Tiny Skull Sized Kingdom” from Sounds From The Deep Field (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Here is the premiere stream of “Tiny Skull Sized Kingdom” from Bryan and the Aardvarks’ 2017 release ‘Sounds From The Deep Field.’

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