Fusion Jazz

Ross Hammond and Jon Bafus – Masonic Lawn (2017)

Ross Hammond and Jon Bafus – Masonic Lawn (2017)

For ‘Masonic Lawn,’ Hammond uses Resonator guitars to hold an extemporaneous musical dialogue with Bafus.

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition’s the original mission of melding modern group-level stream-of-consciousness with contemporary raga remains intact, ‘Agrima’ builds on those original ideas, too.

Chris Combs – Combsy (2017)

Chris Combs – Combsy (2017)

Chris Comb’s ‘Sombsy’ is strongly recommended for those who like the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, but this fuller impression of Combs’ offbeat musical personality is a treat all unto itself.

Organ Freeman – Respect My Art (2017)

Organ Freeman – Respect My Art (2017)

The substantive ‘Respect My Art’ by Organ Freeman grooves, rocks and makes you feel good without that nasty guilty pleasure aftertaste.

Philipp Gerschlauer and David Fiuczynski – Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (2017)

Philipp Gerschlauer and David Fiuczynski – Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (2017)

Philipp Gerschlauer and David Fiuczynski getting together for ‘Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik’ took microtonal music to new places, and there’s never a dull moment.

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

feature photo: Roberto Masotti/ECM Records No, Terje Rypdal is still thankfully among us, but with a rich discography stretching back more than fifty years, the Norwegian guitar legend’s 70th birthday is as good occasion as any to

Vector Families – For Those About to Jazz/Rock, We Salute You (2017)

Vector Families – For Those About to Jazz/Rock, We Salute You (2017)

While ‘For Those About to Jazz/Rock, We Salute You’ really has nothing to do with AC/DC, Vector Families has that kind of intensity level and spunk. Only with way more improvised gumption.

Mike Stern – Trip (2017)

Mike Stern – Trip (2017)

‘Trip’ is not Mike Stern’s ‘return to form’ but rather, a reaffirmation of form. And for that, we can be grateful.

Dead Neanderthals – The Depths (2017)

Dead Neanderthals – The Depths (2017)

Dead Neanderthals often play with collaborators, but ‘The Depths’ features just two musicians – and it is lovely.

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.

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