Fusion Jazz

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (2018)

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (2018)

Chick Corea and Steve Gadd’s ‘Chinese Butterfly’ breaks no new ground but in this case, that can be completely forgiven.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Erskine, Brian Blade

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Erskine, Brian Blade

The baker’s dozen in this Best of 2017 list reveals that fusion jazz has expanded and diversified way past its ‘Bitches Brew’-era beginnings.

Desertion Trio, with Jamie Saft – Midtown Tilt (2018)

Desertion Trio, with Jamie Saft – Midtown Tilt (2018)

None of the great talent assembled here gets stretched near their limits for this Desertion Trio excursion, but this diversion is for an altogether different mood.

Lara Bello, Nick Finzer, Chris Greene + Others: Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2017

Lara Bello, Nick Finzer, Chris Greene + Others: Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2017

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2017 list touches on Lara Bello, Nick Finzer and Chris Greene, as well as other favorites from Joe Jackson sideman Vinnie Zummo and Lucas Pino.

Lina Allemano Four – Sometimes Y (2017)

Lina Allemano Four – Sometimes Y (2017)

One thing that’s immediately clear about ‘Sometimes Y’ by the Lina Allemano Four is that there is no less zest here for taking chances and playing in the moment.

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – Doors Of Perception (2017)

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – Doors Of Perception (2017)

With eCsTaSy now six years running, Raoul Björkenheim decided to fully harness the trust built up with eCsTaSy over that time and ‘Doors Of Perception’ is the triumphant result.

Mumpbeak – Tooth (2017)

Mumpbeak – Tooth (2017)

Mumpbeak’s ‘Tooth,’ now out via Rare Noise Records, not only continues ideas Roy Powell first put forth on the self-titled debut, but also makes it plain that there’s plenty of room to expand on those ideas.

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Teeming with guitars, Wadada Leo Smith’s ‘Najwa’ is one of those particularly bright moments in a catalog full of them.

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – Hide Ye Idols (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – Hide Ye Idols (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza and his audacious crew once again stretch jazz across multiple red lines and force people to rethink what defines that idiom.

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