Fusion Jazz

Kait Dunton, “Re-Entry” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Kait Dunton, “Re-Entry” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Here is the premiere of “Re-Entry,” the lead-off track from trioKAIT’s third album ‘trioKAIT 2.”

Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project, March 28, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project, March 28, 2018: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Respected for his incalculable influence on both jazz and rock, Billy Cobham is an important drummer – and one that I had never seen perform.

Basia, “Matteo” from Butterflies (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Basia, “Matteo” from Butterflies (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

A singer with a 14-letter, consonant-rich last name might find an obstacle to fame but Basia Trzetrzelewska became an international pop star anyway.

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.

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