Fusion Jazz

The Yellowjackets – Cohearence (2016)

The Yellowjackets – Cohearence (2016)

The Yellowjackets’ superb musicianship along with insightful composing and arrangements make ‘Cohearence’ maintain this group’s reputation as one of the foremost fusion groups operating. Since 1981.

Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, “Wheel Remix” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Cory Healey’s Beautiful Sunshine Band, “Wheel Remix” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Barely lasting one hundred seconds, Corey Healey’s “Wheel Remix” transforms a solid song into a modern, solid groove.

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – Continuum (2016)

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – Continuum (2016)

That Nik Bärtsch can apply his innovations so effectively with a bass-less combo and even with a small string section further validates the soundness of this unique approach.

David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint (2016)

David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint (2016)

Starting perhaps around the time Ben Goldberg assembled his New Klezmer Trio and The Klezmatics was formed, the clarinet went from being a meek instrument associated with the traditional and archaic — like trad jazz and Polish weddings — to becoming

Wertico, Cain & Gray – Realization (2016)

Wertico, Cain & Gray – Realization (2016)

The elusive but exciting ‘Realization’ shows how original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians can be when all the constraints are lifted.

Hiromi – Spark (2016)

Hiromi – Spark (2016)

‘Spark’ is Hiromi’s fourth go aorund with a formula that might get a little tiresome by now if she wasn’t so danged daring and exuberant in how she goes about it.

David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (2016)

David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (2016)

Once you accept the weird, wonderful microtonal world of David Fiuczynski, the universe gets much, much bigger. And better, too.

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

The jazz/hip-hop hybrid ‘In The Moment’ from drummer Makaya McCraven retains the energy and impulsiveness of the live performances within hypnotic looped and sampled grooves.

Daniel Rosenboom – Book Of Storms (2016)

Daniel Rosenboom – Book Of Storms (2016)

‘Book Of Storms’ does nothing but strengthen Daniel Rosenboom’s reputation as a conceptual improviser of the highest order.

Jason Miles – To Grover With Love, Live In Japan (2016)

Jason Miles – To Grover With Love, Live In Japan (2016)

There’s no better way to demonstrate that Grover Washington, Jr. truly lives on than with some spirited, well-executed and earnest live performances heard on Jason Miles’ ‘To Grover With Love, Live In Japan’.