Fusion Jazz

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’.

Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution (2016)

Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution (2016)

When a musician of Spalding’s caliber makes an “I don’t give a damn what the people think” kind of record, that’s exactly when the people need to pay the most attention.

Matthew Hartnett – Southern Comfort (2016)

Matthew Hartnett – Southern Comfort (2016)

Talented trombonist/composer Matthew Hartnett has identified something culturally valuable in every environment he’s found himself in to make a remarkable introduction.

Daevid Allen Weird Quartet – Elevenses (2016)

Daevid Allen Weird Quartet – Elevenses (2016)

Daevid Allen’s final recording is as he’s always sounded: like he’s still frolicking in 1970 trying to imagine what music might be like in 2020 if we had lost our minds along the way,

Groove Legacy – Groove Legacy (2016)

Groove Legacy – Groove Legacy (2016)

Groove Legacy are new torchbearers who have the wherewithal to resurrect the glorious past of 70s funk-jazz with all the intuition and understanding of those who were there.

Ross Hammond + Sameer Gupta, “Upward” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Ross Hammond + Sameer Gupta, “Upward” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

The spiritually soothing music of Sameer Gupta and Ross Hammond’s “Upward” is a simple pleasure in any culture.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)

Jaimeo Brown and Chris Sholar are able to make sense of traditional work songs from the American South and all corners of the world all and place it in the context of the present.

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Eight years after Ramsey Lewis gave him his first big break, Maurice White returned the favor to Lewis by lending his talents to an album that put Lewis back in the public spotlight.

Naked Truth – Avian Thug (2016)

Naked Truth – Avian Thug (2016)

The progressive fusion supergroup Naked Truth had already gotten off to a nice start with their first two projects. Now with ‘Avian Thug’, they have have reached cruising altitude.