Fusion Jazz

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Avant Garde & Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Jamie Saft/Joe Morris

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Avant Garde & Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Jamie Saft/Joe Morris

The appeal of this music is its unbiased diversity and lack of set rules.

Peter Brotzmann + Sonny Sharrock – Whatthef*ckdoyouwant? (2014)

Peter Brotzmann + Sonny Sharrock – Whatthef*ckdoyouwant? (2014)

More than an album, these archival 1987 recordings unfold like a conversation.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Terje Lie, “You Know” from Bright Moments (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Terje Lie, “You Know” from Bright Moments (2014)

Summer time is here and we could go for a sunny groove, right? Cue up the sounds of beach-lovin’, LA-based Norwegian saxophonist Terje Lie.

Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask – Bite My Blues (2014)

Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask – Bite My Blues (2014)

From a punk attitude comes jazz aptitude; Gorilla Mask does it again.

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise En Abîme (2014)

Steve Lehman Octet – Mise En Abîme (2014)

‘Mise En Abîme’ would be a stunning achievement for just about anybody else; for Steve Lehman, it’s just his still-evolving musical personality racing out beyond jazz’s frontiers and daring anyone to try and catch up.

Prolific jazz drummer Scott Amendola launches ambitious orchestral project with Nels Cline, Trevor Dunn

Prolific jazz drummer Scott Amendola launches ambitious orchestral project with Nels Cline, Trevor Dunn

Call this one the Nels Cline Singers with strings, with music by Scott Amendola.

One Track Mind: Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, “Sham Time” from Juice (2014)

One Track Mind: Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, “Sham Time” from Juice (2014)

You won’t be able to keep completely still while listening to this.

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

There’s almost nothing they can’t do, as this project so amply shows.

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (2014)

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (2014)

Rare recordings confirm Giuffre’s foresight as free jazz began racing to the edge.

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Simon Says” from the Raise It Up EP (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Simon Says” from the Raise It Up EP (2014)

“Simon Says” is a freaky, funky mix of Glenn Miller and Ice-T.