Fusion Jazz

Hippie Diktat – Black Peplum (2014)

Hippie Diktat – Black Peplum (2014)

Here is a review of ‘Black Peplum’ by the Paris-based jazzcore trio Hippie Diktat.

Bill Laswell, Chad Smith + Jon Batiste – The Process (2014)

Bill Laswell, Chad Smith + Jon Batiste – The Process (2014)

Here is a review of ‘The Process’ by Bill Laswell, Chad Smith and Jon Batiste, a meeting of the minds of master musicians who hadn’t previously met.

Ferenc Nemeth and Attila Laszlo [featuring the Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip + Russell Ferrante] – Bridges of Souls (2014)

Ferenc Nemeth and Attila Laszlo [featuring the Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip + Russell Ferrante] – Bridges of Souls (2014)

Here’s a review of ‘Bridges of Souls,’ a tasteful fusion excursion from Hungarian drum ace Ferenc Nemeth and Hugarian guitar ace Attila Laszlo.

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014)

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014)

Powered by the garage jazz-rock songs of Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery with the brash saxophone stylings of Kamasi Washington, Throttle Elevator Music is back with a second helping.

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

We review ‘Blues and Daily News’ by Ross Hammond and Grant Calvin Weston, a creative guitar/drums improv record.

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

‘Etymology’ by Burnt Belief, featuring Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin and Jon Durant, is as good as you can get with downtempo music.

Rob Mazurek + Black Cube SP – Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost (2014)

Rob Mazurek + Black Cube SP – Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost (2014)

Rob Mazurek pours his heart out with a very sympathetic squad from Brazil for this paean to his mother.

Aram Bajakian + Julia Úlehla – Dálava (2014)

Aram Bajakian + Julia Úlehla – Dálava (2014)

Aram Bajakian and Julia Úlehla have combined the richness of the old music of Moravia with the freshness and boldness of the new like no one else has done before with the ethnic music of Central and Estern Europe..

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Worker (2014)

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Worker (2014)

A thinking man’s garage band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey unveils ‘Worker,’ suggesting that at twenty years old, this endeavor is nowhere near the end.