Fusion Jazz

Kevin Eubanks + Stanley Jordan, “Lights” from Duets (2015): One Track Mind

Kevin Eubanks + Stanley Jordan, “Lights” from Duets (2015): One Track Mind

That Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan offer fine takes on jazz staples here comes as little surprise. But Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”

Peter Brotzmann, Jim O’Rourke + Keiji Haino – Two City Blues 2 (2015)

Peter Brotzmann, Jim O’Rourke + Keiji Haino – Two City Blues 2 (2015)

With ‘Two City Blues 2,’ Peter Brotzmann and friends prove that there is room for all kinds of music in this world.

The Soft Machine, “Hazard Profile” from Switzerland 1974 (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

The Soft Machine, “Hazard Profile” from Switzerland 1974 (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

The smokin’ “Hazard Profile” will be included on a previously unreleased 1974 Montreux performance by Soft Machine with Allan Holdsworth.

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Imaginary Cities (2015)

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra – Imaginary Cities (2015)

Chris Potter’s string quartet-supplemented ‘Imaginary Cities’ is ambitious, maybe the high-water mark of ambition so far in Potter’s career.

The Matthew Yeakley Group, “Happy F*ckin’ New Year” (2014): One Track Mind

The Matthew Yeakley Group, “Happy F*ckin’ New Year” (2014): One Track Mind

Here’s a stream of Matthew Yeakley’s polished funk-jazz number “Happy F*ckin’ New Year.”

Dylan Howe – Subterranean (2014)

Dylan Howe – Subterranean (2014)

Focusing on the instrumental elements of David Bowie’s Berlin era allows Dylan Howe to brilliantly elaborate on those familiar themes.

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Records of 2014: Markus James, Deerhoof, Don Pullen

S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Records of 2014: Markus James, Deerhoof, Don Pullen

Markus James, Deerhoof, Dave Liebman, Don Pullen and Arild Anderson are included in S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Records of 2014.

Gov’t Mule + John Scofield, “Tom Thumb” from Sco-Mule (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Gov’t Mule + John Scofield, “Tom Thumb” from Sco-Mule (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Gov’t Mule enlists John Scofield to help put together a convincing rendition of Wayne Shorter’s soul-jazz number “Tom Thumb.”

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Blues, R&B + Jazz): D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Branford Marsalis

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Blues, R&B + Jazz): D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Branford Marsalis

D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey and Branford Marsalis are included on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for blues, R&B and jazz records.

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

Butcher Brown, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (2014): One Track Mind

If Butcher Brown can make “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” so delectably fonky, they can groove up just about any old tune.