Fusion Jazz

Something Else! sneak peek: Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk (2014)

Another well-developed mixture of smooth jazz, and adult contemporary music.

Street Priest – More Nasty (2014)

Street Priest – More Nasty (2014)

Here in ‘Merica, we covet our freedom and we root for the underdog. And we like brash. Therefore, the free-funk, noise band out of Oakland that call themselves Street Priest is as American is, well you know, Grandma’s apple pie.

And now, an important message from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline …

And now, an important message from Wilco guitarist Nels Cline …

Cline talks up Scott Amendola’s orchestral ‘Fade To Orange’ crowdfunding project.

Cagematch – Missing The End All (2014)

Cagematch – Missing The End All (2014)

This nifty little sax/guitar/drums combo applies a rock poise and an electrified sonic din to avant-jazz structures.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jaco Pastorius

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jaco Pastorius

Everything from ambient post-rock to improvisational, to scattered rock-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.