Fusion Jazz

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Unpredictability and real passion characterizes ‘The Darkseid Recital’ as a whole, just as it did for Jones’ and Shipp’s amazing ‘Cosmic Lieder’, but those things are magnified from doing it from the stage. That’s the perfect way to follow up on that earlier, acclaimed duet.

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

ree-form jazz doesn’t need to go on for mind-numbingly lengths if the musicians know what they’re doing. The Sputnik Trio have this all figured out.

Interstatic – Arise (2014)

Interstatic – Arise (2014)

The rougher edges of the guttural ‘Arise’ revisits the period when jazz and rock collisions created explosive music and rekindles the old magic with new vigor.

Exclusive stream: Zebrina with Ben Goldberg, “The Desert Speaks” from Hamidbar Medaber (2014)

Exclusive stream: Zebrina with Ben Goldberg, “The Desert Speaks” from Hamidbar Medaber (2014)

This Miles-meets-Mosada alchemy offers Interesting new twists.

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Provocative and fanciful, they bring Ellington and Strayhorn closer to us.

Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)

Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)

There’s a spiritual unity uncommon in much of jazz today, and even rarer in a debut album.

‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

‘Very excited about the synergy’: Jean-Luc Ponty on his new collaboration with Yes’ Jon Anderson

Ponty has previously worked with Frank Zappa, Elton John and members of Journey and Genesis.

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Two Bay Area pacesetters of improvised and avant-garde music will soon join forces.

Nicholas Payton – Numbers (2014)

Nicholas Payton – Numbers (2014)

‘Numbers’ coolly delivers Payton’s message of natural flow. It’s funky-good, angular vibe jazz.

Brandon Seabrook – Sylphid Vitalizers (2014)

Brandon Seabrook – Sylphid Vitalizers (2014)

It doesn’t matter if the experimental music is being rendered by electric guitar or banjo, Seabrook uses technology, virtuosity and a deviously fertile mind to blow the minds of anyone who comes across these recordings. ‘Sylphid Vitalizers’ expands the world of what is possible with a banjo. And guitar, too.