Fusion Jazz

Carl Weingarten – Life Under Stars (2014)

Carl Weingarten – Life Under Stars (2014)

Carl Weingarten didn’t intend to follow-up his ensemble long player Panomorphia with another ensemble album but that’s how Life Under Stars — eight years in the making — turned out.

Mike Dillon – Band of Outsiders (2014)

Mike Dillon – Band of Outsiders (2014)

Gonzo vibes man Mike Dillon is the secret weapon in whatever project he’s involved with, whether it’s Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s or even Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

Jamie Saft and Joe Morris – Plymouth (2014)

Jamie Saft and Joe Morris – Plymouth (2014)

Out of the box thinkers Jamie Saft and Joe Morris combined forces last year for an update on the guttural, jam-rock aesthetic popular around the turn of the 70s.

Before Bitches Brew: Five really great early fusion albums

Before Bitches Brew: Five really great early fusion albums

Some twenty-five years ago when compact discs began to overtake vinyl as the music media of choice, I joined one of those mail-order record clubs as a way to quickly build up a foundation for my fledgling CD collection.

Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri – Two Men Walking (2014)

Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri – Two Men Walking (2014)

Two Men Walking is all about Ivo Perelman going one-on-one with a viola player, which is cause for joy for improvised music enthusiasts…especially since the viola player is a kindred soul in Mat Maneri.

Ivo Perelman, with Matthew Shipp, William Parker – Book of Sound (2014)

Ivo Perelman, with Matthew Shipp, William Parker – Book of Sound (2014)

note: music in video is from a prior Perelman release, Cama Da Terra When Ivo Perelman convenes with the Matthew Shipp Trio, good stuff happens.

Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014)

Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014)

Fourteen (March 25, 2014, Pi Recordings) isn’t Dan Weiss’s fourteenth record (it’s his fifth), nor is it the number of tracks on the album, nor does it pertain to the year it’s out (as in “’14″).

Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (2014)

Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (2014)

Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor’s deft application of lo-fi electronics to out-jazz has been celebrated here a few times, and Locus, their second release with Northern Spy Records, is another reason to celebrate.

Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (2014)

Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (2014)

The first-call acoustic bass player best known in five words or less as “Branford Marsalis’ bassist since forever” is preparing to release his own led-date In Memory of Things Yet Seen (March 25, 2014, Clean Feed Records).

Digital Primitives – Lipsomuch/Soul Searching (2014)

Digital Primitives – Lipsomuch/Soul Searching (2014)

It’s easy to think of a “groove” as having certain kind of chord changes, played by certain kind of instruments and even having certain kind of beats.