Fusion Jazz

Lina Allemano Four – Sometimes Y (2017)

Lina Allemano Four – Sometimes Y (2017)

One thing that’s immediately clear about ‘Sometimes Y’ by the Lina Allemano Four is that there is no less zest here for taking chances and playing in the moment.

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – Doors Of Perception (2017)

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – Doors Of Perception (2017)

With eCsTaSy now six years running, Raoul Björkenheim decided to fully harness the trust built up with eCsTaSy over that time and ‘Doors Of Perception’ is the triumphant result.

Mumpbeak – Tooth (2017)

Mumpbeak – Tooth (2017)

Mumpbeak’s ‘Tooth,’ now out via Rare Noise Records, not only continues ideas Roy Powell first put forth on the self-titled debut, but also makes it plain that there’s plenty of room to expand on those ideas.

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Teeming with guitars, Wadada Leo Smith’s ‘Najwa’ is one of those particularly bright moments in a catalog full of them.

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – Hide Ye Idols (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – Hide Ye Idols (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza and his audacious crew once again stretch jazz across multiple red lines and force people to rethink what defines that idiom.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Body And Shadow (2017)

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Body And Shadow (2017)

Always putting spirituality above improvisation, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band connects to listeners in a way uncommon for jazz musicians, and ‘Body And Shadow’ continues a remarkable consistency of mission and quality spanning two decades.

Tim Kuhl, “The Neon Design” from Sky Valley (2018): One Track Mind

Tim Kuhl, “The Neon Design” from Sky Valley (2018): One Track Mind

Tim Kuhl’s new single “The Neon Design” begins tamely and ends a little ferociously.

Ross Hammond and Jon Bafus – Masonic Lawn (2017)

Ross Hammond and Jon Bafus – Masonic Lawn (2017)

For ‘Masonic Lawn,’ Hammond uses Resonator guitars to hold an extemporaneous musical dialogue with Bafus.

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition’s the original mission of melding modern group-level stream-of-consciousness with contemporary raga remains intact, ‘Agrima’ builds on those original ideas, too.

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