Fusion Jazz

One Track Mind: Mats/Morgan, “Rubber Sky” (2014)

One Track Mind: Mats/Morgan, “Rubber Sky” (2014)

“Rubber Sky” is an example of this wonderful trait of Mats/Morgan, who merrily obliterate fences put up in music not just across genres, but across age groups as well.

Ken Husbands Trio – Keepin’ It Going (2014)

Ken Husbands Trio – Keepin’ It Going (2014)

Covering a wide expanse of moods but maintaining the same airy feeling, Ken Husbands’ “Keepin’ It Going” is trio date that has a little something for most tastes of jazz wrapped into a tidy, funky little trio.

Something Else! sneak peek: Albert Ayler, “Ghosts [Live in Hilversum]” (1964; 2014 reissue)

Something Else! sneak peek: Albert Ayler, “Ghosts [Live in Hilversum]” (1964; 2014 reissue)

It’s about more than mere individuals playing well, and this performance brings real meaning to the words “spiritual unity.”

Stephen Richard – Perspective and The Gallery Sessions: Suite Movements (2014)

Stephen Richard – Perspective and The Gallery Sessions: Suite Movements (2014)

A gateway to straight jazz? No, because if you embrace this music, you’ve already gone through gates and are heading down its fascinating corridors.

fo/mo/deep – The Groovy Goodness (2014)

fo/mo/deep – The Groovy Goodness (2014)

Fresh from the fusion triumph of A Beautiful Bang, Columbus, Ohio’s fo/mo/deep is poised to take listeners on another funky ride through the fun side of jazz.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Shiki (2014)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Shiki (2014)

This doesn’t often sound like big band music, as Fujii draws from every impulse at her disposal.

Richard Pinhas and Oren Ambarchi – Tikkun (2014)

Richard Pinhas and Oren Ambarchi – Tikkun (2014)

These three extended pieces take minimalism to exotic – and redemptive – places

Joel Harrison – Mother Stump (2014)

Joel Harrison – Mother Stump (2014)

‘Mother Stump’ covers a lot of ground, with Harrison’s blues-inflected progressive jazz guitar as your guide.

Gato Libre – DuDu (2014)

Gato Libre – DuDu (2014)

Gato Libre makes the difficult decision to go forward after the loss of a key member.

Ben Goldberg, Adam Levy, Smith Dobson – Worry Later (2014)

Ben Goldberg, Adam Levy, Smith Dobson – Worry Later (2014)

An album shaped by both interpretations of Monk and the interaction among these three.