Fusion Jazz

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – Continuum (2016)

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – Continuum (2016)

That Nik Bärtsch can apply his innovations so effectively with a bass-less combo and even with a small string section further validates the soundness of this unique approach.

David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint (2016)

David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint (2016)

Starting perhaps around the time Ben Goldberg assembled his New Klezmer Trio and The Klezmatics was formed, the clarinet went from being a meek instrument associated with the traditional and archaic — like trad jazz and Polish weddings — to becoming

Wertico, Cain & Gray – Realization (2016)

Wertico, Cain & Gray – Realization (2016)

The elusive but exciting ‘Realization’ shows how original and visionary music from original and visionary musicians can be when all the constraints are lifted.

Hiromi – Spark (2016)

Hiromi – Spark (2016)

‘Spark’ is Hiromi’s fourth go aorund with a formula that might get a little tiresome by now if she wasn’t so danged daring and exuberant in how she goes about it.

David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (2016)

David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam (2016)

Once you accept the weird, wonderful microtonal world of David Fiuczynski, the universe gets much, much bigger. And better, too.

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

The jazz/hip-hop hybrid ‘In The Moment’ from drummer Makaya McCraven retains the energy and impulsiveness of the live performances within hypnotic looped and sampled grooves.

Daniel Rosenboom – Book Of Storms (2016)

Daniel Rosenboom – Book Of Storms (2016)

‘Book Of Storms’ does nothing but strengthen Daniel Rosenboom’s reputation as a conceptual improviser of the highest order.

Jason Miles – To Grover With Love, Live In Japan (2016)

Jason Miles – To Grover With Love, Live In Japan (2016)

There’s no better way to demonstrate that Grover Washington, Jr. truly lives on than with some spirited, well-executed and earnest live performances heard on Jason Miles’ ‘To Grover With Love, Live In Japan’.

Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution (2016)

Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution (2016)

When a musician of Spalding’s caliber makes an “I don’t give a damn what the people think” kind of record, that’s exactly when the people need to pay the most attention.

Matthew Hartnett – Southern Comfort (2016)

Matthew Hartnett – Southern Comfort (2016)

Talented trombonist/composer Matthew Hartnett has identified something culturally valuable in every environment he’s found himself in to make a remarkable introduction.