Fusion Jazz

Stanley Clarke, Biréli Lagrène, Jean-Luc Ponty – D-Stringz (2015)

Stanley Clarke, Biréli Lagrène, Jean-Luc Ponty – D-Stringz (2015)

The magic we’ve heard from these virtuosos over all these years has been rekindled with the ‘D-Stringz’ project, and without the need to burn fossil fuels.

Sonny Sharrock – Ask The Ages (1991, 2015 reissue)

Sonny Sharrock – Ask The Ages (1991, 2015 reissue)

For his last proper album, unsung guitar hero Sonny Sharrock fully opened up the spigot of his potential. ‘Ask The Ages’ is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Michael Cain – Sola (2015)

Michael Cain – Sola (2015)

With an imaginative mind and worldly experience, fresh and appealing ideas can still be mined within the realm of fusion jazz. Like, for instance, Michael Cain’s ‘Sola.’

Huntertones – Huntertones (2015, EP)

Huntertones – Huntertones (2015, EP)

The name has changed but the product is basically the same. They didn’t mess with a good thing, so there’s a lot to recommend about ‘Huntertones.’

Aram Bajakian – Music Inspired By ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015)

Aram Bajakian – Music Inspired By ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015)

As a subversive within the musical realm, Aram Bajakian connected with a subversive director and like the film, effectively said much without any words at all.

Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries (1985, 2015 SACD remaster)

Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries (1985, 2015 SACD remaster)

Michael Hedges did nothing less than bring the acoustic guitar into the New Age realm and completely conquer it within the space of this record.

White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

A masterful meeting of free, kindred souls, White Out + Nels Cline’s ‘Accidental Sky’ was created spontaneously to capture moments impossible to contemplate.

Marbin, “African Shabtay” from Aggressive Hippies (2015): One Track Mind

Marbin, “African Shabtay” from Aggressive Hippies (2015): One Track Mind

Not content with the high bar they set for themselves, Marbin raises their game higher still for “African Shabtry” and the new album ‘Aggressive Hippies.’

Tim Kuhl, “Wave (of Dreams), remixed by Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Tim Kuhl, “Wave (of Dreams), remixed by Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Wilco keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen transformed Kuhl’s Euro-pop song “Wave (of Dreams)” into something move-inducing and a little intriguing as well.

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Pridgen plays tricky odd-metered rhythms, Laswell’s formidable bass sets the parameters for the melody and Sopko goes balls-out free to push over the ledge a performance already on the edge.