Fusion Jazz

Prolific jazz drummer Scott Amendola launches ambitious orchestral project with Nels Cline, Trevor Dunn

Prolific jazz drummer Scott Amendola launches ambitious orchestral project with Nels Cline, Trevor Dunn

Call this one the Nels Cline Singers with strings, with music by Scott Amendola.

One Track Mind: Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, “Sham Time” from Juice (2014)

One Track Mind: Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, “Sham Time” from Juice (2014)

You won’t be able to keep completely still while listening to this.

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

Mykeljon and Groovexpress – Ukrainian Doll (2014)

There’s almost nothing they can’t do, as this project so amply shows.

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (2014)

The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (2014)

Rare recordings confirm Giuffre’s foresight as free jazz began racing to the edge.

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Simon Says” from the Raise It Up EP (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Simon Says” from the Raise It Up EP (2014)

“Simon Says” is a freaky, funky mix of Glenn Miller and Ice-T.

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.