Fusion Jazz

Wil Blades – Field Notes (2014)

Wil Blades – Field Notes (2014)

Every song finds a different way to soothe, groove and satisfy the soul. Blades and his badassed organ trio never seem to run out of ideas.

Something Else! sneak peek: Colin Webster + Mark Holub – Viscera (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Colin Webster + Mark Holub – Viscera (2014)

This is what free playing is all about.

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender.

Something Else! sneak peek: Euge Groove, “Got 2 Be Groovin'” from Got 2 Be Groovin’ (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Euge Groove, “Got 2 Be Groovin'” from Got 2 Be Groovin’ (2014)

“Got 2 Be Groovin'” is another calling card tune from smooth jazz sax master Euge Groove, destined to delight his fans.

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Unpredictability and real passion characterizes ‘The Darkseid Recital’ as a whole, just as it did for Jones’ and Shipp’s amazing ‘Cosmic Lieder’, but those things are magnified from doing it from the stage. That’s the perfect way to follow up on that earlier, acclaimed duet.

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

ree-form jazz doesn’t need to go on for mind-numbingly lengths if the musicians know what they’re doing. The Sputnik Trio have this all figured out.

Interstatic – Arise (2014)

Interstatic – Arise (2014)

The rougher edges of the guttural ‘Arise’ revisits the period when jazz and rock collisions created explosive music and rekindles the old magic with new vigor.

Exclusive stream: Zebrina with Ben Goldberg, “The Desert Speaks” from Hamidbar Medaber (2014)

Exclusive stream: Zebrina with Ben Goldberg, “The Desert Speaks” from Hamidbar Medaber (2014)

This Miles-meets-Mosada alchemy offers Interesting new twists.

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Provocative and fanciful, they bring Ellington and Strayhorn closer to us.

Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)

Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming (2014)

There’s a spiritual unity uncommon in much of jazz today, and even rarer in a debut album.