Fusion Jazz

Ross Hammond + Sameer Gupta, “Upward” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Ross Hammond + Sameer Gupta, “Upward” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

The spiritually soothing music of Sameer Gupta and Ross Hammond’s “Upward” is a simple pleasure in any culture.

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)

Jaimeo Brown Transcendence – Work Songs (2016)

Jaimeo Brown and Chris Sholar are able to make sense of traditional work songs from the American South and all corners of the world all and place it in the context of the present.

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Maurice White’s gratitude gave former mentor Ramsey Lewis a hit with Sun Goddess

Eight years after Ramsey Lewis gave him his first big break, Maurice White returned the favor to Lewis by lending his talents to an album that put Lewis back in the public spotlight.

Naked Truth – Avian Thug (2016)

Naked Truth – Avian Thug (2016)

The progressive fusion supergroup Naked Truth had already gotten off to a nice start with their first two projects. Now with ‘Avian Thug’, they have have reached cruising altitude.

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Brad Cheeseman – Figurants (2016, EP)

Toronto bassist and composer Brad Cheeseman is releasing a four-track EP, but with ambition.

Gutbucket, “Luton” from Dance (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Gutbucket, “Luton” from Dance (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Through the magic of cinematography and editing, Gutbucket show how their angular wallop can inspire dancing in this world premiere video of “Luton”.

Peter Erskine – Dr. Um (2016)

Peter Erskine – Dr. Um (2016)

The drummer who is capable of taking on any role he wants behind his drum set makes his best music when he takes on the role of simply being himself.

The Worst Pop Band Ever – Blackout (2016)

The Worst Pop Band Ever – Blackout (2016)

Toronto’s The Worst Pop Band Ever has a hand-made, unforced approach that makes rock-jazz uncommonly relaxing, and ‘Blackout’ keeps that relaxed vibe going.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Blues, Jazz + R&B): Boz Scaggs, Gavin Harrison, Alabama Shakes

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 (Blues, Jazz + R&B): Boz Scaggs, Gavin Harrison, Alabama Shakes

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2015 list for blues, jazz and R&B also included Marc Cary, Robben Ford, Dave Douglas, Papa Mali, Matthew Shipp and others.

Tim Kuhl, “Timelessness Highway” from 1982 (2015): One Track Mind

Tim Kuhl, “Timelessness Highway” from 1982 (2015): One Track Mind

Tim Kuhl has spun off many video singles from his ‘1982’ album, and this one produced by Rich Ragsdale might be the the most visually vivid one of them all.