Fusion Jazz

Erik Friedlander – Claws & Wings (2013)

Erik Friedlander – Claws & Wings (2013)

Only a year after celebrating fifty years on Earth, master cellist Erik Friedlander faced the premature departure from Earth of his wife, choreographer and writer Lynn Shapiro.

Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, Balazs Pandi – One (2013)

Keeping up with Ivo Perleman recordings lately is like keeping up with a Facebook news feed of 5,000 friends. His predilection for making recordings without allowing the artistically stifling effect of forethought — and having his own record label, Leo Records — has liberated him to make records at a torrid pace;

Zevious – Passing Through The Wall (2013)

When Zevious first started out in 2006, they were like any guitar/acoustic bass/drums jazz trio, but soon after their self-titled 2007 debut, they decided they didn’t want to be like any jazz trio.

The Claudia Quintet – September (2013)

Bandleader, drummer and composer John Hollenbeck has been able to keep his Claudia Quintet viable long after its original formation in the late 90s by continually tossing new challenges at it.

Matthew Shipp – Piano Sutras (2013)

In Hinduism, we are told that sutras are a collection of aphorisms providing guidance on how to conduct our lives.

Kneebody – The Line (2013)

A fusion band started by teenagers who each went on to make their own mark in jazz and other music forms is bound to forge their own identity by the time they reach their thirties.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Red Hot (2013)

When I got finished listening to Mostly Other People Do The Killing’s new album Red Hot, I thought, “man, this is the best album they’ve ever made.”

Exclusive stream: Brian Haas and Matt Chamberlain, “An Empty House” from Frames (2013)

The stream above premieres a choice track from the upcoming Frames LP (October 15, The Royal Potato Family) by Brian Haas and Matt Chamberlain.

Charles Evans, with David Liebman, Tony Marino and Ron Stabinksky – Subliminal Leaps (2013)

Baritone sax savant Charles Evans is really good at taming this brash, acerbic horn and transforming it into a conduit of emotion and musical purpose.

Mary Halvorson Septet – Illusionary Sea (2013)

Mary Halvorson Septet – Illusionary Sea (2013)

“Write for larger ensembles,” advised Anthony Braxton to one of his brightest protégés.