Fusion Jazz

Little Women – Lung (2013)

Listening to single-take forty-plus minute group performances is not a casual affair, it’s embarking on an odyssey.

Ivo Perelman – The Edge (2013)

And so we reach the final piece of the Ivo Perelman/Matt Shipp trilogy of April, 2013. The Edge is where Perelman fronts Shipp’s widely renowned trio for the first time ever (though he has performed with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey on separate occasions).

Mikrokolektyw – Absent Minded (2013)

The Chicago-based duo from Poland Mikrokolektyw (a Polish play on the word “micro collective”) only makes music out of thin air, and like a skilled magician pulling a rabbit out of thin air, makes it look so effortless and fluid.

Ivo Perelman with Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver – Serendipity (2013)

Serendipity is, to put it succinctly, a forty-three minute improvisation among Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver.

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – The Art Of The Duet, Volume One (2013)

It was only about a year ago when we last apprised a new album by the restless improvisational saxophonist from Sao Paulo, Ivo Perelman. Since that time, Perelman had put out another three albums, all trio records.

Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner takes break from solo album to appear tonight with OHM

Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner takes break from solo album to appear tonight with OHM

Reedman Nik Turner of Hawkwind fame is making the most of his on-going trip to America, laying down tracks for new studio projects, making a series of appearances at SXSW and, tonight, appearing live with a former member of Megadeth.

Forgotten series: The Free Spirits featuring Larry Coryell – Out Of Sight and Sound (1967)

Prior to gaining the reputation as an ace jazz guitarist, Larry Coryell honed his skills playing in blues and rock bands. But the Free Spirits were the first band he ever recorded with.

Roscoe Mitchell – Duets With Tyshawn Sorey and Special Guest Hugh Ragin (2013)

One thing that Fred Anderson had shown us in his last years was that the original AACM guys can still make vital, risk-taking music of real consequence; these guys who were at the forefront of jazz in the 60’s never retreated

Dave Haskell Group – Pivot Point (2013)

Dave Haskell is back, which is undoubtedly significant news for longtime followers of the San Francisco Bay Area’s jazz and blues scenes. And if you’re a fusion fan from any other locale, then let me tell you why that should be significant to you, too.

Steve Coleman and Five Elements – Functional Arrhythmias (2013)

“Every beat on the album was original,” said Herbie Hancock about his game-changing funk-jazz album Head Hunters. It’s the one aspect about that record that has stood out to me over everything else, and made Harvey Mason a drum hero in my book