Fusion Jazz

Lucas Lee – Normalcy Bias (2013)

Lucas Lee – Normalcy Bias (2013)

The seven tracks seem to build with intensity and lunacy as Lucas Lee’s sophomore album ‘Normalcy Bias’ progresses.

Jake Hertzog – Throwback (2013)

In 2009, Jake Hertzog was just a couple of years out of Berklee, just beginning to attract notice as a brilliant guitarist, composer and bandleader.

TOTEM> – Voices of Grain (2013)

When outer fringe guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil got together with kindred spirits Tom Blancarte (upright bass) and Andrew Drury (drums) to form TOTEM>, they injected fresh concepts in the improvised music arena.

Harrison Bankhead Quartet – Velvet Blue (2013)

One of the most self-effacing musicians of Chicago’s AACM scene paradoxically creates some of its boldest music, and bassist Harrison Bankhead’s second album confirms that Morning Sun Harvest Moon was no one-off fluke.

Something Else! sneak peek: Tiger Hatchery, “Chieftain” (2013)

Tiger Hatchery is a rowdy bunch of thrash jazzers from Chicago.

One Track Mind: Clarence J. Johnson III, “Watch Him Work” from Watch Him Work (2013)

The last time New Orleanian saxophonist Clarence Johnson III made a record, it was still the 1900s.

The Necks – Open (2013)

For all the discussion in recent years about the current generation’s creatively unique piano/bass/drums trios such as The Bad Plus, e.s.t. and Vijay Iyer’s trio, there’s scant talk about the earliest and most unique of this batch

Landon Knoblock’s CACAW – Stellar Power (2013)

For the longest time, jazz has had its hard-edged fringe and so has rock. Keyboardist Landon Knoblock started CACAW with the intent to combine the two outliers of their respective styles to create something even more otherworldly.

Bryan and the Haggards featuring Dr. Eugene Chadbourne – Merles Just Want To Have Fun (2013)

A two-step shuffle, a slightly exaggerated country croon, and two feisty saxes with occasional late-period Coltrane wails arousing suspicions that these are wack jazz guys playing Merle Haggard, not dedicated country music musicians.

Spyro Gyra – The Rhinebeck Sessions (2013)

Spyro Gyra – The Rhinebeck Sessions (2013)

One of the bands often cited as a progenitor of smooth jazz and one of the style’s best known names, Spyro Gyra is also one of the most atypical acts of the form.