Fusion Jazz

One Track Mind: Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy, "Deep, Deep Down" (2012)

Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli might be ensconced in the downtown New York improvised music scene, but he can’t help but to continue to view American culture from the distance of the Atlantic Ocean.

Melvin Taylor – Beyond The Burning Guitar (2010, 2012 reissue)

About a dozen or so years ago when I first came across the impossibly great blues guitarist Melvin Taylor, I noticed how much his guitar playing owes to jazz and particularly George Benson

Avi Granite’s Verse – Snow Umbrellas (2012)

Born in Toronto, living in Brooklyn (where, it seems, all the good musicians aspire to call home), jazz guitar specialist Avi Granite has recently put forth Snow Umbrellas.

Jan Garbarek – Dansere ECM Box Set (2012)

With the possible exception of his one-time employer Keith Jarrett, there’s no other musician who epitomizes ECM Records more than the saxophonist from Norway, Jan Garbarek.

Terje Rypdal – Odyssey: In Studio and In Concert (1975, 2012 reissue)

Apart from his trademark whammy bar-induced vibrato, Norwegian guitarist, keyboardist, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Terje Rypdal has been one of the hardest to define figures of progressive jazz

Gimme Five: Mike Keneally explores the riddle of Miles Davis, the influence of Metallica

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, Mike Keneally talks about working with — and working without — XTC’s Andy Partridge on the terrific new album Wing Beat Fantastic.

fo/mo/deep – A Beautiful Bang (2012)

Columbus, Ohio’s fo/mo/deep calls themselves an “Eclectic Groove Oriented – Funky Jazz Collective,” and it’s truth in advertising.

Soft Machine, with Allan Holdsworth – Floating World Live (2006, 2012 reissue)

Allan Holdsworth’s career is perhaps nearly as well known for his brief stays in well-regarded prog and fusion bands as it is for his guitar wizardry. Tony Williams’ Lifetime, UK and even Level 42 all have Holdsworth “one-and-done” studio albums.

The Odd Trio – Birth Of The Minotaur (2012)

Out of the same Athens, GA college town that gave the world R.E.M. The B-52′s and The Drive-By Truckers, comes The Odd Trio.

Hafez Modirzadeh – Post-Chromodal Out! (2012)

Microtonal music theory teaches us, among other things, that being “out of tune” is a relative concept. What might sound off key to someone accustomed to strictly Western culture won’t sound that way at all