Fusion Jazz

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Lone Jack” (1978)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Lone Jack” (1978)

Despite my musing last week that maybe April Joy is a more appropriate closer for this album, there’s no denying the fact that “Lone Jack” finishes things off on a note of bursting energy.

Scott Amendola and Charlie Hunter – Pucker (2013)

Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola have been performing together in perfect symmetry on and off for twenty years, now. But the master guitarist and master drummer each own two distinctively different songwriting styles

Brian Settles Trio – Folk (2013)

Just a couple of years ago, D.C.-area tenor sax maestro Brian Settles put forth his first album as a leader, Secret Handshake, a quietly probing record that ignored boundaries

Gimme Five: Herbie Hancock – The Complete Columbia Album Collection (2013)

Gimme Five: Herbie Hancock – The Complete Columbia Album Collection (2013)

Former collaborators Bill Summers and Mike Clark join us as we sort through a handful of ageless moments from the forthcoming Herbie Hancock box set, The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

Mark Lettieri – Futurefun EP (2013)

From live gigs with Erykah Badu and Pat Boone to recording with 50 Cent, gospel artist Myron Williams and the funk-jazz party band that he’s a member of, Snarky Puppy, DFW’s Mark Lettieri is a versatile guitarist, because he has to be.

Edward Ricart Quartet + Paul Dunmall – Chamaeleon (2013)

Whenever I encounter a band with nonconformist guitarist Edward Ricart in it — whether it’s Matta Gawa, Hyrrokkin or the Edward Ricart-Nick Millevoi Quartet — something exciting is going on.

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.