Fusion Jazz

Blue Cranes – Swim (2013)

It would be easy to assume that a discussion about a record produced by the Decembrists’ Nate Query and featuring a guest spots by the tUnE-yArDs’ Noah Bernstein and Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin is a discussion about an indie rock record

Dave Koz and Friends – Summer Horns (2013)

No summer barbecue is complete without the right soundtrack, and as a host, you have several choices: You can select straight ahead rock or some good soul music.

The Wrong Object – After the Exhibition (2013)

After five years, the Wrong Object returns with an expanded lineup — and a radically expanded sound palette, with bold electronic textures from new keyboardist Antoine Guenet and stunning harmonic complexities from a pair of saxists

Exclusive stream: Antoine Fafard with Jerry Goodman, “Peace for 4″ from Occultus Tramitis (2013)

This angular and exciting track, featuring a tornadic assist from violinist Jerry Goodman, opens bassist Antoine Fafard’s terrific new prog/fusion album Occultus Tramitis.

Bill Frisell – Big Sur (2013)

Bill Frisell – Big Sur (2013)

The progenitor of Americana jazz makes music that’s most directly inspired by a scenic crown jewel of Americana itself.

Aerophonic Records Two-fer: The Rempis Percussion Quartet – Phalanx; and Wheelhouse – Boss of the Plains (2013)

Earlier this year Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis launched his own record label Aerophonic to serve as the main home for his various projects and the first two of these recordings are hittin’ the streets

One Track Mind: The Nth Power, “Spirits” from the Basic Minimum Skills Test EP (2013)

Like The Endangered around this time last year, I came across a EP from a band just getting off the ground that stands out from the current crop of emerging acts

Pink Floyd, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Dr. John, the Byrds – The Dutch Woodstock (2013)

As a 17-band menu of bands gathered for the three-day Holland Pop Festival in June 1970 outside of Rotterdam, Bob Hite of Canned Heat summed things up perfectly: “I feel less uptight here than I ever have anywhere.”

One Track Mind: Bernie Mora and Tangent, “Dandelion” from Dandelion (2013)

One of my favorite Rush songs is “The Trees.” I love that brief acoustic, Renaissance mannered intro with a full-bodied metal guitar suddenly bursting in

Slobber Pup – Black Aces (2013)

What if early Soft Machine had a serious blues bent and hired an ace guitarist? Slobber Pup. What if Last Exit had swapped Peter Brötzmann for Larry Young? Slobber Pup. What if the Band of Gypsies had been strictly an instrumental outlet for Jimi Hendrix’s burgeoning fusion leanings? Slobber Pup.