Fusion Jazz

Pat Metheny – New Chautauqua (1979)

Pat Metheny – New Chautauqua (1979)

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this certain Pat Metheny album from long ago. Since the first time I’ve heard it in the music listening room at my college’s student union in the early ’80s, New Chautauqua (ECM Records) has been one of those records in which I’ve sought refuge

Sean Wayland – Click Track Jazz: Slave to The Machine, Vols. 1 & 2 (2012)

Sean Wayland – Click Track Jazz: Slave to The Machine, Vols. 1 & 2 (2012)

When Sean Wayland gets inspiration, he holds nothing back.

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Live (2012)

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Live (2012)

Nik Bärtsch calls a concert a “meditative and explosive form of collaboration,” but exactly the same can be said about his and his band Ronin’s self-described “ritual groove music.”

David Virelles – Continuum (2012)

David Virelles – Continuum (2012)

A young, prodigious Cuban born-and-raised pianist and composer recasts the folklore and culture of his homeland, filtered by the teachings of some of jazz’s greatest living avantists.

Hardcoretet – Do It Live (2012)

Hardcoretet – Do It Live (2012)

Bring up the word “hard core” to describe music and most people might think you’re referring to “hardcore punk” or “hardcore techno”, or any music with a louder, primitive edge to it.

Naked Truth – Ouroboros (2012)

Naked Truth – Ouroboros (2012)

Just a little more than a year after Italian power bassist Lorenzo Feliciati introduced the Naked Truth fusion-prog supergroup to the world with Shizaru, they’re back with another simultaneously fierce and fragile effort, Ouroboros.

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension – Now Here This (2012)

Twenty four albums in, and John McLaughlin is still blowing minds — both musically and, with the zen title here, conceptually. Still recording live, even in the digital age, even at the age of 70. Still kicking some serious, serious guitar ass.

The Fusion Syndicate, with Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Billy Sherwood – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)

The Fusion Syndicate, with Billy Cobham, Larry Coryell, Billy Sherwood – The Fusion Syndicate (2012)

Amazon.com Widgets Billy Sherwood, both with Yes and on his recent helming of the Prog Collective, has already established himself as a staunch advocate for the 1970s’ signature rock style. So why shouldn’t he do the same with 1970s jazz?

Joe Blessett – Changing Everything (2012)

Joe Blessett – Changing Everything (2012)

Amazon.com Widgets Joe Blessett offers that rarest of things – a jazz recording with as much risk as it has enterprise. Changing Everything reveals itself as by turn challenging and approachable, two things that so rarely share the same stage anymore.

Torben Waldorff – Wah-Wah (2012)

Torben Waldorff – Wah-Wah (2012)

If it’s an even-numbered year, it’s a safe bet that guitarist Torben Waldorff will have a new album out, and it’s a similarly sound assumption that such a record will be well-conceived, mellifluous, and briskly performed.