Fusion Jazz

Adam De Lucia – Hypnotist (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCfLn1yaw4g&w=500&h=305] Intrepid guitarist Adam De Lucia seeks to create electronic accompaniment that sounds downright human – and he largely succeeds on Hypnotist.

Jack DeJohnette Special Edition – Special Edition Box Set (2013)

Jack DeJohnette Special Edition – Special Edition Box Set (2013)

I would love to say that my introduction to Jack DeJohnette was his playing on Miles‘ Bitches Brew, or maybe his work with Charles Lloyd. I’d sound so hip!

Dylan Ryan Sand – Sky Bleached (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y33Gb2r9a4k&w=420&h=315] As a member of many an experimental or edgy band (Herculaneum, Cursive, Icy Demons, Michael Columbia), it’s not hard to surmise that when drummer Dylan Ryan got around to leading his own band, it would be out on the margins of music, too.

David Cain, with Paul Wertico – Feast for the Senses (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nd2Le9SHeU&w=500&h=305] An evening of improvised music becomes a thrilling journey into the imaginations of multi-instrumentalist David Cain and Grammy-awarding winning drummer Paul Wertico.

Flowtilla – Recalibration (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77yuAl2Zc_c&w=420&h=315] Last year we told you about this funky, compact combo from the San Francisco Bay area by the name of Flowtilla, and their last album Waves and Particles showed how you can wring a lot of funk from such a little band.

Triptet – Figure In The Carpet (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lcGp6XXHVY&w=420&h=315] The Seattle-based trio Triptet calls themselves “a meeting of minds and spontaneous electrical impulses between Michael Monhart (saxophones and percussion), Tom Baker (fretless guitar and effects), and Greg Campbell (percussion, french horn and cheap electronics).” I call them, simply, a trip.

Michael Blake – In The Grand Scheme Of Things (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB7aWTFGcuI&w=420&h=315] Vancouver native and saxophonist Michael Blake came back to this Canadian city after residing in NYC for a quarter century, and brought home a wealth of ideas with him.

Ratchet Orchestra – Hemlock (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk7NPU9jF3E&w=420&h=315] Jazz performed by large orchestras make up a big, important part of the history of jazz but the kind of big bands that get me fired up the most are ones who break from convention and behave like a rowdy, small band.

Sylvain Leroux – Quatuor Créole (featuring Karl Berger) (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MNXe-AZ4dY&w=420&h=315] If you don’t know anything else about the Montreal-born flautist Sylvain LeRoux and his music, just two things are instructive: he has a passion for Thelonious Monk and a passion for West African music.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2012: Indie Bands

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6TEcqDkTS0&w=500&h=305] This list is necessarily all over the map. Heck, in a lot of respects, there’s no map at all. You’ll find it in tatters down on the passenger-side floorboard. Delving into unsigned bands is like that.