Fusion Jazz

Saffron – dawning (2013)

As a collision of creative impulses, Saffron is something special. Perhaps best described as kindred spirits from across the musical divide, this collective of artists takes to dawning with a spirit of openness

Ben Goldberg – Unfold Ordinary Mind (2013)

Ben Goldberg – Unfold Ordinary Mind (2013)

In 2008, clarinetist Ben Goldberg assembled a conventional ensemble to record music with unconventional underpinnings. In 2012, Goldberg again assembled an ensemble to record music with unconventional underpinnings, but this time, the structure of the group for these later sessions is unconventional to match.

Marbin – Last Chapter Of Dreaming (2013)

Marbin is presumably a hybrid of the last names of founders Danny Markovitch (saxophones) and Dani Rabin (guitar). The music of their latest album, Last Chapter Of Dreaming, is also a hybrid, but a hybrid that’s a little bit harder to describe. Nominally it’s jazz-rock, with dashes of klezmer, Spanish, new age, and prog-rock.

Exclusive stream: Michael Wolff and Mike Clark, “Hummin'” from Wolff and Clark Expedition (2013)

Here’s an exclusive preview stream from the exciting new collaboration between Michael Wolff (Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Cal Tjader) and Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Larry Coryell).

Kevin Eubanks – The Messenger (2013)

Now two years removed from his fifteen year stint leading the Tonight Show band for Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks makes his second post-Leno album The Messenger.

Confusion Bleue – East Side Banquet (2013)

Confusion Bleue – East Side Banquet (2013)

Confusion Bleue is a self-described “total improvisation unit” led by Japanese pianist Nobu Stowe (who also hold a PhD in Psychology) and Omaha native, drummer Ray Sage (formally of Reverb Motherfuckers).

Jawanza Kobie – Feels Better Than It Sounds (2013)

Across 10 original tracks, all but one of which is an instrumental, West Philadelphia keyboardist Jawanza Kobie crafts a layered, deeply enjoyable amalgam on the new release Feels Better Than It Sounds.

Larry Carlton – Four Hands and a Heart, Volume One (2012)

Larry Carlton – Four Hands and a Heart, Volume One (2012)

Amazon.com Widgets Back in high school while my buddies were air guitaring to Led Zeppelin, Boston and Lynard Skynard, ol’ Ish here played out fantasies of ripping up the fret board like Larry Carlton.

Little Worlds – Book Two EP (2013)

There are an awful lot of forward-thinking jazz musicians in Brooklyn and I’m going to tell you (once again) about one such group of guys.

Rock Candy Funk Party, featuring Joe Bonamassa – We Want Groove (2013)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kidas4E7S6g&w=420&h=315] Joe Bonamassa’s touring drummer, Tal Bergman, made an instrumental groove record with guitarist Ron DeJesus back in ’07, called Grooove Vol. 1. Well, Grooove Vol. 2 is now coming