Fusion Jazz

Ligro – Dictionary 2 (2012)

I don’t know too many jazz-fusion bands out of Indonesia. As a matter of fact, I only know of one, and if one is a good enough sample, then I’m ready to state that this nation out of Southeast Asia is a hotbed for vital, dynamic and just plain great sounding fusion.

Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura – Muku (2012)

Pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura take to Muku with designs on once again challenging the listener. The two have consistently done so throughout their impressive careers thus far, so it should come as no surprise

douBt – Mercy, Pity, Peace & Love (2012)

Both brash and calculating, the international trio douBt (yes, the capitalization is in the right place) has set out to do what few these days outside of Medeski Martin and Wood has been capable of doing

One Track Mind: Tim Kuhl, “Indigo Blue” (acoustic version) (2012)

Vimeo Tim Kuhl and his band will always cherish their excursions to the sunny beaches New York City’s Rockaway Peninsula from the Summer of 2012.

The Whammies – Play The Music Of Steve Lacy (2012)

Throughout his career Steve Lacy paid tribute to Thelonious Monk, and even dedicated numerous albums to Monk’s music. A lot of great jazz musicians feted Monk and were clearly influenced by the master pianist/composer, too, but perhaps not with the zeal of Lacy.

Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio – Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio (2012)

Cuban-born drummer Dafnis Prieto never makes two albums alike. So yeah, it’s a given that album #5 wasn’t going to be a retread of #’s 1,2,3 or 4, but who could have predicted this?

Jason Robinson – Tiresian Symmetry (2012)

The competing tubas heard on the opening seconds of Jason Robinson’s new big project Tiresian Symmetry made me instinctively utter three words: Very Very Circus.

Iron Dog – Interactive Album Rock (2012)

Straight out of Brooklyn is a improvisational trio that frolics far in the outer reaches of avant-garde. Iron Dog, consisting of Sarah Bernstein (digitally altered violin, poetry recital), Stuart Popejoy (electric bass, synthesizer) and Andrew Drury (drums, mayhem), create odd sounds both digital and analog

Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask – Howl!

When we last checked in with Peter Van Huffel, he was piloting a delicate dance between modern jazz and out jazz for his quartet’s Like The Rusted Key (2010).

Travis and Fripp – Follow (2012)

Travis and Fripp – Follow (2012)

Theo Travis and Robert Fripp improvise, but not in ways that fit the typical narrative. No hothouse, smoke-filled jazz club. No porkpie hats and double-breasted suits. Instead, they’ve more often co-mingled in glacial, cerulean placity