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On Second Thought: Fareed Haque – Out of Nowhere (2013)

Fareed Haque’s masterful fluidity is all over Out of Nowhere, the guitarist’s latest record. For this round, the Chicago-based musician forges ahead through a collection of standards and originals

Fareed Haque – Out of Nowhere (2013)

Fareed Haque boasts a pallette accustomed to varied musical tastes. Raised in Chicago by a Chilean mother and a Pakistani father, he grew into roving cross-cultural genius on guitar. But this is not that kind of record.

Garaj Mahal – More Mr. Nice Guy, plus a bonus from Fareed Haque! (2010)

Garaj Mahal – More Mr. Nice Guy, plus a bonus from Fareed Haque! (2010)

by Pico Right about a year and a half ago, jam band extraordinaire Garaj Mahal wowed us with their nimble, creative offering w00t, which made 2008’s “Best Of” list of fusion records, and contained a killer track I thought topped all other songs in the fusion jazz category. Now in their tenth year of existence, this quartet of jazz-rock-world musicRead More

Fareed Haque + The Flat Earth Ensemble – Flat Planet (2008)

Fareed Haque + The Flat Earth Ensemble – Flat Planet (2008)

by Pico Fareed Haque has become one difficult dude to ignore whenever you talk about fusion these days, including world fusion. He’s come up prominently in reviews of the latest by the Dixon-Rhyne Project and the jam band supergroup he helped to form, Garaj Mahal. Of Chilean and Pakistani descent, Haque is a complete master at both classical and jazzRead More

The Best of 2008, Part 3: Rock Fusion & World Fusion Jazz

The Best of 2008, Part 3: Rock Fusion & World Fusion Jazz

photo: Rueters (R.I.P. Esbjörn) by Pico With the best releases of the more mainstream type of jazz examined, it’s time to take a look at jazz hybrids, or fusion. In years past,”fusion” usually meant just jazz-rock fusion. Increasingly, even jazz-rock music has become more fragmented, as we’ve seen an explosion of electro-acoustic jazz that adorns advanced modern jazz with anRead More

Garaj Mahal – w00t (2008)

Garaj Mahal – w00t (2008)

Photo: Susan J. Weiand by Pico With jazz fusion having been around for some forty years, now, it’s not so easy to be distinctive in that field anymore. Garaj Mahal manages to stick out, mainly due to massive chops by all four group members and a dizzying array of influences each group member brings to the table. Those influences getRead More

Dixon-Rhyne Project – Reinvention (2008)

Here’s a case of “old school meets new school.” Saxophonist Rob Dixon, who we earlier introduced as a key player in Derrick Gardner’s Jazz Prophets, is another Indianapolis-based jazz talent who’s been getting notice since the mid-nineties as an up and comer for both his playing and composing. Hammond B3 organ maestro Melvin Rhyne, on the other hand, has beenRead More

Forgotten series: Tony Williams, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove – Pride of Lions (1992)

by Nick DeRiso Imagine a swinging Chopin, or Chick Corea with a case of classical gas. That’s the vision of James L. Mack — and it comes into focus on “Pride of Lions,” featuring a slew of stars from Tony Williams and Roy Hargrove, to Bobby Watson and Philip Bailey. I picked it up because I love Williams, the one-timeRead More

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