Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

John Zorn, with Abraxas – Psychomagia (2014)

John Zorn, with Abraxas – Psychomagia (2014)

Though I don’t know exactly what Psychomagia means, the name oddly fits the sometimes-manic and often-magical music performed on John Zorn’s latest project to be released, out just last month from his Tzadik label.

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (2014)

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (2014)

If jazz is dead, then why are there still new forms of it popping up everywhere?

Lorenzo Feliciati and Colin Edwin – Twinscapes (2014)

Lorenzo Feliciati and Colin Edwin – Twinscapes (2014)

We never question the notion of two guitarists playing alongside each other but the idea of two bassists doubling up the low end still seems to be an exotic proposition.

Wayne Escoffery Quintet – Live At Firehouse 12 (2014)

Wayne Escoffery Quintet – Live At Firehouse 12 (2014)

Wayne Escoffery returns to his hometown New Haven, Connecticut to tape a live performance with his latest quintet and the feels right at home during the gig, captured on his upcoming album Live At Firehouse 12.

Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance – Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance (2014)

Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance – Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance (2014)

Though my mind sometimes likes to classify all “big band” jazz into that Benny Goodman/Glenn Miller/Paul Whiteman box, doing so ignores the innovations in working with larger groups brought by Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra and, mostly prominently, Duke Ellington.

Something Else! sneak peek: Nels Cline Singers, “Companion Piece” from Macroscope (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Nels Cline Singers, “Companion Piece” from Macroscope (2014)

Wilco lead axe man and everyone’s favorite experimental rock-jazz guitarist Nels Cline is poised to unleash his fifth album leading his Nels Cline Singers on April 29.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – New Ammo (2014)

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – New Ammo (2014)

Karl Denson’s longtime outfit Tiny Universe has evolved a bit over the past fifteen or so years, but the basic mission has always been to make audiences move.

Aram Bajakian – there were flowers also in hell (2014)

Aram Bajakian – there were flowers also in hell (2014)

Aram Bajakian had spent the last couple of years touring with the late, great Lou Reed, but this guitarist’s own music had been taking a walk on the wild side well before that.

Something Else! sneak peek: Sly 5th Ave, “Deme” from Akuma (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Sly 5th Ave, “Deme” from Akuma (2014)

Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II is a jazz saxophonist you should get very familiar with, especially once his debut album Akuma hits the streets on February 11. You don’t have to remember that name though, “Sly 5th Ave” will work just fine.

Ensemble, Et Al. – Present Point Passed (2014)

Ensemble, Et Al. – Present Point Passed (2014)

Ensemble, Et Al. is a four-piece band that could have just as easily been named “Percussion, Unlimited” for its makeup of all-percussive instruments: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums, Indian cowbells and Tibetan Bowls.