Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

Marbin, “African Shabtay” from Aggressive Hippies (2015): One Track Mind

Marbin, “African Shabtay” from Aggressive Hippies (2015): One Track Mind

Not content with the high bar they set for themselves, Marbin raises their game higher still for “African Shabtry” and the new album ‘Aggressive Hippies.’

Tim Kuhl, “Wave (of Dreams), remixed by Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Tim Kuhl, “Wave (of Dreams), remixed by Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Wilco keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen transformed Kuhl’s Euro-pop song “Wave (of Dreams)” into something move-inducing and a little intriguing as well.

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Pridgen plays tricky odd-metered rhythms, Laswell’s formidable bass sets the parameters for the melody and Sopko goes balls-out free to push over the ledge a performance already on the edge.

John McLaughlin – Black Light (2015)

John McLaughlin – Black Light (2015)

‘Black Light’ shows the still-vital John McLaughlin with the help of his spirited band the 4th Dimension incrementally pushing his craft forward.

Miles Davis pushed free-form fusion to the very limit with On the Corner

Miles Davis pushed free-form fusion to the very limit with On the Corner

Released on Oct. 11, 1972, Miles Davis’ ‘On the Corner’ remains fresh and funky. So, why isn’t it more widely accepted as a fusion masterpiece?

Animation featuring Bob Belden – Machine Language (2015)

Animation featuring Bob Belden – Machine Language (2015)

Animation’s ‘Machine Language,’ a final gift from Bob Belden, leaves no doubt that his adventurous spirit lives on. Hopefully, forever.

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Step It Up (2015)

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Step It Up (2015)

‘Step It Up’ is not merely a title just as ‘The Jeff Lorber Fusion’ isn’t merely a name. It’s a challenge and Lorber with Jimmy Haslip rose up to meet it.

AndersonPonty Band, “I See You Messenger” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

AndersonPonty Band, “I See You Messenger” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

AndersonPonty Band’s “I See You Messenger” is a meeting of the minds between two still-vibrant and visionary musicians from the ’70s.

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1973, 2015 Audio Fidelity reissue)

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1973, 2015 Audio Fidelity reissue)

John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra were busy creating new conventions, and ‘Birds of Fire’ set the bar high even as the band itself soon afterwards disintegrated. The Audio Fidelity version of their finest album makes their innovations a little more manifest.

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (2015)

Rock Candy Funk Party – Groove Is King (2015)

In spite of more modern touches, no one will call ‘Groove Is King’ outdated in twenty years because of the time-honored ways it was conceived and put together.