Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

The Ocular Concern – Sister Cities (2014)

The Ocular Concern – Sister Cities (2014)

The West Coast ensemble The Ocular Concern meekly touts their product as “Music for the Curious Listener,” but that belies a whole lot of adventure contained within their songs.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): John Scofield, Dave Holland, Spyro Gyra

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2013 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): John Scofield, Dave Holland, Spyro Gyra

When I sized up the best fusion jazz discs of 2013 at mid-year, I came up with ten I really liked a lot.

Calvin Keys – Electric Keys (2013)

Calvin Keys – Electric Keys (2013)

There aren’t a whole lot of guitarists who can claim fitting in with big names as diverse as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith and Bobby Hutcherson, but super sideman Calvin Keys has been there, done that.

One Track Mind: The Nth Power, “Thank You” (2013)

One Track Mind: The Nth Power, “Thank You” (2013)

As we — or me, anyway — await the first full album by one of New Orleans’ best-kept secrets of late, The Nth Power continues to tantalize.

Aaron Germain – Chance (2013)

Aaron Germain – Chance (2013)

In twenty years as a bass player who’s equally proficient on both the standup and electric, Aaron Germain has played in bands performing virtually every kind of music from every corner of the world

Bogdo Ula – The Return of the Sons of Ra (2013)

Bogdo Ula – The Return of the Sons of Ra (2013)

They gathered for five days at this countryside studio in Finland, plugging in and recording whatever happened.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Airstream” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “Airstream” (1979)

Danny Gottlieb tosses in a quick drum lick before the introductory chord sequence takes off. For just a few bars, there’s a chance that the non-stop energy of (Cross the) Heartland will be maintained.

simakDialog – The 6th Story (2013)

The Indonesian fusion scene is one of the great under noticed modern music developments currently going on in the world.

Mumpbeak – Mumpbeak (2013)

Oslo-based UK expatriate Roy Powell refuses to believe that prog-fusion has run its course, and it’s clear from his recorded work that he’s dedicated his musical career challenging that notion.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “(Cross the) Heartland” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny Group, “(Cross the) Heartland” (1979)

For me, it all started here, so this short story bears repeating. I was hanging out with a cousin, doing the usual late 70s thing. That is, listening to music, playing backgammon, and wondering if we’d ever get laid.