Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

Half Notes: Turtleboy – Smart Matter (2011)

More on our series on “weird-assed trios”… Tenor saxophonist Jonathan Lindhorst and guitarist Ryan Butler went down to the Village Vanguard in New York five years ago to catch a Paul Motian Trio show, and got to meet with Motian Trio members Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano afterwards. The whole experience inspired them to start their own sax/guitar/drums trio andRead More

Gimme Five: Lenny White on "Vulcan Worlds," "Bitches Brew," "Sofistifunk," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to Lenny White, drummer with fusion-rock pioneers Return to Forever.

Something Else! Interview: Lenny White, of Return to Forever

Fusion jazz drummer Lenny White is prepping for a reunion with the newly expanded Return to Forever, which will make 32 stops in the U.S. beginning in Pittsburgh

Burning Gums – Burning Gums (2011)

A stylistic tour de force, this self-titled trio effort manages to take in many of jazz music’s most notable influences, even tosses in a dash of Pacific island flavor, but it never falls into the rote imitative traps of so many of today’s more traditionalist recordings.

Brainkiller – The Infiltration (2011)

Remember last month when I said I have more examples of weird-assed trios coming up? Here’s another one. Inspired by the long running Ray Anderson-led BassDrumBone trio, Brainkiller has Brian Allen manning the trombone and Hernan Hecht on drums, but substitutes the bass for keyboards and effects by Jacob Koller.

Half Notes: Fourth Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra – East Atlanta Passover Stomp (2009)

Half Notes: Fourth Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra – East Atlanta Passover Stomp (2009)

Out of Atlanta comes a large band of a very different kind: a ten-piece group that is built on the idea of combining afrobeat and klezmer music. Though they are more of a local outfit, they’ve gotten the attention and praise of musical tastemakers all over America and even across the pond. They descriptively call themselves the Fourth Ward Afro-KlezmerRead More

Gimme Five: Bill Summers on "God Make Me Funky," "Watermelon Man," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to percussionist Bill Summers.

One Track Mind: Wadada Leo Smith's Organic – "Don Cherry's Electric Sonic Garden" (2011)

The music of Wadada Leo Smith, no matter the setting, is spiritual, mesmerizing, purposeful and often dense. We found out back toward the end of ’09 just how dense his music can be

Grover Washington Jr. – Grover Live (2010)

by Mark Saleski I’m not one to quote Wikipedia, but this time around it makes perfect sense: “Smooth jazz is a sub-genre of jazz which is heavily influenced by R&B, funk, rock, and pop music styles (separately, or, in any combination).” This is an interesting definition because it highlights the point of contention: Is smooth jazz actually jazz? For theRead More

Dapp Theory – Layers of Chance (2008)

by Mark Saleski Some people really have the wrong idea about jazz. They think that most of it falls into two very broad categories: traditional, where guys in suits play an introductory theme before taking turns soloing over the developed chord changes; and avant-garde, also known as “cats-on-piano” jazz, where everybody just plays whatever the hell they want because, reallyRead More