Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

The Friday Morning Listen: Peter Scherr – Son of August (2010)

by Mark Saleski Jazz fans have always been sort of coy with the word ‘fusion.’ We like to make jokes about it, even applying a nickname of sorts — The F-Word — because we’d hate to admit that we’re ever serious about the genre. Yeah, fusion seems to get the Playboy “I just read it for the articles” treatment. ThisRead More

The Yellowjackets – Timeline (2011)

Photo by Raj Naik by S. Victor Aaron Tomorrow, a jazz band that’s been around for 30 years will release their 21st album. Founded in the aftermath of Robben Ford’s The Inside Story (1979), Ford’s backing band has been making records since their self-titled album from 1981. Through several line-up changes, keyboardist Russell Ferrante and electric bassist Jimmy Haslip have beenRead More

A "Yo Miles!" (Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith) Two-fer! – Shinjuku and Lightning (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Since very early on we’ve eagerly pounced on records that re-image that dense, impenetrable period of Miles Davis between about 1969 and 1975 when he first defined fusion jazz and then kept redefining it again and again. This is music that doesn’t come easily to most people; they must go to it, get inside of itRead More

Bobby Selvaggio – Grass Roots Movement (2011)

Photo from www.BobbySelvaggio.com by S. Victor Aaron For a serious post-bop performer to take a leap into Grooveland, it can often be a risky bet. Will they be able to keep their artistic integrity? Will they even care? A couple of years ago, alto saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio made his second album (his first for the Arabesque Recordings label), leading aRead More

Ginger Baker – Horses & Trees (1986, 2011 reissue)

Ginger Baker – Horses & Trees (1986, 2011 reissue)

Fusion in the most complete sense of the word, Ginger Baker‘s all-too-brief Horses & Trees melds jazz, funk, world music, electronica, reggae, hip-hop and something noiser still.

Robben Ford – The Inside Story (1979)

Robben Ford – The Inside Story (1979)

Two weeks from today the Yellowjackets are set to release their 20th or so proper album, Timeline, and we’ll gonna give you the lowdown on it soon. But as the ‘Jackets celebrate thirty years of making records, it might be a good time to cast a gaze back on the record where one of jazz fusion’s most successful and longestRead More

Pablo Embon – Second Chances (2011)

The Friday Morning Listen: Pat Metheny – Imaginary Day (1997)

The Friday Morning Listen: Pat Metheny – Imaginary Day (1997)

by Mark Saleski I’ve been reading bits and pieces of Henry Miller’s The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, Miller’s collection of essays about his travels around the United States. The expatriate writer had wanted to see what his homeland had become, to get to the core of it all. As with all of his work, Miller pulled no punches — there were partsRead More

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Gerald Cleaver, along with Nasheet Waits, seems to always be the drummer on some really outstanding jazz records of late. Michael Formanek’s The Rub And Spare Change required virtuosic musicians playing at peak level to make it work, and Cleaver did his part and then some, helping to compel me to make this my Mainstream andRead More

Gimme Five: 1980s fusion albums that don't, you know, suck

Gimme Five: 1980s fusion albums that don't, you know, suck

The late Don Grolnick made only one fusion record, but it was a real beaut. by S. Victor Aaron Ahhh, the 80s. Big hair, big synthesizer sounds and programmed beats. That didn’t just happen with pop and rock, some of these trends seeped into contemporary jazz, too. This was the decade when much of what was considered fusion had morphedRead More