Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

Bruce Kaphan Quartet – Bruce Kaphan Quartet (2012)

One thing became readily apparent to me from listening to Bruce Kaphan’s new album and that is, Kaphan and I are in strong agreement that there really isn’t any reason why the pedal steel guitar doesn’t belong in jazz or any other styles of music.

Mandingo Ambassadors – Tougna (2012)

Since around the 13th century, the Kouyaté family has upheld a proud tradition as oral historians and folk virtuosic musicians, or griots, serving ancient kings who once ruled over West Africa.

One Track Mind: Grant Geissman, "Good Morning, Mr. Phelps" (2012)

The name “Grant Geissman” comes up and my mind’s radio instantly tunes to Chuck Mangione’s 1978 hit “Feels So Good,” the highlight of which is Geissman’s flashy guitar solo

Desert Island Discs: Double Album Edition

Travel back with us now to a time when rock stars, given a chance to make one good album, would often double down. Did “more” necessarily equal “better”? Well, no, actually. But that’s an argument for a different day.

Vinny Golia Sextet – Abstractions and Retrocausalities (2011)

It used to be, “West Coast jazz” meant Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Shelly Manne and Chet Baker. When thinking of West Coast jazz today, my thoughts tend toward Scott Amendola, Alex Cline, Sarah Wilson, Will Bernard, Rich Halley, Jeff Gauthier

Ryan Meagher – Tone (2012)

Guitarist Ryan Meagher describes his music in very straightforward terms; he calls it “modern jazz for the indie rocker.”

S. Victor Aaron’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012, Part 4 of 4: Fusion Jazz

And now for the final installment of my first-ever, mid-year assessment of what are the best records we’ve covered here on SER. This time, we survey that murky hybrid world called “fusion jazz.”

Cory Wong – Quartet/Quintet (2012)

Nearly every fusion jazz artist has a straight jazz side inside of them, and although not as often, the reverse is often true, too.

Nick DeRiso’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012: Blues and Jazz

Already, we’ve seen the blues and jazz genres enlivened by a series of out-of-nowhere surprises that included Little Feat, Wes Montgomery (yes, Wes Montgomery!) and Bonnie Raitt

Forgotten series: Pat Metheny – Bright Size Life (1976)

I’ve always been amazed that Bright Size Life was Metheny’s debut recording.