Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

Donny McCaslin – Casting For Gravity (2012)

Donny McCaslin – Casting For Gravity (2012)

Perpetual Motion was Donny McCaslin’s big change of direction record, one which brought him a bevy of accolades last year, and rightly so, for a successful transition from the acoustic format to one that intelligently blends acoustic with electronic sonorities.

São Paulo Underground – Tres Cabeças Loucuras (2011)

When Chicago-based trumpeter/cornetist Rob Mazurek decided to dig deeper and absorb the rich and festive melodies of Brazilian music, he didn’t do so by merely listening to a bunch of Jobim records

Steve Gadd on ‘Aja,’ ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,’ ‘Take It Away,’ others: Gimme Five

Steve Gadd takes us inside mythical sessions with Paul Simon, Paul McCartney and Steely Dan.

Desert Island Discs: 1970s Fusion Edition

Turns out, this was one funky ship that ran ashore. Our latest Desert Island Disc lists focus on 1970s fusion, and top vote-getters included Herbie Hancock’s thunderously groove-filled 1973 triumph Head Hunters.

Animation – Transparent Heart (2012)

Coming off of not one but two albums of the same live concert performing the songs of Bitches Brew, Bob Belden decided to wipe the slate clean on his exciting, hard-hitting fusion band Animation and turn inward for inspiration.

Lee Ritenour – Rhythm Sessions (2012)

“I love making albums!” declared super session guitar player Lee Ritenour, and he continues: “For me, creating a new project from beginning to end, is one of the most musically and spiritually rewarding things that I do in my life.”

Tia Fuller – Angelic Warrior (2012)

Saxophonist, flautist and composer Tia Fuller has stated that “the Beyoncé gig has helped me to really appreciate the artistry and freedom that we have in jazz,” a conclusion borne out of five years performing in the pop diva’s band.

On Second Thought: Enrico Rava – The Pilgrim and the Stars (1975)

“Woo!!!” And with that, we have “2” — the official total number of “Woo!”‘s in the ECM catalog. This one comes from Enrico Rava, as guitarist John Abercrombie unleashes a particularly intense solo passage.

YamaYama – Party Dog (2012, EP)

Remember when fusion jazz was both fertile and fun? Eugene, Oregon’s YamaYama does.

Carl Weingarten – Panomorphia (2012)

I’m often amazed at the technique displayed by some of the world’s finest guitarists, but over time, I’ve also come to appreciate the sounds wrung from a guitar by some of the more out-of-the-box practitioners of the instrument.