Post Tagged with: "Fusion Jazz"

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

Claudio Scolari/Daniele Cavalca – Colors Of Red Island (2011)

Usually when we’re on the topic of a record led by a drummer, the story will be about a bandleader and sometimes, the primary composer, who also happens to be the drummer.

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Rocket Science (2011)

Sometimes old really is new again. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones existed as a trio for a handful of years after harmonica/pianist Howard Levy left, only to ask consistent fill-in saxophonist Jeff Coffin to join their ranks.

Half Notes: Taylor Haskins – Taylor Haskins + Recombination (2011)

Taylor Haskins, who’s done an impressive amount of soundtrack work, has put out an appropriately cinematic project here. Originally recorded in 2009, but just issued by NineteenEight Records earlier this month, Taylor Haskins + Recombination begins with the soaring sunrise of “Morning Chorale,” moves on into the rush-hour bustle of “Upward Mobility” and then the shimmering lyricism of “A LazyRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman called his music the Shape of Things to Come, then later harmolodics. Everyone else, eventually, came to call it free jazz. And that fits. It was, after all, so very free.

Gimme Five: Alphonse Mouzon on Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, solo songs

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to legendary fusion drummer Alphonse Mouzon.

Half Notes: The Elements of Jazz – The Elements of Jazz (2011)

The Elements of Jazz is a quartet from Miami bills themselves as “The New Sound of Miami,” with its clean and lean jazzy grooves that sharply contrast with the “new sound of Miami” from the 80s, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. The one common element is that both evoke the sights and sounds of South Florida; in theRead More