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Before Bitches Brew: Five really great early fusion albums

Some twenty-five years ago when compact discs began to overtake vinyl as the music media of choice, I joined one of those mail-order record clubs as a way to quickly build up a foundation for my fledgling CD collection.

Movies: Stan Getz Quartet – Live At Montreux 1972 (2013)

Movies: Stan Getz Quartet – Live At Montreux 1972 (2013)

It seems that in the early seventies, many of the notable jazz musicians of the sixties went electric and dabbled in fusion.

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin – Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux (2013)

There’s a sense of homecoming, both in the musical selection and in the easy collaborative verve, about Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin’s Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux.

David Weiss & Point of Departure – Venture Inward (2013)

Sometimes, a good thing is worth repeating. In 2010, Weiss released Snuck In, a souvenir from a club date in NYC two years earlier (additional tracks from that gig were issued the following year as Snuck Out).

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.

Spectrum Road – Spectrum Road (2012)

Spectrum Road – Spectrum Road (2012)

Fusion jazz is a music form where there’s been very little out there truly fresh and new for a long while. Spectrum Road changes that.

Vernon Reid on Spectrum Road, Living Colour and James ‘Blood’ Ulmer: Gimme Five

Vernon Reid on Spectrum Road, Living Colour and James ‘Blood’ Ulmer: Gimme Five

Vernon Reid has a busy 2012 on tap, with a new collaboration as a part of Spectrum Road and then the latest project with Living Colour.

Vernon Reid, of Spectrum Road and Living Colour: Something Else! Interview

Vernon Reid, of Spectrum Road and Living Colour: Something Else! Interview

Founding Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid is playing a different tune these days – a hard-driving jazz-rock tune alongside an all-star cast of Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman-Santana.

Gimme Five: Jazz's greatest final recordings from John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, others

“Thank you very much, you make me feel so wonderful. It’s been a pleasure being here but I really must go now, it’s so hot.” — Clifford Brown at the end of his final performance, June 25, 1956

Gimme Five: Underrated examples of when jazz guys got funky

A look at five jazz albums with grooves in the pocket — even if they weren’t much in the press.

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