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Jazz fusion listening recommendations please

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Rockin John, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. I'm trying to expand my listening / musical horizons with some jazz fusion material.

    I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to make suggestions of which bands to try, on the following:

    Jazz rock fusion

    Jazz blues fusion

    Jazz funk fusion


  2. Here's a few to get you started:

    For jazz/rock fusion try Miles Davis' Live Evil or Bitches Brew.

    For jazz/funk fusion try Herbie Hancock's Headhunters or Thrust. For something newer check out John Scofield's A Go Go.

    For jazz/blues fusion try some of Robben Ford and Mike Stern's stuff. Stern is very jazz/rock at times as well.
  3. {OE}


    Sep 23, 2004
    Connecticut, U.S.
    Damn! beat me to it! Cant go wrong with any of those!

    The group "Sex Mob" have some pretty good "fusion" stuff too....

    How about some Afro-Cuban Jazz?

    Afromantra - Any, but esp. "Alignment", Buena Vista Social Club - Any, Abdullah Ibrahim - Any ( my fave is "African Magic"), would be a good start....
  4. Buckethead's Colma cd is kind of ...fusiony.

    Weather Report is Fusion too.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Jazz-Rock Fusion
    Return To Forever(the electric material such as No Mystery)
    Mahavishnu Orchestra(add Billy Cobham's solo stuff like Crosswinds, Spectrum, etc)
    Larry Coryell(Spaces)
    Alan Holdsworth I.O.U.(Metal Fatigue, I.O.U. Live, etc)
    Jeff Beck(Blow By Blow)
    Chick Corea's Elektric Band
    Tribal Tech
    John Zorn's Naked City(Naked City, Radio, etc)
    Steve Khan Eyewitness Band(Casa Loco, Eyewitness, etc)
    Front Page(Dennis Chambers/Bireli Lagrene, & Dominic DiPiazza)

    Jazz-Funk Fusion
    Brecker Brothers
    Miles Davis(Star People, We Want Miles, etc)
    Eddie Henderson(Sunburst)
    Herbie Hancock(Thrust, Fat Albert Rotunda, Headhunters, Man-Child, etc)
    The Crusaders(Images, Free As The Wind, etc)
    David Sanborn(the Marcus Miller discs)
    Jeff Lorber Fusion(Water Sign)
    Yellowjackets(their 1st 2 albums)

    Jazz-Blues Fusion
    Robben Ford
    Scott Henderson(Dog Party, Torn Down House, etc
    Derek Trucks(1st 2 albums)
    Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit(1st 2 albums)

    I really recommend Stuart Nicholson's Jazz-Rock: A History...great book, IMO.
  6. JimK,

    Have you listened to the new Elektric Band album? Good stuff on there. I've only had it for a couple days but it's great!
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I had it in my hands yesterday & passed; in the past, I woulda bought it the day it was released. I'm pretty sure I will get around to getting it, though.
    Dave B. recently turned me onto an Elektric Band thing with Mike Pope on bass; that was happenin'.

    I know you're a big Anthony Jackson fan-
    A friend has let me borrow Front Page(mentioned above in my post).
    Imagine Steve Khan's Eyewitness Band w/ Jaco sitting in.
  8. Hey Jim,

    Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to keep an eye out on audiophileimports. It looks like they're sold out right now. Does Amazon carry it?
  9. Thanks VERY much so far, folks.

    Living in a musical vacuum as I do, there's about 3 names in all of them that I've heard of (and prolly never knowingly listened to any of them :eyebrow: )

    I'm going to print the thread and drop down to my local library to see what I can find.

    I've a 1977 vinyl copy of the British jazz / rock outfit, Ian Carr's Nucleus. That's absolutely sensational stuff IMHO. But I think I might just have a stab at jazz blues first.

    Thanks again.

  10. This is my favorite genre so I've got some favorites...

    Sea Level - "Cat's on the Coast", "Stormfront"
    Dixie Dregs or The Dregs - Any of 'em
    Jeff Beck - "Wired", "There and Back", "Who'd You Expect"
    Flim & the BB's - "Tricycle"
    Michael Manring - "Thonk"
    Santana - "Caravan Serai", "Marathon", Dance of the Rainbow Serpent"

    Here's some names to look for...

    Tom Scott & the LA Express
    Jazz is Dead
    Paul Winter Consort
    Ronnie Laws (Sax)
    Hubert Laws
    Herbie Mann (flute)
    Billy Cobham (drums)
    Jeff Coffin's Mutet
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I like that album. Any band that can do a decent job of covering Full Moon's "Midnight Pass" is "OK" by me. ;)
  12. Damn, I forgot Jean Luc Ponty!
  13. about time someone mention beck!

  14. Funkize you

    Funkize you Guest

    Nov 4, 2003
    Westminster Ca.
    Return to Forever
    Mahavishnu Orchestra
    Rite of Strings

    Great Jazz/Fusion Groups.
  15. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones