Classic Fusion

Jazz music community with reviews, MP3 (free download/stream) and forums

The Classic Fusion genre at JMA includes those jazz artists who added rock, funk and world beat influences to jazz in the late 60s and 70s, and also to those artists who continue to play in this original fusion style today. Some important leaders in this genre include; Larry Coryell, Tony Williams, Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Return to Forever and Soft Machine.

Rock musicians who use jazz as part of their musical language can be found in the Jazz Related Rock genre. Other more modern style jazz fusion artists can be found in the (Post 70s) Eclectic Fusion genre.

classic fusion top albums

Showing only albums and live's | Based on members ratings & JMA custom algorithm | 60 min. caching

MILES DAVIS In a Silent Way Album Cover In a Silent Way
MILES DAVIS
4.69 | 90 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MILES DAVIS Bitches Brew Album Cover Bitches Brew
MILES DAVIS
4.67 | 81 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
HERBIE HANCOCK Crossings Album Cover Crossings
HERBIE HANCOCK
4.67 | 47 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
JEAN-LUC PONTY Enigmatic Ocean Album Cover Enigmatic Ocean
JEAN-LUC PONTY
4.73 | 24 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA The Inner Mounting Flame Album Cover The Inner Mounting Flame
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA
4.64 | 62 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MILES DAVIS Get Up With It Album Cover Get Up With It
MILES DAVIS
4.66 | 27 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MILES DAVIS Pangaea Album Cover Pangaea
MILES DAVIS
4.68 | 20 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
EDDIE HENDERSON Realization Album Cover Realization
EDDIE HENDERSON
4.79 | 11 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MILES DAVIS Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall Album Cover Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall
MILES DAVIS
4.64 | 23 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
MILES DAVIS Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It's About That Time Album Cover Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970): It's About That Time
MILES DAVIS
4.79 | 9 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TERJE RYPDAL Terje Rypdal Album Cover Terje Rypdal
TERJE RYPDAL
4.81 | 8 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH Metal Fatigue Album Cover Metal Fatigue
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH
4.69 | 12 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
This list is in progress since the site is new. We invite all logged in members to use the "quick rating" widget (stars bellow album covers) or post full reviews to increase the weight of your rating in the global average value (see FAQ for more details). Enjoy JMA!

New classic fusion free MP3/Stream

No classic fusion MP3s available for streaming.

classic fusion online videos

classic fusion New Releases

.. Album Cover
Return of Robert Dickson
Album
TEEMU VIINIKAINEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dream
Album
KINGA GŁYK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Essais Vol. 2
Album
PIERRE DE BETHMANN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Desire / Target
Boxset / Compilation
TOM SCOTT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rocks, Pebbles And Sand / Let Me Know You
Boxset / Compilation
STANLEY CLARKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Phantazia / Hold On
Boxset / Compilation
NOEL POINTER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Between Nothingness & Eternity / Visions Of The Emerald Beyond
Boxset / Compilation
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Soulmation
Album
GREG SKAFF
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
WAW NYC
Album
MAREK NAPIÓRKOWSKI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Holiday On Fire
Album
TORBEN WALDORFF
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Möbius
Album
PETE LEVIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
El corazón de las ballenas
Album
PASAJERO LUMINOSO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Suite Elemental
Album
JOSIAH WOODSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Tide Turns
Album
BRAD CHEESEMAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
La Sombra
Album
CHIP WICKHAM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Le Mouvement Crée la Matière
Album
GRÉGORY SALLET
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A Diesel City
Album
VINCE DIESEL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Second City
Album
ADAM LARSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Kürrent
Album
BRIAN CHARETTE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy - Live
Live album
STANLEY CLARKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
One In Mind
Album
DYLAN TAYLOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Freeway Jam Radio Broadcast 1978
Live album
STANLEY CLARKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Romantic Funk
Album
ORLANDO LE FLEMING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Turning
Album
ISSEI NORO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dusk
Album
COREY CHRISTIANSEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Bug
Album
MILES DONAHUE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Concert anniversaire 30 ans
Live album
HENRI TEXIER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Barney's Bounce
Album
FUSE PATROL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Resonance
Album
ISAMU MCGREGOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Protocol 4
Album
SIMON PHILLIPS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
密着age18-20
Movie
SENRI KAWAGUCHI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live At The Village Gate
Live album
TONY WILLIAMS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Trip
Album
MIKE STERN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
To the Moon
Album
PAWEL ORLOW
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live At The ACAD
Boxset / Compilation
PAT METHENY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Clark Sommers Lens : By A Thread
Album
CLARK SOMMERS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Drum 'N' Voice,Vol.1-4
Boxset / Compilation
BILLY COBHAM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Press Enter
Album
GREG LAMY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live at Ronnie Scott's
Live album
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live In New York 1969
Live album
TONY WILLIAMS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Late Trane
Album
DENYS BAPTISTE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Plays Hendrix
Album
MACHINE MASS TRIO / MACHINE MASS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tráfico
Album
JUAN TORRES FERNÁNDEZ
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Spirits
Album
ZEM AUDU
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dice
Album
ADAM ROGERS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rock Music
Album
BASTET
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Start The Reactor
Album
NOAH YOUNG
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
No Answer
Album
DUŠAN JEVTOVIĆ
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sonic Stew
Album
PATRICK BUTLER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Celebrate
Boxset / Compilation
PRISM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sum of Parts
Album
DEAN WATSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
80 Jahre - Das Jubiläumskonzert
Live album
WOLFGANG DAUNER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Satori
Live album
JOSEPHINE DAVIES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Twin Peaks tribute (live)
Live album
MARIMBA PLUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Quintet
Album
ERIK JEKABSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Definitive Collection
Boxset / Compilation
STANLEY CLARKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Polish Radio Jazz Archives Vol. 28
Live album
ZBIGNIEW NAMYSŁOWSKI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Ma De Re Sha
Album
RAHUL MUKERJI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bertiga : Faces
Album
TOHPATI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Reasons Don't Change
Album
HENRY SPENCER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live Alive (absolutely) - expanded Version
Boxset / Compilation
PRISM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Selected Works Part 2 - 1976 to 1980
Boxset / Compilation
RYO KAWASAKI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Boundary Issues
Album
CHRIS GREENE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Moments Captured
Album
ALEX SIPIAGIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hudson
Album
JACK DEJOHNETTE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Jazz Years
Live album
DARYL RUNSWICK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
New Helsinki
Album
OLLI HIRVONEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rules of Oppression
Album
SHALOSH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reach
Album
CHRISTIAN SANDS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Points Of View
Album
TOM KENNEDY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bright Eyes
Album
VICTOR PROVOST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Like, Strange
Album
JOE FIEDLER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Guitar Band
Live album
BOB REYNOLDS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Three (Two Girls and a Boy)
Album
ROGER KEMP BIWANDU
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unshot Movies
Album
JAVIER GIROTTO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Live In Olympia,Washington 1976
Live album
GARY BURTON
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
At Onkel PÖ´s Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978
Live album
DIZZY GILLESPIE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Pekka
Album
VERNERI POHJOLA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Deep As the Night
Album
SPECIAL EFX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reflections
Album
XAVI REIJA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
True North
Album
ASHLEY SUMMERS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Musician
Live album
CHICK COREA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rumbler
Album
BILL ANSCHELL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Gustavo Cortinas Snapshot : Esse
Album
GUSTAVO CORTIÑAS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Gravity Zero
Album
LAURENT COULONDRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Delta
Album
IGOR GEHENOT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Counteraction
Album
PARTIKEL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Helsinki Tapes Vol 1
Live album
HEIKKI SARMANTO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Helsinki Tapes Vol 3
Live album
HEIKKI SARMANTO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rebirth
Album
T-SQUARE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Grace
Album
MARK WHITFIELD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Level 8
Album
RYO KAWASAKI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Preverbal
Album
MATTHEW STEVENS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Jonathan Rowden Group : Skyward Eye
Album
JONATHAN ROWDEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Weather Or Not
Album
GERRY GIBBS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bass Ball
Album
BUNNY BRUNEL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
la diversité
Album
NICOLAS KUMMERT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Man Who Changed Guitar Forever
Boxset / Compilation
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Eidolon
Boxset / Compilation
ALLAN HOLDSWORTH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
New York November 1979
Live album
PAT METHENY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sleepwalkers
Album
OMER KLEIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sans Mots
Album
ALEXANDRA LEHMLER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
East West Time Line
Album
KEVIN EUBANKS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Transitions
Album
DAVID GILMORE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Planetary Prince
Album
CAMERON GRAVES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Landed in Brooklyn
Album
JULIAN & ROMAN WASSERFUHR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Godspeed
Album
MORTEN SCHANTZ
Buy this album from MMA partners

classic fusion Music Reviews

ART LANDE Art Lande And Rubisa Patrol ‎: Desert Marauders

Album · 1978 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Steve Wyzard
CLASSIC FUSION IT IS!

First, let's clear up the confusion. The name of the group is Rubisa Patrol, led by pianist Art Lande. Their first album in 1976, with a different drummer, was entitled Rubisa Patrol. The opening track of 1978's Desert Marauders, their second album, is entitled "Rubisa Patrol", but this track did not appear on the similarly-titled first album. Got it?

All that being said, Desert Marauders couldn't be more different from the first album, even though the two were recorded only 13 months apart. Rubisa Patrol has become one of the classic examples of brooding ECM melancholy and could almost be labeled World Fusion. Desert Marauders, on the other hand, is a far more vigorous musical statement, and in spite of being entirely acoustic, can more than hold its own when being compared to other Classic Fusion albums from the same time period.

Opener "Rubisa Patrol" is a rhythmic 15:57 epic and a jaw-dropping stunner. New drummer Kurt Wortman's vehement flourishes let everyone know immediately that this album will be different. Lande's playing has never been so vibrant, almost reminding one of fellow ECM pianist Bobo Stenson. After a number of starts and stops, Lande and trumpeter Mark Isham both take among their longest solos ever, and then meticulously double-track one another while playing the complex, long-lined final section. Isham's only composition on this album is "Livre (Near the Sky)", a light and airy respite after the dynamic opener. "El Pueblo de las Vacas Triste" begins leisurely but soon picks up speed, while "Perelandra" (a C.S. Lewis influence, perhaps?) is the one track most reminiscent of the previous album with its Bill Douglass flute solo. And if you couldn't get enough of the spirited "Rubisa Patrol", closer "Samsara" is a mini-epic that provides more of the same.

After making one of the stand-out albums of 1978, this group never recorded for ECM again, although they continued to perform together into the early 1980s. Lande would go on to record with Gary Peacock, Paul McCandless, and a heavily-synthesized duet with Isham, but never again did anything approaching Desert Marauders. The real mystery still to be solved is the reason why this album and its predecessor have never been released on CD.

MACHINE MASS TRIO / MACHINE MASS Plays Hendrix

Album · 2017 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
js
If you are going to make a tribute album, you might as well aim high, and that is what Machine Mass has done on their latest outing as they take on the timeless songs of Jimi Hendrix. Not only was Hendrix a pyrotechnical guitar wizard, but he was also a gifted songwriter and tireless innovator in the studio. It’s a tall order to try and do something new with these Hendrix creations, but Machine Mass does well in rising to the occasion, mostly by not trying to imitate Jimi too much. Instead, Machine Mass manage to draw something new out of these well known tracks by following their own musical instincts. For those unfamiliar with the group, Mass consists of Michel Deville on guitar and electronics, and Tony Bianco on drums. On past albums they were joined by a guest woodwind player, but this time around they opt for avant art rocker, Antoine Guenet from Universe Zero, on keyboards, who brings much to the Mass mix.

This CD opens strong with a roving psychedelic jam on “Third Stone from the Sun”. Delville quite wisely does not attempt to imitate Hendrix, but instead supplies his own blazing fusion/rock solos. Bianco’s drumming, on the other hand, does seem to be a tribute to the style of Mitch Mitchell, a stylistic tribute that Bianco maintains throughout the whole album, although Tony flavors his Mitchell type approach with a bit more free post bop swing. The end result is one can hear just how jazz influenced Mitch was when he was jamming with Jimi, its not a far leap from Mitchell’s drum style to a more free-form post bop approach. Some of the other best tracks on this CD come early on, especially “Spanish Castle Magic”, which gives Guenet a chance to provide an over the top B3 solo that is parts Jamie Saft, the young Jon Lord and classic horror movie soundtracks. It would have been nice to hear more Guenet B3 solos on here, he has a very unique and intense take on organ soloing.

Generally, the songs on here don’t adhere too closely to Jimi’s versions, but instead use his music as a jumping off point for free form psychedelic fusion jamming. If you can imagine Ozric Tentacles with a post bop drummer, that might get you close to the sound on here. This mostly works, except for a couple tracks where things get a bit murky, particularly “Little Wing” and “You Got Me Floatin”. Whether one would have wanted Mass to stay closer to Jimi’s melodies and chord sequences is probably a matter of personal preference. Overall, this is a very good tribute by the Mass gang, and a strong addition to the many Hendrix covers already in existence.

DUŠAN JEVTOVIĆ No Answer

Album · 2017 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
js
On Dustan Jevtovic’s previous album, “Am I Walking Wrong?”, he served up noisy guitar textures backed by a muscular jazz rock rhythm section. If you were expecting more of the same on his follow up album, “No Answer”, you may be in for a surprise as Dusan has decided to change up direction quite a bit. The heavy fusion drum and bass rhythm duo of the previous album is gone, and in their place on this new CD is a more swingin jazzy fusion drummer in Asaf Sirkis, plus the romantic classical meets post bop keyboard work of Vasil Hadzimanov. Dusan has also changed his approach to the guitar on “No Answer” as well. Whereas on “Walking Wrong” he veered away from solos per se and concentrated more on dissonant sounds and metallic textures, on “No Answer”, he provides scorching jazz fusion rides and plenty of fleet fretboard work. The combination of Dusan’s heavy guitar and Vasil’s fluid acoustic piano might seem like an odd match, but they make it work while they produce a sound that is quite different from anyone else.

Lots of interesting cuts on here, “Lifetime” is the rockin number, and possibly it is a tribute to the Tony Williams group of the same name. On “Yo Sin Mi” they almost sound like vintage Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays, only darker and less pastoral. Title cut, “No Answer“, features dramatic Eastern Europe piano chords topped with a snarling guitar solo, and “Prayer” sounds like its name in a Middle Eastern tonality. There’s even a taste of post bop swing on “El Oro”. Throughout this CD there is often a East European and/or Middle Eastern flavor to the melodies, while the sound production reflects a modern darkness and somber ambience.

MACHINE MASS TRIO / MACHINE MASS Plays Hendrix

Album · 2017 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
kev rowland
Yet again there have been some changes in the Machine Mass camp, and here founder members, guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object; douBt; Alex Maguire Sextet) and drummer Anthony Bianco (douBt; Elton Dean; Dave Liebman) have brought in keyboard player Antoine Guenet (The Wrong Object; Sh.TG.N; Univers Zero), to assist them in their adventures. As a starting point the album is quite simple in its intent, namely that in one day last March the trio recorded some Hendrix songs live in the studio to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Are You Experienced?’. It’s just from there that it gets a little more complex.

I am sure that everyone has their favourite Hendrix songs, and probably also their favourite Hendrix covers. For me there has always been something whimsical and emotive about ‘The Wind Cries Mary”, while I still believe that The Hamsters monumental album from 1990, ‘Electric Hamsterland’, takes some beating. But what we have here is something that Hendrix himself would have probably appreciated, namely three top musicians taking his songs as a starting point and then improvising, twisting and melding, them into something that is barely recognisable yet paying true homage to the craftsman who created them initially. Whenever a guitarist dares to cover a song created by a master then they are putting themselves up to fail, but what Michel has done here brilliantly is not only show that he too is a genius with his instrument, but has filled the interpretations full of jazz intensity and experimentalism, to create something that cannot be directly compared as it is just so very different indeed.

While fans of Jimi will enjoy hearing what Machine Mass have managed to do with classic Hendrix songs, this album is also very much for those who may not be close to the originals. Antoine uses some wonderful Hammond sounds as he Anthony try to keep everything under control while Michel sounds like he is deconstructing his guitar while somehow keeping sounds emanating from it. This album is incredibly impressive on every level, from the musicianship and arrangements through to the way they have ripped this material to pieces and then put it back, lovingly and with honour, into a brand-new format. And that they finish with “The Wind Cries Mary” is the icing on the cake. Superb.

DUŠAN JEVTOVIĆ No Answer

Album · 2017 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
kev rowland
t must be said that I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of Dušan’s last release, 2013’s ‘Am I Walking Wrong’, and I think it was probably the first time I had ever given a Moonjune album a poor review, but I just didn’t get it. So, when this arrived in the post one day I wasn’t immediately over-enamoured, but I opened the digipak and realised that the drummer was none other than Asaf Sirkis, someone whose work I highly admire. The line-up was completed by Vasil Hadzimanov on acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano and Mini Moog bass, and I was immediately intrigued. Further investigation led to the discovery that the album was recorded in just two days last February, and knowing that they had toured together in different incarnations, as opposed to being put together for a studio project, made me think that this could be quite a special album indeed.

I put aside any preconceived ideas, and as soon as the first notes came out of the speakers I was transfixed. Here were wonderful guitar lines, perfectly accompanied by different keyboards with both lightness and strong bottom end, and then there was Asaf who was playing as if he was the lead player in the band. There are many times during this album where Vasil is valiantly managing to keep it all together, as both Dušan and Asaf attempt to be the main in charge. This is simply a wonderful album, full not only of wonderful melodies but great interplay between all those involved. Ideas bounce between the trio, and there are so many thing son here to enjoy, from brightness and sparks to reflective and delicate, such as on the emotional “Yo Sin Mi”. Dušan’s guitarwork is exemplary throughout, as he switches styles and tones, yet there is always clarity and finesse. This is not a guitarist who feels the need to prove his skills by playing five thousand notes to the bar, but instead shows it every time he uses sustain.

This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable instrumental albums I’ve come across in 2017.

classic fusion movie reviews

WEATHER REPORT Live in Germany 1971

Movie · 2010 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Sean Trane
Well if the world still has to find some live recording from the very first studio all-star line-up (not likely, though), at least we've got now something very close to and we can even see the quintet at work with this just-as-famous version in the form of a German TV show called the Beat Club. With only Airto Moreira gone, replaced by Brazilian countryman Um Romao, the other four being Vitous, Shorter, Mouzon and Zawinul, Weather Report embarked on this TV show adventure not knowing that Alphonse Mouzon would leave the band in a while.

As you'd expect this broadcast consisted mainly of tracks from the debut album, but some are fairly different as WR always made improvisation their force. So you'll recognize 'Umbrellas generic structure, but drafted fairly differently, not just because of Romao's constant change of percussions instruments - he's one of the visual focus of the group, who otherwise remains fairly static and even blows a flute (and later some whistles) for a short while. One of the big difference between the studio album and this broadcast is that Miroslav has taken up the electric bass (his contrabass is still very present but mainly played with a bow), thus allowing even more energy to invade the quintet's shared space. The group's steaming-hot improvised fusion is simply awesome and flows naturally from your speakers like a river of fresh lave spewing out from your volcanic woofers.

Clearly the gravitational centre of the band is Zawinul's Rhodes, but it is clear that it is the group's tightness its main force. Morning Lake is much needed breathing space, starting out slowly with Shorter's sax signalling the dawn for Romao's birdsongs. Just past that Dom pulls an Brazilian berimbau . Drummer Alphonse sings funkilly (rather well, too) a rare sung track in the closing medley, but it's will veer into the Dr Honoris Causa - later on the Body Electric album.

A while later, Mouzon would leave the band and be replaced by drummer Erik Gravatt and this line-up would go on to record Body Electric and the Tokyo concert (released in 77, but part of it in the ISTBE album) and in the process become the definitive line-up of the Vitous- era Weather Report But for now, this German TV broadcast is an inestimable witness of the group's almost original line-up, and is just as essential as their debut album, the Tokyo concert or Body Electric.Too bad it's relatively short, though. Run for this baby...

DIXIE DREGS Live At The Montreaux Jazz Festival

Movie · 2005 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Slartibartfast
This was the Dixie Dregs lineup that I first come to know live and otherwise. The Montreaux Jazz Festival performance was used for side two of the LP Night of the Living Dregs. I had no idea the concert was filmed. This represents the band at their prime. Keyboardist Mark Parrish, would soon be replaced by T Lavitz, who is a better keyboard player, but this as this performance testifies, he was no slouch either. Oddly enough, the back cover of this DVD shows a band picture with the original keyboardist from Freefall, Steve Davidowski (guess there was only room for one Steve in this band). Steve Morse was at his most inspired around this time, even though he has certainly grown in skill over the years.

The set list is a little disappointing as it lacks some of the prime cuts from What If (Night Meets Light, Odyssey, Travel Tunes, What If), but I'm not complaining. Now I have something more than just memories of the many Dregs shows I saw back then. It is more of a forward looking set which includes Attila The Hun, that didn't show up on an album until three years later. Also of note, but of less interest to progressive rock fans, is the bluegrass style ditty, Kathreen, never released on a regular album, but only showed up on their demo album, The Great Spectacular, from 1975. If you have a copy of that album, you have something rare, indeed.

Thrown in for bonus are two live TV appearances, one on American Can'tstand (Bandstand) and one on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert. On the former, you get to see them both try out a vocalist, in an attempt to appeal to a more mainstream audience, and with Mark O'Connor, who only played with them for one album, but a few great live shows before the band disbanded for a few years.

As great as the band studio albums were, the live shows took things to an even higher level. Now you can see what you missed, unless you didn't.

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Abstract Logix Live! / The New Universe Music Festival 2010

Movie · 2011 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
js
Abstract Logix’s New Universe Festival of 2010 was probably one of the more significant fusion concerts in recent history, and it is all captured in excellent form on this concert video. Many of the top names in current fusion are here and what a great varied and colorful approach they all bring to this music that will always be associated with its 70s roots. Ranjit Barot fuses fusion with Indian flavors and orchestral music, Human Element bring back the beautiful noise and chaos that has been absent since the early days of jazz-rock, Wayne Krantz takes on the modern NYC flavor with his harsh jarring free funk, Jimmy Herring plays sentimental, sometimes delicate, progressive rock flavored fusion, and of course the great John McLaughlin rounds it all up with high speed post bop mixed with funk and contemporary fusion. Every single performance is top notch and very convincing in letting us know that there is still plenty of life left in this sometimes maligned genre.

The music on here is great, but the video itself is even better. Its amazing how far concert videos have come over the years. This one is clear as a bell and features lots of accurate close-ups of the musicians as they display their virtuoso skills. They say that fusion is a musician’s music, if that is the case, then this video is a great learning tool for the aspiring player. Much of the footage on here goes right to the source and features the musician’s hands as they work their scales and fret boards. Any aspiring fusionist can pick up a lifetime of high speed licks and extended technique by studying this video and even stop-starting it it frame by frame. Long gone are the days of vague camera angles from way far away and pointless shots of musicians grimacing while they play, this video is all about accuracy and showing you exactly how this music goes down. This is a spirited and enthusiastic concert and highly recommended for fans of modern fusion.

MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Live At Montreux 74/84

Movie · 2007 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Slartibartfast
The 1984 appearance of the MO was a lineup that didn't have any of the previous MO lineup of musicians except for John. Still there was a pretty impressive roster. Jonas Hellborg, on bass, steals the show. I suspect he's been rather influenced by Jaco at this point. Also, we also have Bill Evans, fairly fresh out of his stint saxing with Miles Davis. There's also a fine drummer, Danny Gottlieb, who'd played with Pat Metheny prior. Don't know much about Mitchell Forman. With John experimenting with the Synclavier Guitar so much, the keyboards are almost redundant in this ensemble. I had a hard time sitting through this at first. It definitely has that '80's taint, if you know what I mean. But I've warmed up to it. It's a bit like an attempt to return to the magic of the original lineup that doesn't quite get there. Still, if you judge it in the context of the time, it's not too bad.

I got this for one reason and one reason only, it was the two video bits from the Apocalypse lineup of Mahavishu Orchestra. Actually calling them bits isn't quite accurate. Wings of Karma and Hymn to Him are actually decently long pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had some actual orchestra musicians with them there at Montreaux. The first inkling I got that there was some live footage from this MO lineup was a poor quality video of Smile of the Beyond on a certain video clip web site many of us know of. It's very disappointing that we only get two clips from the show with video and the rest are audio only. I'm guessing the rest of the original footage has been lost. One can only hope that it will resurface. The performance is a bit more structured than the more compact MO's could be live, but that's to be expected due to the larger number of musician's involved. Still the core band does get to work in some improvisation, McLaughlin in particular.

This release is all in all a pleasant surprise for 2007, but there's more video out there from the older Mahavishu Orchestras, and I hope to see that material surface soon. It gets a four on the round up.

JEFF BECK Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's

Movie · 2008 · Classic Fusion
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Slartibartfast
Holy crap, there's a new Jeff Beck live DVD out there!.

...I thought as I saw this at the record store. This is why it's important to keep those local independent brick and mortar record stores open: you'll never know what you'll find browsing.

As near as I've been able to find out, Jeff Beck (THE Beck, not that other guy) hadn't been touring in a long time, but rather was sticking to special performances. To make up for it, sort of, he did a week's worth of shows at London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in late November 2007. I've never been there, but it looks a little large as some jazz clubs go but still reasonably intimate. I'm pretty sure you don't need binoculars to observe any performances there.

Jeff has assembled an interesting set of musicians, the oldest being Jeff himself (b. 1944), Vinnie Colaiuta (1956) on drums, Jason Rebello (1969) on keys, and Tal Wilkenfeld (1986) on bass. Vinnie I know best from association with Zappa, Jason's new to me but I found out has worked with Sting, Tal (new to the music scene) hails from Australia and judging from her performance she is someone to really keep your eye on. Guests appearances by Joss Stone, Imogen Heap, and Eric Clapton, heyyy.

The set list, not really the proper term as it must have been culled from all the shows, is an impressive collection of material spanning Jeff's career so far. Original stuff includes Beck's Bolero {is this not actually a cover?}, Led Boots, Scatterbrain, Angel, Blast From The East, Rollin' And Tumblin'. Also some nice covers thrown in for good measure including Eternity's Breath!, Cause We've Ended As Lovers {never really seemed like a cover to me}, People Get Ready, A Day In The Life, You Need Love). You also get some interviews as bonus material and the DVD booklet is a nice read. 21 tracks altogether, mixed in Dolby 5.1 and DTS surround sounds with a 16:9 video format, I might add.

Wish I was there but this is the next best thing. It's one hell of a way to experience one hell of a guitarist. It's a live assortment, but due the quality and quantity I am rounding this one up.

Artists with Classic Fusion release(s)

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
Giant Steps Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Faith Post Bop
ANDY LAVERNE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Triple Play Hard Bop
HAROLD DANKO
Buy this album from MMA partners
This is Christmas Pop Jazz/Crossover
MARCUS ANDERSON
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Arrangement Vocal Jazz
SYLVIA BROOKS
Buy this album from MMA partners
For The Love Of You Hard Bop
JACQUES LESURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Jazz MP3 download/stream

New Jazz Online Videos

Gerardo Nu´n~ez Trio Guitarra Flamenco GUITFESTSEVILLA 2013
GERARDO NÚÑEZ
js· more than 2 years ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us