(Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion

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Part One

As the original fusion movement that was started in the late 60s began to fade in the late 70s, a new generation of musicians led by Blood Ulmer, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Bill Laswell, Steve Coleman and Vernon Reid introduced a new style of jazz and rock fusion that arose from the initial efforts of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band, Miles Davis' "Get Up With It" and "Dark Magus" albums and the jazzy, funky post-punk 'no wave' scene in New York City. This new fusion was both more aggressive and eclectic than the typical output of the 70's fusion artist. The Post-70s Eclectic Fusion artist not only uses elements of jazz, funk, and rock; but he is also likely to pull from a diverse set of influences including, but not limited to; New Orleans drum lines, klezmer, jump blues, hip-hop, hardcore punk, exotic lounge, drumnbass, and Bulgarian wedding music. The (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion genre at JMA is rooted in the aforementioned artists, but continues to grow and gain popularity worldwide, particularly in Japan and Northern Europe.

Not all of the artists listed in this genre are necessarily harsh and aggressive, but Post 70s Eclectic Fusion tends to have a modern urban sound, often influenced by the cultures of punk and hip-hop, whereas Classic Fusion tends to be rooted in the bohemian atmosphere of hippie, Afrocentric and beatnik culture. In Classic Fusion there tends to be a much stronger Latin and post bop influence in the rhythms, also Classic Fusion artists tend to blend their influences into one style, while Post 70s Eclectic artists may play in distinctly different styles from one song to the next, or even within one song. Its not unusual in this genre for artists to play in a humorously de-constructive style, or in a way that exaggerates the nuances of older styles.

Some of the jazz styles that can be found in this genre include; the M Base movement, free funk, the so-called 'knitting factory scene' and the harsher side of the modern Japanese jazz scene.

Part Two - The 21st Century

As we move further into the new century, modern eclectic fusion has become more eclectic than ever. The styles of music that a jazz musician may fuse have become virtually limitless. Today's jazz musician can utilize almost every genre of music known to man, as well as music from any era or place on the globe. Meanwhile, the early hip-hop and punk influences on modern fusion are less noticeable now, as both hip-hop and punk have become a part of mainstream culture in other styles of music long ago.

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BILL FRISELL Ghost Town

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BILL FRISELL is best known for his role as a jazz guitarist releasing dozens of albums since the early 80s and also incorporating aspects of both American country and folk. He’s also known for the effects he uses to eke out unique sounds of his instruments and one of those musicians who did the whole music college shtick with a large academic padding under his belt.

On his 18th album GHOST TOWN one would be hard-pressed to hear all these creds on board however. On this one we have FRISELL handling all instrumental duties as he strums away on electric and acoustic guitars, a 6-string banjo, bass and some loop effects. This music is slow and twangy with usually one stringed instrument harmonizing with another. It has an old time folk meets country feel from the roots of some early 20th century rural area and the tones of the respective instruments are quite pleasant.

My impression of this album is that it is way too mellow for its own good and that all the tracks start sounding the same after another and what this music reminds me of the most is the kind of soundtrack music that you would hear on one of the PBS documentaries, like the kind of Ken Burns where nice inoffensive music is rolling in the background while a narrator recounts the history of the steam engine or something. Overall i’m left underwhelmed by this one although this would work very well if you want some innocuous soundtrack music for doll making or something.

JOE POLICASTRO Pops!

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“Pops”, by the Joe Policastro Trio, is not only a new CD, but also represents a possible new movement in jazz. Musicians having been playing tunes from the well known ‘Fake Book’ for many decades, and for good reason too, the book’s combination of classic show tunes and bop originals provides interesting chord changes for musicians looking for a challenge, while providing at least vaguely familiar tunes for club patrons. Still, the idea of ‘new standards’ from the modern era is not particularly new. Songs by the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and others have been working their way into the jazz repertoire for a while now, and sometimes even songs by more current artists, such as Radiohead, but an entire set of tunes from the 60s to the present is still rare. A quick glance at some of the tracks on “Pops”, featuring artists like The Bee Gees, Pink Floyd and The Cars, might make you think that Joe and his group are being sarcastic or ironically kitsch, but actually they play everything with conviction and sincerity as they try to bring out new qualities in this collection of well known pop and rock songs.

Bassist Joe, and his drummer Mikel Avery, provide interesting rhythms throughout, drawing on rock, funk, soul and Brazilian grooves to keep things lively, but the real star of the show is guitarist Dave Miller, whose playing is a natural bridge between the forthrightness of rock, and the subtleties of jazz. Dave’s playing shows a strong influence from the early 80s post-punk funksters like Blood Ulmer and Jean Paul Barreli, topped with rootsy jazz-blues voicings ala Hendrix and Robben Ford. Miller has a very deliberate behind-the-beat phrasing that recalls Monk, as well as the aforementioned Ulmer, and his solos are mesmerizing with plenty of off kilter surprises. Also surprising is that fact that Dave is replaced on two tracks by guitarist Andy Brown, and on two others by Andy Pratt. Of the three guitarists, Brown is probably the most technically nimble, and his post bop solos that recall George Benson and Jim Hall provide a good challenge to Miller, while Pratt seems to be coming more from a melodic Hank Marvin inspired roots rock approach.

As mentioned earlier, this CD could represent a new movement, something along the lines of dinner music for the post-punk generation, and the fact is, “Pops” was recorded while Joe and his crew were playing one of their three-nights-a-week gigs at Chicago nightclub, Pops for Champagne.

FARMERS MARKET Surfin' USSR

Album · 2008 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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FARMERS MARKET is yet another wacky band emerging from Norway and SURFIN’ USSR seems to be the album of choice by many fans and the only one i’ve heard so far simply because it is so raved about. The band started out as a free jazz quintet fresh out of the conservatory in Trondheim but soon unshackled themselves from all traditional norms and started to incorporate rock, pop, bluegrass, classical and their signature adoptive sounds such as Balkan and Bulgarian folk music. Throw in some surf guitar, some progressive time signature mind bleeps and you got an interestingly weird band on your hands. Yep, the kind i relish and seek out constantly!

While this band covers many genres the main gist here is energetic Balkan folk music with a couple tracks heading to Bulgaria for inspiration. One thing is for sure. These guys can really play their instruments with a technical prowess unmatched in most fusion arenas where rock meets jazz with ethnic world influences vying for control. Between the jagged rhythmic patterns that stop and go at breakneck speeds and the lovely melodic developments of the traditional scales and instruments leading the musical pack, i’d be tempted to give this a whopping five stars like many have due to the excitement generated in some of the cream of the crop deliveries on this one.

FARMERS MARKET unfortunately, to my ears, suffers some disappointing attributes that don’t get me as excited as this album as many others have made it out to be. First and foremost it’s inconsistent. It starts off strong on Parts 1 and 2 of the title track with energetic surf guitar ceding to Balkan folk instruments and scales usurping any Western musical agenda. The main instruments are the kaval, a chromatic end-blown flute that is the famous sound of the Balkans and Turkey as well as the gaida which is a type of bagpipe most popular in Macedonia and Bulgaria. The execution of these instruments is quite well performed but as a major connoisseur of Balkan gypsy music i have to state that i find them simply copying the styles of existing folk music of the region and not really adding a lot to it except for speedier chops and exaggerated time sigs.

There are several tracks on here that are pure gold. “Anyone Who Remembers Vladiwoodstock Wasn’t There!” is not only a clever title but has the coolest funky bass line with an almost Klezmer type of feel making me think more of the Sinai peninsula rather than the Balkans. “To Hell And Baku” is another golden moment with a thrashy metal type of intro before breaking into a hyperactive Balkan folk riff that incorporates some killer guitar and off-kilter proggy time sigs. “From Prussia With Love” is another highly energetic proggy number with a clean jazz guitar keeping the rhythm and a highly caffeinated kaval taking the energy to new levels creating one of the coolest tracks on the album complete with the way cool accompanying percussion of the Indian tambura, bongos and freaked out bass line which is followed by the outstanding “Red Square Dance” which is my favorite track with the traditional Balkan folk on full speed going on here. The kaval is just off the hook in the prog department delivering stunning hooks and this sounds sort of like a traditional Balkan band gone maaaaaad!

While those highlights are worth the price of admission there are also some tracks that totally rub me the wrong way. First up is the uninspiring cover of Gerry & The Pacemakers “Ferry Cross The Mersey” which here becomes “Lodtschitze Mini Maritza” which sounds totally out of place on this album, the mediocre “The Dismanting Of The Soviet Onion Made Us Cry” which is rather insipid and rather dull and the other out of place track here “Steroid Train Trip” which sounds like a Bela Fleck and the Flecktones reject with it’s banjo inspired jazz-fusion approach. What really irks me most about this album is that it has two totally incongruent tracks that are basically Bulgarian vocal folk music tracks that are typical of the region and much better done by the international superstars Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares or also known as the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir.

Overall i don’t feel this band has learned how to seamlessly blend all these styles together in a way that the much better disciplined Secret Chiefs 3 has managed to blend such disparate influences into a new kind of whole. Spoiled am i with their ability to do so but FARMERS MARKET’s SURFIN’ USSR simply sounds like it’s trying to take on too many styles and influences too fast resulting in a stilted delivery as the album unfolds. Where it’s great, it is astounding but where it fails, it feels like a major let down leaving a lopsided disappointing feel as the final result. This is the only album i’ve heard by them and i certainly haven’t written them off but if this album represents their peak then i’m afraid they don’t stand a chance in the eclectic global fusion world where bands like Secret Chiefs 3, Atomic Ape and a whole new school of newbies are taken global fusion to new levels and beyond. An intriguing album that falls short of expectations but there are certainly some exciting moments on this one.

TOMEKA REID Tomeka Reid Quartet

Album · 2015 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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Tomeka Reid is young Chicago-based cellist and "Quartet" is her debut release as leader (she already released an album with soundtrack for "Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists" documentary two years ago).The album contains ten perfectly written and executed cuts recorded with great quartet (incl. Mary Halvorson on guitar,Jason Roebke on bass and drummer Tomas Fujiwara),collective of leading young New York and Chicago adventurous jazz musicians.

Tomeka is far not a newbie on jazz scene, she played with such greats as Anthony Braxton and Nicole Mitchell. From very first sounds (album's opener is only non-original composition here - it's Eric Dolphy's "17 West") it becomes obvious that Tomeka's music is rooted in old Chicagoan AACM tradition. Well composed pieces all are groovy, often quite catchy and contains complex improvisations which never become chaotic,screaming or too noisy. Her models are Billy Bragg (and Nicole Mitchell), and sounding modern her music returns the listener back to times when jazz compositions were memorable, well executed and harmonic.

All band perfectly play together and since music sounding is more accessible than regular solo works of quartet members(partially guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Jason Roebke), this album is excellent introduction to the world of modern adventurous music for open ears newcomers. At the same time I am sure Tomeka's debut can attract many more conservative listeners who are usually afraid of "avant-garde jazz" tag and possibly find Mary Halvorson's and Jason Roebke's own albums too quirky and chaotic.

PAUL MOTIAN Paul Motian Trio: It Should Have Happened a Long Time Ago

Album · 1985 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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American Paul Motian who passed away five years ago, was one among most original drummer of some last decades. Started still in late 50s as Bill Evans trio member, he played with such significant musicians as pianist Paul Bley(early 60s) and Keith Jarrett(late 60s-mid 70s). More important,his work with early avant-garde jazz artists, experimenting with freeing cool jazz, as pianist Lennie Tristano,influenced Paul Motian musical priorities for decades to come.

Motian career as leader started from collaboration with pianist Keith Jarrett,recorded for then newly founded German ECM label. Later Paul usually tried to avoid collaborations with pianists for the favor to have a guitarist in a band.His tuneful impressionistic compositions,rooted in cool jazz tradition,become one of so called "ECM sound" (or chamber jazz) important component.

After few first bands and some released albums, Motian formed the trio with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, which is most probably his best band ever. "It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago" is not a first this trio's release, but it is one of their most significant work and one among best jazz albums coming from mid 80s.

On earlier recordings released by Motian as leader he often combined quite continued improvisational techniques,coming from 60s free jazz tradition,and it not always worked well in late 70s. For mid'80s "It Should've Happened..." Motian finally formed his own freer chamber jazz style, strongly based on composition,demonstrating a great melodies(album's opener is probably best known Motian song ever, kind of his own "Ida Lupino"),but avoiding polished and extremely safe sound,so characteristic for many chamber jazz trios of 80s and later periods.

Motian both trio's partners fits extremely well in musical concept with guitarist Bill Frisell adding some warm and chamber sounds but always ready for playing on the border with dissonance and Joe Lovano dark tenor,still lively even if not as unpredictable free as on his earlier works.

All album sounds as one long soundtrack to a bit sad art-movie (and as any great soundtrack doesn't requires a visual line to be completed, it sounds pretty great itself). As on any his album, Motian doesn't beat a rhythm, he plays impressionistic sounds as if he paints pictures with sticks and brushes.

Not as raw and energetic as some early Motian trio's works, "It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago" is one great example of the best advanced chamber jazz coming from 80s.

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MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD Fly In A Bottle

Movie · 2011 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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“Fly in a Bottle” is a documentary that follows Medeski, Martin and Wood while they are on tour developing the music that will become “Radiolarians”, as well as some of the recording sessions for that same album. The music on here is excellent, MM&W have a come a long way over the years. They were always a talented band from the start, but their confidence has grown. The funky tunes are funkier than ever, and the psychedelic jazz-rock tunes are more powerful, imaginative and original. Almost any music fan might enjoy watching their concerts and even some of their recording sessions, but a lot of the rest of this DVD is for hardcore fans only.

Along with the footage of MM&W playing music, you also get a lot of footage of them on tour visiting ecological tourist spots and talking, hanging out etc, which is where I think a lot of non-fans will probably start losing interest. They seem like nice sincere guys, but they aren’t particularly entertaining or charismatic, which is often the case with nice sincere guys. There are also some artsy short videos that follow the main feature, some more entertaining than others. Fans of MM&W may want to pick this up, it’s a well-made video and the music is excellent, but non-fans may find this lacking in substance in places.

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