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HERBIE HANCOCK - Empyrean Isles Post Bop | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - First Light Fusion | review permalink
KEITH JARRETT - The Köln Concert Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - In a Silent Way Fusion | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Kind of Blue Cool Jazz | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Head Hunters Funk Jazz | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Speak Like a Child Post Bop | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Superfly Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI - Long Yellow Road Progressive Big Band | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - The Inner Mounting Flame Fusion | review permalink
JANKO NILOVIĆ - Rythmes Contemporains (aka Giant) Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
CHARLES MINGUS - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band | review permalink
JIMMY SMITH - Root Down Soul Jazz | review permalink
DAVE BRUBECK - Jazz Impressions of Japan Cool Jazz | review permalink
JOHN COLTRANE - Olé Coltrane Hard Bop | review permalink
BILL EVANS (PIANO) - Waltz for Debby Cool Jazz | review permalink
THE SEATBELTS - Cowboy Bebop Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - V.S.O.P.:Tempest in the Colosseum Post Bop | review permalink
SANTANA - Caravanserai Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Sketches of Spain Third Stream | review permalink
BILL EVANS (PIANO) - Everybody Digs Bill Evans Post Bop | review permalink
GEORGE BENSON - White Rabbit Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Maiden Voyage Post Bop | review permalink
WAYNE SHORTER - Speak No Evil Post Bop | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Red Clay Hard Bop | review permalink
JIMMY SMITH - Jimmy And Wes:The Dynamic Duo Blues | review permalink
GIL SCOTT-HERON - I'm New Here Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Curtis RnB | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Back to the World RnB | review permalink
JOHN COLTRANE - A Love Supreme Post Bop | review permalink
JACK BRUCE - Songs for a Tailor Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JACK BRUCE - Harmony Row Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
STOMU YAMASHTA'S GO - The Complete Go Sessions Fusion | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Straight Life Post Bop | review permalink
DON BURROWS - 2000 Weeks Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
WAY OUT WEST - Old Grooves for New Streets World Fusion | review permalink
DON BURROWS - The Tasman Connection World Fusion | review permalink
CARLOS SANTANA - Love Devotion Surrender (with John McLaughlin) Fusion | review permalink
PERIGEO - Abbiamo tutti un blues da piangere Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
DEODATO - Prelude Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI - Kogun Progressive Big Band | review permalink
AFROSKULL - To Obscurity And Beyond Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Maggot Brain Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIM HALL - Concierto Post Bop | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Bitches Brew Fusion | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Man-Child Funk Jazz | review permalink
GEORGE BENSON - Beyond the Blue Horizon Soul Jazz | review permalink
AL DI MEOLA - Land of the Midnight Sun Fusion | review permalink
AL DI MEOLA - Elegant Gypsy Fusion | review permalink
SANTANA - Abraxas Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
DAVE BRUBECK - Time Out Cool Jazz | review permalink
AIRTO MOREIRA - Free Fusion | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Open Sesame Hard Bop | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Ready for Freddie Hard Bop | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Relaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet Hard Bop | review permalink
CANNONBALL ADDERLEY - Somethin' Else Hard Bop | review permalink
NINA SIMONE - Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone Vocal Jazz | review permalink
SANTANA - Santana Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
SANTANA - Santana III Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
WAR - The World Is a Ghetto Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
JOHN ZORN - Mount Analogue World Fusion | review permalink
STOMU YAMASHITA - Stomu Yamash'ta's East Wind : Freedom Is Frightening Fusion | review permalink
WIBUTEE - Sweet Mental Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
HUBERT LAWS - In the Beginning Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
PETER KNIGHT - All the Gravitation of Silence Nu Jazz | review permalink
GALAPAGOS DUCK - The Removalists Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA - Libertango Latin Jazz | review permalink
WAY OUT WEST - The Effects of Weather World Fusion | review permalink
BILLY COBHAM - Spectrum Fusion | review permalink
CHARLES MINGUS - Mingus Plays Piano Post Bop | review permalink
FULLMOONS - Live in Studio Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PORTICO QUARTET - Isla Nu Jazz | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Hub-Tones Hard Bop | review permalink
CHARLES MINGUS - Blues & Roots Hard Bop
ORIGAMI - The Blues Of Joy Post Bop | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Mr. Hands Funk Jazz | review permalink
DON ELLIS - Soaring Progressive Big Band | review permalink
MISINTERPROTATO / TRICHOTOMY - Fact Finding Mission Post-Fusion Contemporary
DEDALUS - Dedalus Fusion
MISINTERPROTATO / TRICHOTOMY - Variations Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink
GRANT GREEN - Idle Moments Hard Bop | review permalink
MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO - Perfect Times Funk Jazz | review permalink
DAVE BRUBECK - Jazz Impressions of Eurasia Cool Jazz | review permalink
PORTICO QUARTET - Knee-Deep in the North Sea Nu Jazz | review permalink
SAMUEL YIRGA - Guzo World Fusion | review permalink
SOT - King Of Saltz Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SAPO - Sapo Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
RYO FUKUI - Scenery Hard Bop
BOBBY TIMMONS - Chun-King Hard Bop | review permalink
HOZAN YAMAMOTO - Beautiful Bamboo-Flute Fusion | review permalink
GIL SCOTT-HERON - Gil Scott-Heron / Brian Jackson : Winter In America RnB | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Inventions & Dimensions (aka Succotash) Post Bop | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - Birds of Fire Fusion | review permalink
JAMIE CULLUM - Twentysomething Vocal Jazz | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Fat Albert Rotunda Funk Jazz | review permalink
BILL EVANS (PIANO) - Portrait In Jazz Cool Jazz | review permalink
STANLEY TURRENTINE - Sugar Soul Jazz | review permalink
YUSEF LATEEF - The Diverse Yusef Lateef Post Bop | review permalink
MALO - Malo Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND - What's Going On RnB | review permalink
MALO - Dos Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
JACK BRUCE - Out of the Storm Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
DEODATO - Deodato 2 Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - First Rays of the New Rising Sun Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - South Saturn Delta Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SANTANA - Welcome Fusion | review permalink
CREAM - Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - You: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 3 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JEFF BECK - Truth Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
AL DI MEOLA - Casino Fusion | review permalink
AL DI MEOLA - Splendido Hotel Fusion | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Watermelon Man:The Ultimate Hancock! Post Bop | review permalink
SKULL SNAPS - Skull Snaps RnB | review permalink
SANTANA - Greatest Hits Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Skagly Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink
JANKO NILOVIĆ - Soul Impressions Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - There's a Riot Goin' On Funk | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Abstract Impressions Hard Bop | review permalink
GENE KRUPA - The Drum Battle At JATP Swing | review permalink
SANTANA - Borboletta Fusion | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Sweet Exorcist RnB | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GALAPAGOS DUCK - Ebony Quill RnB | review permalink
PAUL DESMOND - Glad To Be Unhappy Cool Jazz | review permalink
CASIOPEA - Casiopea Fusion | review permalink
HUBERT LAWS - Afro-Classic Third Stream | review permalink
HUBERT LAWS - The Rite of Spring Third Stream | review permalink
MOOSE LOOSE - Moose Loose Fusion | review permalink
JANKO NILOVIĆ - Funky Tramway (aka Funky Music) Exotica | review permalink
SANTANA - Shape Shifter Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
WEATHER REPORT - Mysterious Traveller Fusion | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Hub Cap Hard Bop | review permalink
BRAND X - Unorthodox Behaviour Fusion | review permalink
PORTICO QUARTET - Portico Quartet (2012) Nu Jazz | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Live Miles: More Music From the Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert Hard Bop | review permalink
PRINCE - Diamonds & Pearls RnB | review permalink
DIRTY THREE - Ocean Songs Jazz Related Rock
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Sky Dive Fusion | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Hear, O Israel - A Concert Service In Jazz Post Bop | review permalink
TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI - Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan) Progressive Big Band | review permalink
THE SEATBELTS - Cowboy Bebop No Disc Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
SANTANA - Santana IV Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
JOHN TROPEA - Tropea (aka Guitarra Galáctica) RnB | review permalink
DEODATO - Artistry Big Band | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Roots RnB | review permalink
JACK BRUCE - Things We Like Fusion | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - Valleys of Neptune Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Tutu Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
AL DI MEOLA - Electric Rendezvous Fusion | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - A Tribute to Jack Johnson Fusion | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Got to Find a Way RnB | review permalink
SANTANA - Amigos Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
HUBERT LAWS - Morning Star Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN - Trio Of Doom (with Jaco Pastorius & Tony Williams) Fusion | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - There's No Place Like America Today RnB | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - Liquid Love Fusion | review permalink

Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Fusion 28 3.41
2 Jazz Related Rock 18 3.39
3 Post Bop 15 3.97
4 Hard Bop 14 3.86
5 RnB 12 2.96
6 Latin Rock/Soul 11 3.45
7 Pop/Art Song/Folk 7 3.29
8 Jazz Related Soundtracks 7 4.14
9 Cool Jazz 7 4.21
10 Funk Jazz 5 4.10
11 Progressive Big Band 5 4.20
12 World Fusion 5 4.00
13 Nu Jazz 4 3.75
14 Post-Fusion Contemporary 4 4.00
15 Soul Jazz 3 4.00
16 Third Stream 3 3.33
17 Vocal Jazz 2 3.75
18 Swing 1 3.00
19 Exotica 1 3.00
20 Funk 1 3.00
21 Big Band 1 3.00
22 Blues 1 4.00
23 Bop 1 3.00
24 Latin Jazz 1 4.00

Latest Albums Reviews

HOZAN YAMAMOTO Beautiful Bamboo-Flute

Album · 1971 · Fusion
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This 1971 album from one of Japan’s most famous flautists is at once ‘cool’ and almost ‘spacey’ while also coming across as ‘warm’. Production-wise, there’s a lot of reverb in the mix but it’s not drowning out the instruments either.

The pieces often sit neatly in a light fusion/funk place that’s mostly driven by the rhythm section of Nobuo Hara’s Sharps & Flats, but there’s probably also enough blues and jazz to hopefully satisfy a range of listeners – especially of progressive big band, I reckon.

In some ways, “Beautiful Bamboo-Flute” puts me in the mind of a more laid-back Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, with maybe more focus on Latin sub-genres where you’ll get more hints of say, Bossa Nova than Hard Bop.

There are also plenty of traditional, folk elements to the album too, not just via Yamamoto’s playing but in the source material. ‘Nanbu Ushioi-Uta’ for instance, is not wholly haunting in its updated arrangement, at least not compared to ‘Itsuki no Komori-Uta’, which verges on menacing. These tracks especially will probably bring to mind what a lot of people might imagine when Japanese flute is mentioned.

The latter half of the album is where the arrangements open up to a little more soloing but again, this isn’t a bop album – which I’m not saying is a bad thing at all.

I think if you’re a fan of any of the folks I’ve mentioned above, or perhaps even Osamu Kitajima, then you’ll definitely like this release, even though it has a little less guitar overall than Kitajima albums.

DEODATO Artistry

Live album · 1974 · Big Band
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On ‘Artisry’ Deodato’s arrangements of classical covers (and his Latin, smooth jazz pieces too) are fleshed out by an orchestra and it’s great to hear them with extra depth compared to the studio recordings.

The sound is maybe a bit ‘warmer’ in a live setting and the band seem to be having a good time too, which I noticed on “St. Louis Blues” and “Superstrut” – especially John Tropea on guitar. Maybe the set list draws a little too heavily from ‘Deodato 2’ compared to what I’d hoped for but if you want a more comprehensive collection of live songs you might have to look to the latter stages of his discography.

JOHN TROPEA Tropea (aka Guitarra Galáctica)

Album · 1975 · RnB
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If you’re a fan of the more laid back CTI Jazz or Deodato then you’ll probably enjoy this album from John Tropea who worked as a sideman for so, so many folks in the 1970s Jazz Fusion and Funk scene.

His self-titled debut as a leader finds him playing more so as an important ‘part’ of the music rather than dominating with endless soloing. (Having said that, I certainly don’t hate the idea of lots of solos at all). I was really interested to see that he both produced and mixed this album too and it sounds really clear and sharp, making great use of the wide range of performers and friends he draws upon.

I think that the funk and jazz on here ranges from energetic to a little too laid back at times – although, that’s not automatically a problem. And based on my star rating, I think this album is objectively better than the amount which I *enjoyed* it, if that makes sense.

Still, I tend to be drawn to some of the fuller arrangements on these songs – like the stellar “Muff’ and the opener too, one of the places Tropea fires up a bit. I also enjoyed the final, more atmospheric piece “Dreams” where I noticed a trumpet solo. Now, I don’t want to rest my whole review on some idea of “solos = jazz” and thus “less or no solos = pop” but it might give you an extremely general idea of the style here, which is firmly pop/light funk and not so much Jazz Fusion as some of Tropea’s other work.

BOBBY TIMMONS Chun-King

Album · 1965 · Hard Bop
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Bobby Timmons is well-known for playing with Blakey and Adderley but until recently I hadn’t come across his work as a leader and I found ‘Chun-King’ from 1964 and really enjoyed it.

There’s a range of standards and original compositions on this hard bop, almost funky release that has snap and drive, but also more relaxed pieces like Timmons’ take on “I Could have Danced All Night” and Gershwin’s “Someone to Look Over Me” which rhythmically is soothing – yet Timmons is almost ‘busy’ over the top.

My favourites are probably the more up-tempo ones with “Gettin' It Togetha'” and especially the title track standing out. I can’t quite put my finger on why but maybe the Keter Betts’ arrangement on that one gives me a slight post-bop feel, signaling that nice variety to the record. It was also fun to hear some bossa nova too, with the “O Grande Amor” cover.

SANTANA Santana IV

Album · 2016 · Latin Rock/Soul
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Expectation.

It's always tough reviewing an album which is anticipated to be a band's 'return to its heyday' and the classic line-up from early 70s Santana is a pretty exciting prospect.

And it certainly works on just about every song. It's fun to hear interplay between Santana and Schon again for instance, especially on one of the stand-outs like 'Echizo' or the almost meditative 'Fillmore East' (and it must be said that Shrieve fires up a bit on 'Echizo' too, which is great) but there are a few songs that don't nail it for me.

Some of these are the vocal cuts ('Choo Choo' is one) but that isn't to say Rolie is in bad shape, he sounds great - especially on the smouldering 'Blues Magic' or the punchy 'Shake It' - but there's just a sense that everyone was so excited to play together again that they left a few b-sides in the running order.

Overall, the band is less fiery than in their youth (and that's not a surprise or a problem truly) but there's still passion and surprises to be had. Again, like 'Shape Shifter' a while back - I wouldn't call this an essential Jazz-rock album but don't write it off out of hand either, have a look if you're unsure.

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