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Fusion Discussion / Jazz
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:15:11 AM »
Well....I'm not sure this should be under "Fusion Discussion" or "Other Topics," so I'll put it here.
I'm being a bit tongue-in-cheek...define "fusion," blah blah blah, define "Jazz"....but I'm wondering how many of us have spent time listening to the history of Jazz, and who listen to a good deal of what might better be called "jazz" than "fusion"- at least in certain quarters.  I think the line's blurry, but there is a line.....a permeable one.
For example, and to get the ball rolling, how many are familiar with all these recordings:
This is the Penguin Guide To Jazz Core Collection list.  I don't own most of it, but I've heard much of it.  My tastes tend toward 1959 and later--though I do love Ellington's Blanton/Webster recordings, and Armstrong's Hot Fives/Hot Sevens. 

Fusion Discussion / McLaughlin and the Heart of Things 1998 Stuttgart
« on: September 27, 2012, 07:51:09 AM »
I can't access YouTube here at work, but there's a complete one hour show on Youtube from the Heart of Things band....excellent video, and great sound....smokin' hot stuff, IMO.

Fusion Discussion / Tohpati--New CD, Tohpati Bertiga
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:21:56 AM »
Just ordered it, looking forward to hearing it, based on the write-up at Moonjune.

Fusion Discussion / Kozmigroov.......
« on: December 05, 2011, 09:48:27 AM »
Listening to Julian Priester's "Love, Love"  after listening to that Steve Grossman album RapidfireRob mentioned......any fans of this sort of thing?  I have most of the albums on the "A" list, and when I'm in the right mood, this stuff scratches a big itch.

Fusion Discussion / Weather Report-Live In Berlin 1975
« on: October 03, 2011, 08:18:51 AM »
Just playing this now....great stuff, combo DVD/CD pack,'s only a bit more than 40 minutes, but it's pretty killer.  Great sound.  Alphonso sounds great....Wayne takes a lot of space, too...this strikes me as more of a band effort, whereas, it's true, sometimes the later WR stuff is either a Zawinul project, or a Jaco Fest.

Not that either of those is inherently a bad thing, but I'm really digging this cohesive, interactive 1975 band right now..

Fusion Discussion / Kazumi Watanabe
« on: September 26, 2011, 08:56:58 AM »
Thought I'd start a thread, as I'm on a Kazumi kick lately....been listening to a bunch of stuff, including Spice of Life releases, and the Mobop albums....

Has anyone seen the Spice of Life video?  It's out of print, I believe, but I'd love to see it.....

Fusion Discussion / Desert Island Fusion Discs?
« on: August 17, 2011, 10:53:18 AM »
Thought I'd start a new know the drill, if you were stranded on a desert island, etc., etc., what five fusion CD's would you want to have with you?

Doubles, triples, box sets count as one.....

Hard decisions, but here are mine:

1. Miles Cellar Door box
2. Weather Report-Live and Unreleased
3. Five Peace Band
4. Metheny Group-Travels
5. Tony Williams Lifetime Anthology (the later, Holdsworth-era band)

Honorable mention to Allan Holdsworth's "Against the Clock," and sooooooo many others.

Fusion Discussion / Jonas Hellborg New Releases?
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:55:40 AM »
Bardo records was supposed to be releasing two "new: Hellborg releases....a drum and bass duo record, and a record of solos from Hellborg's Silent Life era...

Has anyone seen, heard, or even heard anything about these?

Music Theory / Are Singers Musicians?
« on: May 26, 2011, 02:42:28 PM »
Okay, over at another forum there are a couple people who allege that singers are not musicians.  (Some say the same thing about drummers...which reminds me of a joke, but nevermind....)

These folks claim that the vast majority of human beings would not consider Singers musicians.  What do we fuseheads think about this?  I'm curious...and for the record, I definitely see singing as the primal musical impulse, and think all singers belong to a subset of the bigger "set" known as "musicians," or people who make music.

Whaddya think?

Fusion Discussion / Kozmicgroove, anyone?
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:17:02 AM »
Anyone dig this sort of thing?
It's fusion-ish, also related to "Soul-jazz" I think......

Association P C
David Axelrod
early Roy Ayers Ubiquity
Black Renaissance
Pre Headhunters, post Blue Note Herbie Hancock
Donald Byrd's electric albums--Electric Byrd, Ethiopian Knights
Larry Young's Lawrence of Newark
Mal Waldron's "The Call"

Some of our beloved fusion bands, like Weather Report and others, also did this sort of thing.....any fans?

Fusion Discussion / Mick Karn-RIP
« on: January 04, 2011, 12:43:29 PM »
Sad to hear, he passed today, after a protracted battle with cancer.

Gonna go listen to Polytown now, and maybe Bestial Cluster and Tooth Mother later....strange records all, but I like 'em.

Fusion Discussion / Mike Stern at Yoshi's SF
« on: December 04, 2010, 12:35:14 PM »
Rapidfire Rob and I caught last night's early show.  Mike's got a unique band, with Randy Brecker on trumpet (and effects), Anthony Jackson on Contrabass Guitar, Dennis Chambers on drums.   Pretty great show--they have an interesting rapport.  Dennis seems to get more effortless and astounding each time I see him...and Anthony is a unique voice on the instrument, for sure.  Would like to see more of him out here on the West Coast, for sure! He and Mike had a great chemistry, I thought. 

Great stuff--anyone else check it out?  They're playing through Sunday....

Introductions & other topics / Hi From Cone (Wide Open Ears, mebbe?)
« on: September 28, 2010, 11:30:21 AM »
I came here from Progessive Ears, like more than a few, I'm sure.

Jazz and esp. fusions of various sorts are my primary musical diet, moreso than Prog, I, looking forward to checking this place out!

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