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Jazz-Rock/Jazz fusion recommendations

Discussion in 'Blues & Jazz' started by TrailriderDan, Oct 18, 2006.

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    totally amazing Zappa is...:bow::grinthumb
     
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    Gary Burton with Keith Jarrett, when Jarrett played electric keyboards and soprano sax in the first Seventies.
    A special mention for Sam Brown, incredible guitarist, who stands out in the entire album:

     
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    Possibly a late reply to the thread, but some of my favorite Jazz fusion and Smooth jazz is (albums):

    Bob James - Touchdown
    Chuck Mangione - Greatest Hits (1987)
    Dave Grusin - Migration
    George Benson - Breezin'
    George Benson - Weekend in L.A.
    Herb Alpert - Fandango
    Herb Alpert - Rise
    Lee Ritenour - Earth Run
    Lee Ritenour - Portrait
    Lee Ritenour - Festival
    Lee Ritenour - Color Rit
    Pat Metheny Group - Letter from Home
    The Rippingtons - Tourist in Paradise
    Yellowjackets - Four Corners

    Some artists to suggest:
    Gary Burton
    Keith Jarrett

    If I find anything else I'll let you know. A good radio station to listen to is CD101.9. It was the best smooth jazz/jazz fusion radio station alive in the 90s. It sadly died a few years later. But it is still alive on the internet! You can listen to it here http://hestia2.cdnstream.com/1277_192 or on Tune-In radio app here https://tunein.com/radio/Smooth-Jazz-CD1019-New-York-s254882/
     
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    I love the music of Dave Grusin (still active in his 80s), Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and their friends.
     
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    Personally I have tried listening to various jazz/rock albums down the years and even have a small number of jazz/rock albums in my cd collections in particular a Brand X 5 cd box set from the mid/late 1970s and a couple of Cozy Powell (rock drummer) jazz/rock cds from the early 1980s and to be honest I never have found jazz/rock very satisfying to listen to. A couple of years ago I bought a couple of 1980s jazz/rock Shakatak cds from the 1980s and listened to them once only and then binned them!!.

    I presume the jazz/rock guitarist of the 1970s & 1980s was slightly more technically advanced a player than the average 1970s & 1980s 'rock guitarist' was?.
     
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    Jazz-rock players are I think more technically advanced because of those jazz chords which really stretch the player (musically and physically !) I once looked at a Steely Dan guitar book when I was trying to learn guitar, and just gave up. Those musicians are extraordinary.
     
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    Of course I knew of Steely Dan through hearing Reelin' in the years & Do it again back in the 1970s but I never got around to actually listening to some of there albums anyway when Walter Becker passed away nearly three years ago I bought several of there cd albums (the first album with Reelin' in the years & Do it again on the cd in particular) and didn't realise they were so 'jazzy sounding' I thought they were a straight ahead 'rock band' but obviously they weren't.
     
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