Jazz Fusion

“Fusion” has often been described as the mixing of jazz with rock styles, although most jazz-fusion at first came from the rhythm and harmonies of soul music, particularly James Brown and Sly Stone. Out of these more static harmonic structures emerged something called “modal” improvising which many jazz players, e.g., Miles Davis and John Coltrane, started to use in jazz settings.

Important Stylist:

John McLaughlin (Mahavisnu Orchestra)

http://www.johnmclaughlin.com/light_vers/past/main_02.html

Joe Zawinul (Weather Report)

http://www.binkie.net/zawinul/

Michael and Randy Brecker (The Brecker Brothers Band)

http://www.internationaljazzproductions.com/breckerbros.html

Tony Williams (Lifetime)

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Tony_Williams.html

Steely Dan

http://www.steelydan.com/

Chick Corea (Return to Forever)

http://www.chickcorea.com/

Important Big Bands: 

Bob Mintzer

http://www.bobmintzer.com/

Jaco Pastorius

http://www.jacopastorius.com/